Richard Hills....8st 2 lbs--52 kgs
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Richard Hills, 1st Jockey for Hamdan Al Maktoum. Photo by Nick Higgins at KemptonAlthough jockeys are quite difficult to approach on the racecourse, Richard is one of those rare jockeys who does have time for everybody. He will gladly stop, talk to you and explain his thoughts.

It is amazing to think that after more than 25 years riding, Richard & his twin brother, Michael, are not that many winners apart in the total number of career winners.

Richard's father is successful UK trainer, Barry Hills.
However, Richard did not serve his apprenticeship at home.
Instead, he joined Tom Jones at Newmarket & rode for him for about 18 years.
His first winner was on Border Dawn at Doncaster on October 26th, 1979.

The alliance with Tom Jones meant that he has been riding for Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum since 1982.
His first big winner was the Ascot Gold Cup on Ashal in 1990 and since then he has booted home a total of 83 Group winners.

His first Classic was the 1,000 Guineas on Harayir with an enterprising ride and he repeated the feat again in 2000 for John Gosden on Lahan, a tricky ride.
On both occasions the winning owner was his main employer, Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum.

He became Al Maktoum's 2nd jockey in 1995 and took up the lead jockey role on the retirement of Willie Carson in 1997.
Certainly his biggest win to date has been the 1999 Dubai World Cup on Almutawakel. Richard Hills, 2nd left, San Sebastian, August 15th, 1993, with his brother Michael and the Borrego twins, Jose-Luis & Matias

Richard has worked hard at riding winners abroad as well as in the UK.
His first regular foreign ventures were to Spain in 1992 to ride for the powerful Cuadra Alborada stable trained by the Argentinian, Enrique Bedouret.

That year in Spain, Richard managed to win 20 races from 71 rides and finished 2nd in the Spanish Jockeys table by prize money won.

In 1993, he started riding in Dubai in the British winter and he has ridden there with great success.

Around 1998, Richard came back from Dubai with a new reformed riding style which combined US & European styles of riding. He now rides with toe-in-the-iron, stirrups a bit shorter and uses "backhanders" a lot less. It is now much easier to tell the two twins apart when Richard is not riding in the Hamdan colours!

Richard coming back on Sakhee having won the Dante Stakes at Doncaster. Photo by Steve Parrott

2000 has certainly been Richard's best year to date with 81 domestic winners and an all-time high of 14 Group winners.

However, Richard and the rest of British racing were eager to see how the exciting 2 year old colt, Nayef, turned out to be in his Classic campaign.
Richard rode the half-brother to Nashwan on both his starts in 2000, proclaiming him to be the best juvenile he had ever sat on.

Nayef was given time to come to himself by trainer Marcus Tregonning and in the latter part of the season the colt lifted the Champion Stakes, Group 1, along with the Rose of Lancaster Stakes (Grp3.) and Select Stakes (Grp3). They were to later also capture the 2002 Dubai Sheema Classic which had Group 1 status.

Richard began the 2001 flat season by taking the Greenham Stakes (Grp3) on the flashy chesnut, Munir. Along with the Nayef victories, he also won the Woodbine International & Price of Wales Stakes with Mutamam, the Q.E.II Stakes with a great ride on the lead with Summoner (33-1) & the Prix Dollar on Albarahin.

Richard winning the Dante on Sakhee at Doncaster. Photo by Steve Parrott

He shares his agent, John Robertson, with his brother. Robertson's e-mail is

Richard is the all-time leading jockey in Dubai in terms of wins (349) and prize money to mid-March'03 (AED 20.3m).

Away from the racecourse, Richard dedicates his time to his family, wife Jaci and son Patrick. He also tries to fit in his hobbies of golf, shooting, watersports and ornamental ducks when he can.

Richard on MutamamRichard on Mutamam lifts the Woddbine International in 2001 Best Horses Ridden: Haafhd, Nayef, Sakhee, Almutawakel, Mutafaweq, Harayir, Elnadim, Mtoto, Mutamam

Group Races Won (83)

  • 1985--ILIUM, Yorkshire Cup, Grp.2.
  • 1986--SIZZLING MELODY, Flying Childers, Grp2, Norfolk Stakes, Grp3,
    TARIB, Premio Umbra, Grp2, Ostermann-Pokal,Grp3

  • 1987--MTOTO, Prince of Wales Stakes, Grp2,
    SIZZLING MELODY, Prix Petit Couvert, Grp3.

  • 1990--ASHAL, Ascot Gold Cup, Grp1.

  • 1992--ZAAHI, Diomed Stakes, Grp3

  • 1994--MAROOF, QE II Stakes, Grp1,
    WAGON MASTER, Prince of Wales Stakes, Grp2,
    GABR, Beeswing Stakes, Grp3,
    MAMLAKAH, May Hill Stakes, Grp3.

  • 1995--HARAYIR, 1,000 Guineas, Grp1.,
    WIND IN HER HAIR, Aral Pokal, Grp1,

    DUMAANI, Keio Hai Spring Cup, Grp2,
    FAHAL, Rose of Lancaster Stakes, Grp3,
    PHANTOM GOLD, St.Simon Stakes, Grp3.

  • 1996--ALHAARTH, Prix du Rond Pint, Grp2,
    INDIAN RULER, Mill Reef Stakes, Grp2,
    GABR, Van Geest Criterion Stakes, Grp3,
    CELERIC, Jockey Club Gold Cup, Grp3.

