Gerald Mosse---FRANCE
119 lbs---8st 7 lbs--54kgs

Gerald Mosse. Photo kindly lent by France GalopGerald hails form south-west France and was born on January 3rd, 1968. He had his first ride at the age of 15 on April 2nd, 1983 and rode 20 winners in his first season.

Very much the suavest of the French jockeys in that he is well groomed, good looking, lives in a very smart residence near Chantilly and has been retained by the top owner in the last 10 years, the Aga Khan.

Gerald was first apprenticed to Patrick Biancome with whom he became champion French apprentice.

From there he was retained by Francois Boutin to ride the Lagadere horses and he also rode regularily for Francois Doumen.

Gerald Mosse winning on Darazari. Photo kindly lent by France Galop

His first Group 1 success was aboard Double Bed in January 1988 at Hialeah Park in Florida.
His first major winner was aboard Saumarez in the 1990 Arc de Triomphe.

On April 13th, 1991, a fall whilst racing at San Siro, Milan, put him out of the saddle for two months.

However, payback came in the same year with five straight wins on champion 2 year old wonder horse, Arazi, who later went on to win the Breeders' Cup Juvenile in amazing fashion.
Included in that winning streak were the three Group 1s in France, the Prix Morny, Prix de la Salamandre and Grand Criterium.

Late in 1991, Gerald took up a tempting offer to ride for his original governor, Biancome, in Hong Kong, which produced 86 winners in two years

Winning on Mouramara at Longchamp, 2000. Photo kindly lent by France Galop

On his return to France in 1993, he was retained by HH Aga Khan to ride as his jockey, an agreement that lasted for 10 seasons and probably the most successful owner-jockey pairing in the last 10 years. However, as of 2002, the association will be no longer, Gerald deciding to dedicate more time to riding in Hong Kong.

This has meant that he has had the pick of the rides from trainer Alain de Royer-Dupre's stable.

In the last 10 years, riding at 54kgs has meant he has not ridden as much as his colleagues. However, the quality of his rides and the long string of big race victories have more than made up for this.

Gerald Mosse on Hightori. Photo kindly lent by France

Technically, Gerald employs the old classical French style of seat, a-la-Saint Martin or Freddie Head. That is to say stirrups very short, knees above the withers with feet well into the inside of the irons.

With Gerald's height, the impression that he is balancing on a log is heightened. However, horses run very well for him and he is very strong in a finish.

Consider his win on Jim and Tonic in the 2001 Dubai Duty Free (800,000 to the winner) when they pegged back Fairy King Prawn having looked held in the last 100 yards.

Mosse & Hightori cantering to the start of
the 2001 King George.
Photo courtesy of Mosse and hightori returning afer an unlucky 3rd.
Photo courtesy of

In the 2001 Dubai World Cup, Gerald was rowing away on Hightori from about 5 furlongs out and managed to snatch 3rd place and 400,000 right on the line. Just the sort of jockey an owner needs and 1.2 million in prize money does not sound like bad work to us !

From 1999, as with Olivier Peslier, Gerald has been very much in demand from English trainers to ride when available in the big races. This he has done to great effect with the help of top Newmarket agent, Shippy Ellis.

Gerald rode Daliapour to finish 2nd to Oath in the 1999 Derby at Epsom. The pair were again second to Montjeu at the Curragh in the Irish Derby.

From 1991 to 2001, Gerald's mounts in France have earned FRF 175 million in purses.

In 2003, he won the Group 1 Hong Kong Derby.


  • Arc de Triomphe--Saumarez, 1990.
  • French 1,000 Guineas--Zalaiyka, 1998.
  • French 2,000 Guineas--Ashkalani, 1996, Daylami, 1997, Sendawar, 1999.
  • French Derby--Celtic Arms, 1994, Ragmar, 1996
  • French Oaks--Restless Kara, 1988, Shemaka, 1993, Vereva, 1997, Zainta, 1998, Daryaba, 1999
  • Coronation Stakes--Gold Splash, 1993.
  • St.James's Palace Stakes--Sendawar, 1999.
  • Gran Premio di Milano--Dark Moondancer, 1999.
  • Hong Kong Cup--River Verdon, 19991, Jim and Tonic, 1999.
  • Hong Kong Mile--Jim and Tonic, 1998.
  • Dubai Duty Free--Jim and Tonic, 2001.
  • Copa de Oro de San Sebastian--Petit Loup, 1992.
  • Haydock Sprint Cup--Nuclear Debate, 2001.
  • Hong Kong Derby---2003


  • French 1,000 Guineas (1)
  • French 2,000 Guineas (3)
  • French Derby (2)
  • French Oaks (5)
  • Prix du Moulin (3)
  • Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (1)
  • Prix Ganay (2)
  • Prix Lupin (1)
  • Prix d'Isaphan (1)
  • Prix Jean Prat (2)
  • Grand Prix de Paris (1)
  • Prix Vermeille (2)
  • Prix de la Salamandre (1)
  • Prix du Cadran (1)
  • Grand Criterium (1)
  • Marcel Boussac (2)
  • Prix Royal Oak (2)
  • Prix Saint Alary (1)
  • Prix du Cadran (1)
  • Criterium de Saint Cloud (1)
  • Prix Morny (3)

    Missing from his Group 1 cabinet in France are the Prix Maurice de Gheest, Prix Jacques-le-Marois, Prix de l'Abbaye, Grand Prix de Saint Cloud and Prix de la Foret.

    Gerald Mosse e-mail--Click to e-mail Shippy Ellis, his agent in the UK

    or phone Shippy on 01638 668 484.

    Gerald Mosse 1991-2001, France

    Statistics sourced from

    Year Wins Rides Position
    1991 49 316 12th
    1992 19 152 49th
    1993 55 433 9th
    1994 102 706 3rd
    1995 93 520 3rd
    1996 105 583 3rd
    1997 83 660 5th
    1998 97 574 4th
    1999 95 576 3rd
    2000 69 520 9th
    2001 54 394 14th
    Total 821 5,434 --

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