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Stephen's National Hunt Jockey Ratings - updated 31st July 2012.

PositionJockeyRatingLast WeekStephen's Word
1 Jason McGuire 93 93 Most improved rider in the weighing room since teaming up with the powerful Donald McCain yard and a fine horsemen who is particularly strong in a finish. An excellent judge of pace from the front he is destined for the top as the older guard near retirement. Rode several winners in recent days and highlighted versatilty and class on Reindeer Dippin. Rode his 100th winner of the season at Ayr and his main stable is in blistering form. Cinders and Ashes was a highlight at the festival. Shone again on the tricky Red Merlin in the featured Swinton hurdle at Haydock and the McCain yard is in superb form.
  AP McCoy 93 91 15 times champion is only tied 2nd in our exclusive ratings despite boasting the highest win totals of all the riders. Strong and seemingly made of Iron, the quest for winners on a daily basis is unrelenting and he is very popular with punters up and down the land. He has carried many a tired horse to improbable victories for the all-powerful Jonjo 0'Neil yard, but perhaps just falls short of our current top two in finessing top class horses on the bridle and presenting novices into fences or hurdles. Riding at the top of his form in the past few weeks despite a horror fall on Darlan at Newbury. At his imperious best to land the Gold Cup on Synchronised and the Jonjo yard has been making hay in the Summer.
3 Ruby Walsh 88 90 Stylish and immaculate over both fences and hurdles, this supreme horseman gets horses to travel and very rarely is the in wrong place at the wrong time. Has overcome serious injury several times and is now riding at his very best. Excelled from the front to land a thrilling King George and continues at the very top of the profession. A mixed Cheltenham, with superb rides on Big Bucks and Quevaga countered by defeats on Hurricane Fly and Boston Bob. Aintree fall on Zarkander saw him miss the National but shone previously on Silviano Conti and the imperios Big Bucks. Having a very quiet summer as usual.
  Barry Geraghty 88 90 0ne of the finest riders of a chaser and punters should always note when he ventures over from Ireland to ride a Henderson inmate. Shone on the promising Finians Rainbow first time out and has climbed the table after a prolific few days. In blistering form as Henderson continues in prolific form. Leading rider at the festival and superb in victory on Riverside Theatre.
5 Daryl Jacob 87 85 Number two to Ruby Walsh in the champion trainer Paul Nicholls yard, he has impressed many racereaders with his coolness and judgement of pace this season. Particularly effective on chasers where his quiet style is seen to good effect. Truly superb winning ride on Neptune Collonges in the Grand National, saving every inch and right at every fence before galvanising the veteran to lead on the post. Superb winning rides on Sanctuaire and Tidal Bay highlighted his versatility and growing confidence.
6 Aidan Coleman 85 83 Young pilot is superb from the front on chasers, finding a stride everytime and setting perfect fractions. His hit rate is low because main employer Venetia Williams had made a very slow start to the season but he is a rider set to climb the rating and his main yard now flying.
7 Dennis O'Regan 80 81 Patient style is not everyones cup of tea but very effective when patience is a virtue in deep ground. Gave Giles Cross a superb frontrunning ride at Haydock and has been riding at his very best in the past few weeks, with wins on Beamazed and Stormy Weather highlighting his versatility. Shone on Cape Tribulation at Cheltenham and deserves more rides.
  Nick Schofield 80 80 Based with Nicholls he has had plenty of chances to ride the best horses with good recent results and in form. Continues to ride very well and although main yard quiet has been picking up some decent outside rides, including landing a huge gamble on board Changing Lanes. Very good ride on Josh's Dreamway at Stratford.
  Richard Johnson 80 78 The perpetual bridesmaid behind the invincible McCoy, he has enjoyed teaming up with Phillip Hobbs yard in the past decade and is a consistent rider at the top level. A few high profile falls this season have led many to question his presentation into latter fences but few can argue with a fantastic career profile. Defeat on the hanging Colour Squadron was a bitter pill for many punters in the Tolworth hurdle but he has shone on the improving Menorah when winning at Aintree and the Hobbs yard has returned to form.
