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Joe Fanning reaches 2,500 winner landmark with help of Universal Gleam

Sat 24 Aug 2019

Joe Fanning has become only the second current Flat jockey – alongside Frankie Dettori – to reach the landmark of 2,500 winners.

Yorkshire-based Fanning achieved the feat when he scored on Universal Gleam at Redcar.

Fanning trails Dettori by almost 700 winners. But his 60th success at Redcar, by three-quarters of a length on Keith Dalgleish’s 9-2 shot Universal Gleam in the Racing TV Straight Mile Series Handicap, brought up two notable milestones in one in his near 30-year career.

The 48-year-old jockey told Great British Racing: “It’s a brilliant achievement, and I’m very pleased to have reached it.

“To win 2,500 times in any sport is massive. I’ve been lucky enough to ride some great horses over the years.”

Fanning has ridden more than half of his total winners for Mark Johnston, and his only Group One success came on the record-breaking trainer’s The Last Lion in the Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket three years ago.

Fanning added: “There have been some great wins over the years.

“The Last Lion win has to be up there. But I have been lucky enough to enjoy many good days, particularly with Mark Johnston – he has been great for me, and I thank him and all the trainers that have supported me.”

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