Ioritz Mendizabal 8st 5 lbs--53.5 kgs

Ioritz Mendizabal. 
Photo by Nick HigginsLike his countryman, Oscar Urbina, born in the Basque country but altogether a different type of jockey. Spent a period at Kildangan Stud in the early 1990's learning the trade.

At about 5ft 10" , he is "skyscraper tall" for a jockey but manages to keep his weight down to 53.5 kgs. Goes about his business in a quiet and industrious manner and has worked really hard to rise up the the ranks. He fully deserved to finish 4th in 2001.

Riding a lot for Jean-Claude Rouget and in the SW of France, Ioritz has a very effective strike rate although he will need to increase the amount of rides if he is ever to lift the Cravache d'Or.

In 2002, Ioritz seemed to have read ther above comment and produced a brilliant effort to finish 2nd in the table.

In 2003, he improved once again, winning his first group race and finished 2nd again to Soumillon whilst getting 200 fewer rides.

Particularily good with two year olds.

Ioritz Mendizabal

Statistics sourced from FranceGalop.com

Year Wins Rides Position
1992 23 117 42nd
1994 30 88 36th
1995 24 139 38th
1999 56 379 14th
2000 64 368 11th
2001 96 388 4th
2002 99 525 2nd =
2003 165 821 2nd

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