Who are the biggest names in horse racing? Who are the most famous jockeys and the most legendary horses? Find out here!

Five Star Flat Jockeys
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    Frankie Dettori

    Frankie Dettori is a racing icon, and is best known for his flying dismounts and winning all seven races in one day at Ascot. As well as being an outstanding horse jockey, Dettori also fancies himself as a disc jockey and built his own professional DJ booth in his home, which he shares with loads of pets including an two emus! The cheeky Italian also made an appearance on reality TV show Big Brother in 2013.

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    William Buick

    William Buick was born in Norway but moved over to the UK to work for the father of renowned television presenter Clare Balding, and he’s never looked back. His father was a champion jockey and his mother a show jumper so riding was always in his blood. It was clear which direction William was heading after he was late to school because he was busy exercising racehorses in the morning!

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    James Doyle

    Despite having a background in racing, James Doyle nearly hung up his riding boots to become a plumber in 2010! Thankfully he never gave up and he’s recently been racing in Australia for the powerful Goldolphin racing team. He’s not the only sibling to have moved aboard for the sport – his older sister Sophie is a successful jockey in America.

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    Ryan Moore

    A lot of people would say that three-time champion Ryan Moore is the best jockey in the world. He broke the post-World War record at Royal Ascot in 2015, winning an incredible nine races during the week. Ryan has always had a keen passion for football and dreamt of playing for England. Although he never made it that far, he did take part in trials for Brighton and Hove Football Club.

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    Josephine Gordon

    Reigning champion apprentice jockey Josephine Gordon is a rising star in racing, and is only the third female jockey in history to win the title. The humble and hardworking rider came close to pursuing an alternative career but she stuck with racing and fought a close battle to take the crown in the Apprentice Championship last year. She’s a big animal lover and often takes her own dog with her on holiday!

Five Star Jump Jockeys
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    Richard Johnson

    Richard Johnson recently won his second championship title in a row. At nearly 40, he’s got loads of experience in horse racing and is a bit of a father figure to the younger jockeys. One of his best friends, retired 20-time champion, Sir Anthony McCoy said: “He made me better, I knew if I could beat Richard Johnson, I could probably beat everyone else.”

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    Sam Twiston-Davies

    Sam Twiston-Davies was always destined for a career in the saddle. His Dad has trained Grand National winners and his younger brother is also a jockey – talk about sibling rivalry! He has risen up the ranks and at only 17 he rode to victory on his first Cheltenham Festival winner. He’s a bit of a thrill-seeker away from the track, too, and in his spare time likes skiing and even camel racing (yes, that’s a thing!).

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    Aidan Coleman

    Irish Aidan has ridden for many great trainers since he started race riding in 2007. He’s a popular lad with lots of friends in the sport, and like most of them enjoys a game of golf when he gets the chance. He’s also a big fan of being on the water and loves chilling out in the pool or out at sea.

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    Lizzie Kelly

    A country girl at heart with a keen sense of fashion, Lizzie Kelly is one of the top female jockeys and her career shows no signs of slowing down. She made national headlines when she became the first woman in the UK to win the highest level of jumps race in 2015 and then she landed her second Grade 1 in April. Her win was definitely a family affair: the horse she rode for both victories, Tea for Two, is owned by her mum and trained by her step-dad.

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    Tom Scudamore

    Tom Scudamore is one of the most experienced and respected jockeys in the weighing room – and it runs in the family. His dad is eight-time champion jockey Peter Scudamore and his grandfather Michael won the Grand National in 1959. He’s known as a bit of a joker and was once in a band called ‘Benny and the Moon Goons’. These days he focuses on horse racing, but he still plays guitar in his free time.

Five Star Horses
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    Frankel

    Frankel is officially the world's best thoroughbred racehorse. He was born in 2008 and started his career as a two-year-old, going on to win all 14 races that he was entered into. Frankel set an incredible record of eight back-to-back wins in Group One races before he retired in 2012. He now lives at Banstead Manor Stud and is walked seven miles a day to keep fit. If you get the chance to visit him, you might also catch his best friend, George the cat!

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    Kauto Star

    Kauto Star was one of racing’s most adored horses and captured the public’s heart throughout his amazing career. He ran in 41 races and won 23, including famous wins such as regaining the Cheltenham Gold Cup having lost it the year before. He also was the first Jumps horse to win over £2 million in prize money!

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    Thistlecrack

    Thistlecrack is the biggest name in jumps racing today. He has the potential to become a legend if he continues his fantastic record of 13 wins from 19 races. He’s injured at the moment but everyone is excited to see if he can fulfil his huge talent – at his best he’s in a league of his own!

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    Minding

    This super filly spent much of last year proving herself as a cut above the rest. She has been described by her Jockey Ryan Moore as the best filly he’s ever ridden and by her trainer Aidan O’Brien as both ‘incredible’ and ‘very special’. Her best performance came in October last year when she beat the best of the boys at Ascot on Champions Day. She’s still in training and will be on show for us to admire all throughout the summer.

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    Pegasus

    Okay, so Pegasus might not be a real life racehorse but as far as the best horses ever go, he’s definitely on the list. The strong, protective and loyal Pegasus is not just any horse, he was created by the Gods and – unlike most horses – has massive wings to help him fly to the aid of his best friend, Hercules. They’d probably give him an unfair advantage on the racetrack!