Can jockeys still remount?

Can jockeys still remount? Historically, jockeys could, and frequently did, remount horses that fell, unseated rider or refused during races, in order to complete the course and collect prize money. Sir Anthony McCoy, for example, famously remounted odds-on favourite, Family Business, to finish alone and win a race at Southwell in January, 2003, in which all seven starters failed to complete the course unscathed.

However, since November, 2009, when the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) introduced new safety rules, jockeys are not allowed to remount horses after the start of a race. Jockeys may remount, with the permission of the racecourse doctor or veterinary surgery, if they are unseated during the preliminaries but, once the race is underway, may only remount, with permission, for the purpose of riding back to the unsaddling enclosure.

Of course, the rule change introduced the possibility of races being declared void in the event of no finishers. Indeed, that eventually famously happened for the first time in a novices’ chase at Towcester in March, 2011; two of four the runners fell at one fence early on in the race and, at the same fence on the second circuit, the favourite refused and unseated his rider, hampering the only remaining runner so badly that he, too, unseated his rider.

Which is the oldest of the five English Classics?

Which is the oldest of the five English Classics? The five English Classics are, of course, the 2,000 Guineas Stakes, the 1,000 Guineas Stakes, the Oaks Stakes, the Derby Stakes and the St. Leger Stakes. At least, that is the order in which the Classics are run in the modern racing calendar, but they all came into existence at slightly different times.

Indeed, the St. Leger Stakes, which is run over 1 mile 6 furlongs at Doncaster in September, may be the final Classic of the season, but was, in fact, the first to be inaugurated. The brainchild of Major General Anthony St. Leger, a local army officer and politician, the St. Leger Stakes was first run, as ‘a sweepstake of 25 guineas’, on Cantley Common in 1776, before moving to Town Moor two years later.

Next, chronologically, came the Oaks Stakes, devised by Edward Smith-Stanley, 12th Earl of Derby and friends, and first run on Epsom Downs in 1779. The Derby Stakes, co-founded by Smith-Stanley and his friend, Sir Charles Bunbury – who, according to legend, tossed a coin to decide after which of them the race was named – followed a year later. Decades later, in his capacity as Jockey Club Steward, Sir Charles Bunbury was also responsible for establishing the 2,000 Guineas, first run at Newmarket in 1809, and the 1,000 Guineas, five years later.

Who is the leading tryscorer in international rugby union?

Who is the leading tryscorer in international rugby union? Rugby union is the most popular form of rugby, globally, and is played in over a hundred countries on six countries. Indeed, rugby union is the national sport in developed countries, such as New Zealand, Wales, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga and Georgia – all of whom have played, at one time or another, in the Rugby World Cup – and even in Madagascar, which is one of the least developed countries in the world, according to the United Nations.

Half a dozen players have scored 50 or more tries in international rugby, but the leading tryscorer of all time is the former Japanese wing, and occasional centre, Daisuke Ohata. Ohata rose to prominence in the World Rugby Sevens Series but, having scored a hat-trick on his debut for the Japanese national team on November 9, 1996, went on to play 58 test matches. All in all, he scored 69 tries and, while his record was criticised because he spent much of his career playing inferior nations, he also scored tries against against France, Ireland, Wales and Argentina.

Second place on the list of all-time tryscorers in international rugby is former South African wing Bryan Habana, with 67 tries. A Rugby World Cup winner in 2007, Habana also jointly holds the record, with Jonah Lomu, for the number of tries scored in a single Rugby World Cup tournament (8) and for the number of tries scored at the Rugby World Cup (15). Habana is closely followed by former Australian wing and full-back David ‘Campo’ Campese, with 64 tries in 101 test matches; Campese was the first Australian player to participate in hundred test matches.

Which player has scored the most hat-tricks?

Which player has scored the most hat-tricks? In recent seasons, countless column inches have been devoted, not without justification, to the rivalry between two giants of the modern game, Cristiano Ronaldo, nowadays of Juventus and Portugal, and Lionel Messi, of Barcelona and Argentina. Between them, they have won every individual award in the game, including the coveted Ballon d’Or, or ‘Golden Ball’, every year between 2008 and 2017 and, although neither of them is getting any younger, their rivalry seems set to continue for a while yet.

In terms of hat-tricks, Cristiano Ronaldo, 33, just holds the edge over his nemesis, having chalked up a total of 52 trebles in his career to date, including 44 for Real Madrid. He has scored three goals in a game for Los Blancos 34 times in La Liga, seven times in the UEFA Champion League, twice in the Copa del Rey and once in the FIFA Club World Cup. The remainder of his hat-trick tally is made up of six for Portugal, one for Juventus, in the UEFA Champions League and one for Manchester United in the Premier League. By contrast, Messi, 30, has racked up 51 career hat-tricks, including 45 for Barcelona. His Barça record includes 33 hat-tricks in La Liga, eight in the UEFA Champions League, three in the Copa del Rey and one in the Spanish Super Cup; like Ronaldo, he scored six hat-tricks at international level, for Argentina.

For all their accolades, neither Ronaldo nor Messi is likely to come anywhere near the record of 92 career hat-tricks set by the Brazilian footballer Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known as Pele, who also recorded 31 four-goal ‘pokers’ between 1956 and 1977.

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