Thierry Jarnet
Champion Jockey in France 1992,'93,'94 & '95

Thierry Jarnet. 
Photo courtesy of FranceGalop.comBorn on March 24th, 1967, Thierry has been multiple champion in France winning the title 4 times from 1992 to 1995.

He was first apprenticed to Patrice Rago and then Yann Porzier, both jump trainers. He rode his first winner in 1985.

Things really took off in 1991 and with Group 1 winners aboard Subotica in the Grand Prix de Paris, Victoire Bleu in the Prix du Cadran and Tel Quel in the Champion Stakes at Newmarket.

With the departure of Asmussen from the Fabre stable in 1991, Thierry took over as stable jockey and therefore rider for Sheikh Mohammed in France. Together the Fabre/Jarnet/Mohammed combination were very powerful throughout the 1990's. Then in 1992, he gained his first key win by landing the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe on Subotica and he then repeated the feat on Carnegie in 1994.

Another venture to Newmarket saw him land the Dewhurst stakes on the great 2 year old, Pennekamp.

The 1995 2,000 Guineas was the stage for an epic encounter between the best 2 year olds of 1994.
From France there was Pennekamp and from England there was Celtic Swing.
However, Thierry stole the show with a great waiting ride on Pennekamp to pip Kevin Darley on the line.

The emergence of Olivier Peslier from 1993 meant Thierry has shared the rides at the Fabre stable--Thierry riding for Sheikh Mohammed and Peslier riding the Weildenstein horses.

Thierry winning the Prix Marcel Boussac in 2000

However, in March 1998 he was thrown in the paddock at St.Cloud and was out of action until August'98 whereupon he won the Grand Prix de Deauville on Epistoltaire.

Picking up the pieces in 1999, he won the Grand Prix de Paris on Slickly for Fabre.

In 2000, he broke up with Fabre and rode as a freelance and also signed a contract to ride for the Marquesa de Moratalla.

As luck would have it, he came in for a spare Classic ride on Bluemamba in the French 1,000 Guineas after Sylvain Guillot had suffered an accident.
In the tightest of finishes off a very slow early pace, Thierry and Bluemamba just held on.

2000 signalled a return to Thierry's normal strike rate and he booted him 110 winners (his 8th century) to finish 2nd again to Olivier Peslier.

Thierry has ridden just over 1,627 winners to the end of 2003, with his mounts earning FRF 247 million prizemoney between 1991 and 2001.

Thierry was one of the first to employ a US style of riding in France having ridden in California in the winter of 1989.

Big Race Wins

  • 1991 Gran Premio d'Italia--Pigeon Voyageur
  • 1991 Prix du Cadran--Victoire Bleu
  • 1991 Grand Prix de Paris--Subotica
  • 1991 Champion Stakes--Tel Quel
  • 1992 Europa Preis--Apple Tree
  • 1992 Grand Prix de Paris--Homme de Loi
  • 1992 Prix Ganay--Subotica
  • 1992 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe--Subotica
  • 1993 Criterium de Saint Cloud--Sunshack
  • 1993 Prix Saint Alary--Intrepidity
  • 1993 Prix Vermeille--Intrepidity
  • 1993 Prix d'Isaphan--Arcangues
  • 1994 Prix Saint Alary--Moonlight Dance
  • 1994 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe--Carnegie
  • 1994 Prix de la Salamandre--Pennekamp
  • 1994 Dewhurst Stakes--Pennekamp
  • 1994 Coronation Cup--Apple Tree
  • 1994 Grand Prix de Saint Cloud--Apple Tree
  • 1995 Grand Prix de Saint Cloud--Carnegie
  • 1995 2,000 Guineas--Pennekamp
  • 1995 Prix Royal Oak--Sunshack
  • 1996 Grand Prix de Paris--Grape Tree Road
  • 1996 Prix Saint Alary--Luna Wells
  • 1996 Prix du Cadran--Nononito
  • 1999 Grand Prix de Paris--Slickly
  • 1999 Prix d'Isaphan--Croco Rouge
  • 2000 French 1,000 Guineas--Bluemamba
  • 2000 Prix Marcel Boussac--Amonita
  • 2002 Prix Saint Alary--Marotta
  • 2002 Grand Prix de Saint Cloud--Ange Gabriel
  • 2002 Hong Kong Vase--Ange Gabriel
  • 2003 Vicomtesse de Vigier--Cut Quartz
  • 2003 Grand Prix de Chantilly--Ange Gabriel
  • 2003 Prix du Chemin du Fer du Nord--Tripat
  • 2003 Grand Prix du Saint Cloud--Ange Gabriel
  • 2003--Prix du Ris-Orange--Swedish Shave

    Thierry Jarnet

    Biographical information & Statistics sourced from

    Year Wins Rides Position
    1985-90 137 - -
    1991 120 892 2nd
    1992 124 807 1st
    1993 157 825 1st
    1994 158 920 1st
    1995 145 816 1st
    1996 138 908 2nd
    1997 120 826 3rd
    1998 N/A N/A N/A
    1999 72 726 8th
    2000 110 860 2nd
    2001 82 717 6th
    2002 86 748 5th
    2003 94 712 5th
    Total 1,627 12,299 --

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