  • 1997--HAYIL, Middle Park Stakes, Grp1.,
    ELNADIM, Diadem Stakes, Grp2,
    CRIMSON TIDE, Premio Ribot, Grp2,
    REUNION, Nell Gwyn Stakes, Grp3,
    NADWAH, Queen Mary, Grp3,
    LA-FAAH, Horris Hill Stakes, Grp3.

  • 1998--ELNADIM, Darley July Cup Grp1,
    MUJAHID, Saudi Arabian Airlines Dewhurst Stakes, Grp1.,

    MUQTARIB, Richmond Stakes, Grp2,
    MUTAAHAB, Royal Lodge Stakes, Grp2,
    MUHTATHIR, Triple Print Celebation Mile, Grp2, Hungerford Stakes Grp3.,
    RABAH, Peugeot Gordon Stakes, Grp3.

  • 1999--ALMUTAWAKEL, Dubai World Cup, Grp1,
    MUTAFAWEQ, St.Leger, Grp1.,

    TIPSY CREEK, Temple Stakes, Grp2,
    LAHAN, Rockfell Stakes, Grp2,
    ALTIBR, Dubai Duty Free, Grp3,
    EKRAAR, Champagne Lanson Stakes, Grp3,
    ALABAQ, Premio Bagutta Milan, Grp3.

  • 2000--LAHAN--1,000 Guineas, Grp1.,
    MUTAFAWEQ, WGZ Bank Deutschland Preis, Grp1.,

    ALSHAKR, Child Stakes, Grp3,
    SAKHEE, Dante Stakes, Grp2, Sandown Classic Trial, Grp3,
    MUTAMAM, September Stakes, Grp3, Cumberland Lodge Stakes, Grp3,
    SAYEDAH, Rockfell Stakes, Grp2,
    BOUNCING BOWDLER, Mill Reef Stakes, Grp2,
    EKRAAR--Rose of Lancaster Stakes, Grp.3.
    EKRAAR--Seelect Stakes, Grp.3.
    CHINA VISIT, U.A.E. Derby

  • 2001--SUMMONER--QEII Stakes, Grp1.
    MUTAMAM, Woodbine International, Grp1

    MUTAMAM, Prince of Wales Stakes, Grp2.
    ALBARAHIN, Prix Dollar, Grp2.
    NAYEF, Champion Stakes, Grp1., Rose of Lancaster, Grp3., Select Stakes, Grp3.,
    MUNIR, Greenham Stakes, Grp3

  • 2002--NAYEF--Juddmonte International, Grp1.
    NAYEF--Dubai Sheema Classic, Grp.1

    AKBAR--Henry II Stakes, Grp.2
    BANDARI--Great Voltigeur, Grp.2
    MUBTAKER--Geoffrey Freer Stakes, Grp.2
    TASHAWAK--Falmouth Stakes, Grp.2
    MISTERAH--Nell Gwyn, Grp.3
    AL JADEED--Royal Lodge Stakes, Grp. 2
    MAKHLAB--Horris Hill Stakes, Grp.3
    SHARPLAW VENTURE--Watership Down Stud Sales Race

  • 2003--NAYEF--Prince of Wales Stakes, Grp1.
    LEADERSHIP--Gran Premio di Milano, Grp.1
    EKRAAR--Gran Premio del Jockey Club, Grp.1.

    AYNTHIA--Premio Mario Incisa, Grp.3
    MUBTAKER--Geoffrey Freer, Grp.2.
    MUBTAKER--September Stakes, Grp.3.
    ITNAB--Princess Royal Stakes, Grp3.
    KHULOOD--Nell Gwynn, Grp.3.

  • 2004--HAAFHD--Craven Stakes, Grp3.
    HAAFHD--2,000 Guineas, Grp1.
    HAAFHD--Champion Stakes, Grp.1.
    BANDARI--Prince of Wales Stakes, Grp.2.
    ETLAALA--Champagne Stakes, Grp.2.
    MUBTAKER--Geoffrey Freer, Grp.2.

    2005--MARAAHEL--Huxley Stakes, Grp3.
    ALKAADHEM--Bulgari Jebel Hatta, Grp.2.

    Richard Hills Career Wins

    Some statistics supplied by Richard's agent, John Robertson. (last update 20.05.05)

    Year UK Dubai Europe/Ire Group Arab
    1979 2 - - - -
    1980 6 - - - -
    1981 12 - - - -
    1982 31 - - - -
    1983 25 - - - -
    1984 39 - - - -
    1985 39 - - - -
    1986 42 - - 4 -
    1987 46 - - 2 -
    1988 52 - - - -
    1989 63 - - - -
    1990 56 - 2 1 -
    1991 67 - - - -
    1992 52 - 20 1 -
    1993 57 14 1 - -
    1994 59 44 - 4 -
    1995 70 51 3 5 -
    1996 71 29 3 4 -
    1997 85 35 1 6 7
    1998 83 30 - 7 4
    1999 77 31 - 7 3
    2000 81 36 1 14 3
    2001 79 27 3 8 5
    2002 81 24 -- 10 --
    2003 75 25 3 8 --
    2004 66 13 -- -- --
    2005 14 11 -- -- --
    Total 1,430 370 38 81 22 1,832

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