Welcome to our jockey profile of Ben Curtis:
Name – Ben Curtis
Date of Birth – 5 August 1989
Birthplace – Kinsale, County Cork
Riding Weight – 8st 4lbs
Big Wins: Duchess of Cambridge Stakes, Sagaro Stakes, Albany Stakes, Pavilion Stakes, Doonside Cup, Chipchase Stakes, Zabeel Turf, Prix de Cabourg, Atalanta Stakes, Prix du Bois and many more!
Curtis did not start riding until he was thirteen but quickly fell in love with racing and became an apprentice in Ireland.
He won the Derrinstown rookie of the year award in his first season in 2006 and became joint champion apprentice four years’ later. He shared the title with Joseph O’Brien and Gary Carroll.
He gained valuable experience with Ruaidhri Tierney in Ireland and Anabel King and Alan Swinbank in the UK.
Ben Curtis – Key Jockey Stats
He moved from Ireland to England in 2014 and his career has been on an upward curve ever since.
He rode over 100 winners for the first time in 2018, recording a strike rate of 17% and winning over £1 million in prize money.
He finished fifth in the 2020 jockeys’ championship with 92 winners, although he rode an astonishing 170 winners in the calendar year. Hollie Doyle was the only rider to come close to this total on 151.
Curtis had been on course to smash the record for the all-weather before racing was suspended due to the pandemic.
Ben Curtis Big Race Wins
Curtis has long been established as a journeyman jockey, plying his trade in the north and on the all-weather.
Although successful in listed races in Ireland, including for the powerful John Oxx stable, it was not until 2015 that he had his breakthrough Group race win in England aboard Sylvester Kirk’s Nakuti in the Atalanta Stakes at Sandown Park Racecourse.
He also enjoyed success for Yorkshire trainers David Barron and Karl Burke.
He won the Group 3 Chipchase Stakes at Newcastle Racecourse on Barron’s Above The Rest in 2018.
Just three days’ later, he claimed another Group 3 in the Prix du Bois at Deauville aboard Burke’s Little Kim.
He has maintained links with both yards and added further successes aboard the likes of Clon Coulis, Comedy, Kynren and Dubai Station.
Burke provided Curtis with his first Group 2 victory when Dandalla won the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes at Newmarket in 2020. He has also forged links with the Mark Johnston stable and was successful on Nayef Road in the 2020 Sagaro Stakes.
Ben Curtis – Most Famous Victories
The most valuable success for Curtis to date came in the Bet365 Challenge Cup (Heritage Handicap) at Ascot in October 2019. He was riding the tough and consistent Kynren for David Barron, a heavily backed 11-4 favourite in soft ground. The gelding had been knocking on the door in big handicaps around a mile and everything finally fell right for him at Ascot, beating Greenside by half a length.
Certain Lad’s victory in the Zabeel Turf at Meydan in January 2020 was much more of a surprise. He started at 33-1 with his previous victory coming in a handicap at Ayr but Curtis produced him with a strong run to beat better-fancied rivals Simsir and Desert Fire. Mick Channon’s gelding went on to win the Group 3 Strensall Stakes at York with Hollie Doyle in the saddle.
Ben Curtis Rides
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Ben Curtis is happy to travel far and wide in the search for winners and has his sights set on being Champion jockey one day.
With better quality opportunities coming his way, he is now a serious contender.
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