Christophe Lemaire Profile

Cristophe P.LemaireAs last year’s 1000 Guineas winner, all eyes will be on Christophe Lemaire for the 2009 race. Visit our 1000 Guineas 2008 results page for more information.

Hailing from France, Christophe Patrice Lemaire, born March 20, 1979, has seen remarkable success in Asia, Britian and his home country. He started his jockeying career in 1999, when he obtained his French license and progressively made a name for himself over the years. In 2003, Christophe Lemaire won both the French Group 1 and the Grand Prix de Paris and was ranked as the 7th leading jockey for the year.

Japanese Central Racing and Christophe Lemaire

Christophe Lemaire started participating in the Japanese Central Racing in 2002 by using the short term license system. He did well at Chukyo Racecourse and Kokura Racecourse.

In 2004, he showed some notable achievements but failed to win a Jusho pattern race. Lemaire rode Dance in the Mood to a second place finish in the Emperor’s Cup. He also finished second at the Japan Cup with Cosmo Bulk.

Christophe Lemaire 2005

In 2005, Christophe Lemaire saw another 2nd place at the Daiwa Major in the Mile Championship.

His major breakthrough happened in the Arima Kinen, one of the “All-Star” races in Japan. He led the race on Heart’s Cry (trained by Kojiro Hashiguchi),a horse that wasn’t tipped as a favourite to win. Lemaire pulled through in first place to claim a Jusho pattern race win at Grade 1. The race had been won for 3 consecutive years by Olivier Peslier, another French jockey.

Since then, Lemaire has moved from strength to strenth . 2006 saw him winning the Dubai Sheema Classic on Heart’s Cry. In the same year, he finished first on Pride at the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud, beating the favoured Hurricane Run.