10 Lucy Alexander 79 78 The first lady rider on the list and very much a rider to follow. She turned pro this season and has an excellent hit rate, judgement and strength the equal or better than her male rivals and will climb the ratings if given opportunities by more high profile stables in the south. Shone again over the Christmas period and improving rapidly as illustrated by rides at Ayr and created history with a 23rd winner of the season at Musselburgh. Continues to impress and versatile tactically, with her teaming up with Ferdy Murphy reaping instant rewards. Superb in victory at Sedgefield again last week.
11 Paul Moloney 78 78 Gets a tune out of smooth travellers but can be a bit one dimensional. Comes alive when the cash is down for his shrewd Welsh yard. Evan Williams in great form in the past fortnight and Moloney shone on Mr Moss at Stratford.
  Timmy Murphy 78 78 Veteran is still very capable with his very quiet style and fine finnessing and has been in great form recently with high profile wins on 0ur Father and Water Garden at Ascot. Recent wins have confirmed his resurgence and versatility, including a sublime ride on the veteran Merigo to land the Scottish National.
  Paddy Brennan 78 77 Has had a chequered career with a few different yards but is top class when getting the chances. Teamed up with Tom George at the weekend to fantastic effect and seems to be riding with full confidence again. Ride of the month in persuading Current Climate home at Fontwell. Struggled to get many bookings for the festival which was suprising given his good form in the lead up.
14 Tom Scudamore 76 77 Excels in hurdlers or chasers from the front and very strong in a finish. Hasn't made the progress his early career suggested. Has regained confidence over the Christmas period with several decent winners. Festival highlight was a finely judged frontrunning ride on Salut Flo. David Pipe yard in excellent form post Cheltenham.
15 Dougie Costello 77 76 Northern journeyman is rarely in the wrong and deserves more chances than he gets. Enjoyed a rare time in the limelight with victory at the Cheltenham festival.
  Wayne Hutchinson 77 76 Did supremely well when main rider Robert Thornton was injured and is now riding with massively improved confidence at the highest level. Yard form has dipped as the ground has dried up.
17 Jamie Moore 76 74 Father Gary has had a decent week and son Jamie has been seen to good effect especially when winning from the front at Wincanton on Rajaman.
18 Brendan Powell Jnr 75 77 Very promising claimer has really impressed and is very much a young rider firmly on the up. Winning rides aplenty in January so far have confirmed his rapid progress (aged only 17). Can't yet drive himself but can certainly ride and starting to get more and more rides as trainers utilise his claim.
  Dominic Elsworth 75 75 Seen to best effect when frontrunning and very strong in a finish. Northern based attached to the in-form Sue Smith stable and has teamed up to great successes with the novice Mister Moonshine. Riding with confidence and in form at the moment as his superbly judged ride on Calgary Bay illustrated.
20 Sam Twiston Davies 74 73 The up-and-coming young star of the weighing room who fully merits his lofty rating. He is excellent from the front and fearless over a fence, something seen many times this season riding mainly his father Nigel's horses. Surely destined for the very top and a rider to follow. Stable back in terrific form and in the winners again.
21 Tom O'Brien 73 73 Deputy to R J at Phillip Hobbs, he is reliable pilot at the top level and rarely does much wrong. Needs a high profile horse to propel his career upwards. Didnt manage to get Menorah round on Saturday but did well to land the cash on Big Easy in a valuable handicap. Excellent frontrunning ride on Bruslini recently.
  Peter Buchanan 73 72 With in-form Lucinda Russell and excels from the front on chasers. Riding has improved as confidence grows.
  Robert Thornton 73 73 Returned to the fray after a long injury with a second on Suburban Bay at Southwell and got off the mark on Balder Spring at Ascot. Very strong on Lovcen in lowering the colours of Fingal Bay at Aintree.
