Welcome to our profile of jockey Luke Morris:
Name – Luke Morris
Date of Birth – 20 October 1988
Birthplace – Oxford
Riding Weight – 8 stone
Big Wins: Nunthorpe Stakes, Prix de l’Abbaye, Grosser Preis von Berlin, Lancashire Oaks, Palace House Stakes, Ballyogan Stakes, Princess Elizabeth Stakes, Winter Derby, Norfolk Stakes, Wetherbys Super Sprint and many other valuable races around Europe.
Morris attended the British Racing School at Newmarket and earned an apprenticeship with the Michael Bell stable.
He rode his first winner aboard Caerphilly Gal at Southwell Racecourse in November 2005.
He was later appointed stable jockey to Sir Mark Prescott, a partnership that has stood the test of time.
Luke Morris – Key Jockey Stats
Morris is well known as one of the leading lights on the all-weather in Britain.
He rode over 100 winners on the artificial surfaces for six consecutive years between 2012 and 2017, recording over 90 winners in 2011, 2018 and 2020.
This has heavily contributed to ten successive centuries in the calendar year. This peaked at 189 winners in total in both 2014 and 2015.
Luke Morris – Big Race Wins
Morris hit the headlines for the first time when steering home Juniper Girl for Michael Bell in the 2007 Northumberland Plate. It would be a further three years before he would make the breakthrough in Group races and it was Clive Cox’s Gilt Edge Girl that really put him on the map. The filly won the Group 3 Ballyogan Stakes at Leopardstown before taking the Group 1 Prix de l’Abbaye at Longchamp on Arc weekend.
Morris also rode Perfect Tribute for Cox to win the Group 3 Chartwell Fillies’ Stakes at Lingfield in 2011.
Sir Mark Prescott trained Clinical to win the Group 3 Princess Elizabeth Stakes at Epsom on Oaks day 2012. The combination then teamed up with the filly Marsha in the 2016 Prix de l’Abbaye. The same horse captured the 2017 Group 1 Nunthorpe Stakes at York.
The latest money-spinner from the Prescott yard is Alpinista who won the Group 2 Lancashire Oaks and Group 1 Grosser Preis von Berlin under Morris in 2021.
Luke Morris – Most Famous Victories
The Prix de l’Abbaye will always be a special race for Luke Morris having lifted the Group 1 prize on two occasions. The first was Gilt Edge Girl in 2010, trained by Clive Cox and a 25-1 outsider after being defeated in her previous four races. Morris had ridden her to victory on three previous occasions and had her quickly into her stride in the 21-strong field. She stayed on gamely to hold joint-favourite Lady of the Desert by a length.
Marsha’s victory in 2016 also came as a surprise to most punters, returning at 16-1 with the race staged at Chantilly while Longchamp was closed for construction work. Marsha had been defeated in Group 2 and Group 3 races prior to the Chantilly race but turned over Washington DC and hot favourite Mecca’s Angel.
The most dramatic win of her career was undoubtedly the Nunthorpe Stakes in 2017. Frankie Dettori was convinced that his mount, odds-on favourite Lady Aurelia, had held on crossing the line but the photo-finish revealed that Marsha had prevailed by a nose.
Luke Morris Rides
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Luke Morris is a standing dish on the all-weather in Britain and continues to clock up a century of winners, year after year.
He has also shown that can hold his own in Group 1 races when given the opportunity.
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