Flat jockey Steve Drowne (45) has hung up his boots after an impressive 27 years during which he has ridden more than 1,400 winners, including six Group 1 victories. He ended his career at Lingfield on Sunday on an impressive winning note.
He guided 6-1 shot Met By Moonlight to an impressive win for trainer Ron Hodges. It was the second of two rides for the trainer at the meeting.
Steve Drowne said it was appropriate to end his riding career with a winner for Hodges, because it was with that trainer that his career really took off. His earlier of two rides that day for the trainer, Dream of Glory finished unplaced in the 2.50pm. and Met By Moonlight in the 3.30pm.
Looking back on a career that has produced more than 1,400 winners worldwide, including at least one on every course in the UK, he said: “I’ve had a good old innings, but we all know that at some time it has to come to an end. It would have been nice to have won the Derby and a few more big races, but apart from that I’ve no regrets at all.”
Drowne’s Group 1 triumphs include four in Europe’s top sprints, with wins in the Prix de l’Abbaye on Patavellian and Avonbridge for Roger Charlton plus a July Cup for Hughie Morrison on Sakhee’s Secret and more recently a Nunthorpe for Robert Cowell on Jwala.
He missed 2012 on health grounds but otherwise has continued in the saddle from 2013 and had ridden 20 winners in 2017, the most recent of them Pearl Acclaim, a sprinter, for David Griffiths at Southwell last month, and more than 600 placed horses in the last five years.