24 Andrew Tinkler 72 72

Based with Henderson and capable when given the chance and had a decent few weeks.

  Jack Doyle 72 72 Based with the in-form Victor Dartnall yard he is much better over fences than he was where his confidence has improved with experience/winners.
26 Sam Thomas 71 71 Star has slipped since losing high profile job with Paul Nicholls and sliding in the ratings. Recent weeks have seen a resurgence and has been getting rides from some new sources as his confidence has returned. In the winners in the past few days.
  Henry Brooke 71 71 Second in line behind J M at McCains, he has shone when given the chance and is a young rider to follow up the ratings.
  Henry Oliver 71 70 Northern based rider is very good on chasers ridden from the front. Strong in a finish and deserves more chances. Sue Smith stable suddenly flying and he has excelled on a number of their recent winners.
  Conor O'Farrell 71 71 Promising conditional attached to the powerful Pipe yard is one to follow.
30 Felix De Giles 70 72 Attached to the powerful Henderson stable he has caught the eye a few times and is much improved. 0ne to follow as his opportunities increase. Excellent winning ride on Pretty Penny at Plumpton on Monday and has been in excellent form from the few "outside" chances he gets
  James Reveley 70 72 Very promising northern based pilot has enjoyed some high profile wins this season and is destine for better things when given a chance by the bigger yards. Patient hold up style has been very effective in the testing conditions this winter. Rides on Night in Milan and Bardolet showed his versatility and improving by the day. Yard now in excellent form again and has been riding very well again. Has announced he is to join up with Ferdy Murphy as number one rider for the stable after Graham Lee switches codes.
  Brian Hughes 70 71 Northen based rider has a decent win ratio and gets horses to travel fluently with his tender riding style
  Andrew Thornton 70 70 Agricultural style but a good judge of pace from the front. Always finds the best ground and useful when going wide at Fontwell, Towcester and Leicester. Seen to good effect again on The Laudacean at Leicester and some excellent frontrunning wins this week.
  Noel Fehily 70 70 Injury ravaged in recent seasons and has seen his rides reduced as a result this term. His ride on Master Milan at Lingfield raised a few eyebrows to say the least but there are signs of life from the Charlie Mann yard in recent weeks and he may be on the way back. Has connected with Emma Lavelle recently and ridden some noticable winners. Shone on Paintball in the Imperial Cup and back operating at full standard now. Champion hurdle victory on Rock on Ruby was a deserved triumph. Broke a leg in the Grand National and his ill fortune has returned to haunt him.
  Joe Tizzard 70 69 Rides his fathers horses in the main and gave Cue Card a very good ride at Newbury and shone on Hey Big Spender valuable National. Stable snapped a long losing run last week.
35 Zander Voy 69 66 Improving young rider is very strong and determined.
36 Richie McLernon 68 68 Based with Jonjo 0'Neil is an able deputy to the champ. Did everything right in the National until outridden in a driving finish by an inspired Daryl Jacob.
  Ewan Whillans 68 68 Enjoyed a breakthrough season in the North and one to follow.
38 Maurice Linehan 66 66 Very promising teenager has caught the eye several times this season, with the confidence he gives young horses over a fence reminiscent of the mighty Ruby Walsh. Based with Jonjo 0'Neil he is destined for the top and a young rider to follow. Received a controversial ban at Towcester for whip abuse and failing to ride a finish.
  Richard Killoran 66 66 Promising claimer is one to watch over the summer jumps.
  Wilson Renwick 66 65 Bsed in the North and reliable rider when given the opportunities
41 Danny Cook 64 64 Promising teenager has ridden some valuable winners for the Pipe yard and will move up the table in the new year.Sidelined for a few months after a horror fall.
  Willie Twiston Davies 64 64 16 year old has shone over the Cheltenham fences and possesses all the attributes to succeed as he matures as a pro. Returned from an injury in past month and struggling to pick up rides outside of for father Nigel.