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J. McDonald

Type: Visiting Jockey

Nationality: Australian

Background:
Age: 30. James McDonald made a big impression in Hong Kong on his LONGINES IJC debut when still a teenager back in 2011, finishing runner-up to Frankie Dettori. He returned the following May and partnered Xtension to victory in the 2012 G1 Champions Mile at Sha Tin. Champion Apprentice in his homeland, he went on to claim the Championship there twice, in 2008/09 and latterly with a New Zealand record tally of 207 for the 2010/11 season. In 2012 he won a first New Zealand Derby. He clinched his first Sydney Championship in July, 2014, bagged a second in 2015/16 and has since added an astonishing three more. He now has over 70 G1 wins and nearly 2,000 career wins, and is currently in terrific form. In 2021, he won the Melbourne Cup - Australia's most-famous race - aboard Verry Elleegant, Darley Sprint Classic with Nature Strip, Coolmore Stud Stakes atop Home Affairs and Mackinnon Stakes with Zaaki, while through 2022 he has claimed no less than 14 G1s including a famous Australian victory aboard Nature Strip in the King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot and recent Cox Plate success with Anamoe.

Achievements:
Sydney Champion Jockey (2013/14, 2015/16, 2018/19, 2019/20, 2020/21, 2021/22); New Zealand Champion Apprentice (2007/08, 2008/09, 2009/10, 2010/11), New Zealand Champion Jockey (2008/09, 2010/11).

Notable Race Wins Include
Champions Mile (2012 Xtension), Melbourne Cup (2021 Verry Elleegant), Golden Slipper (2014 Mossfun), W.S. Cox Plate (2022 Anamoe), King's Stand Stakes (2022 Nature Strip), Caulfield Guineas (2014 Shooting To Win, 2018 The Autumn Sun, 2022 Golden Mile), Golden Rose (2015 Exosphere, 2016 Astern), Australian Derby (2013 It's A Dundeel), New Zealand Derby (2012 Silent Achiever), TJ Smith Stakes (2020, 2021, 2022 Nature Strip), Coolmore Stud Stakes (2021 Home Affairs, 2022 In Secret), Australian Oaks (2014 Rising Romance, 2019 Verry Elleegant), Rosehill Guineas (2013 It's A Dundeel, 2022 Anamoe), The Galaxy (2012 Temple Of Boom, 2019 Nature Strip), Tancred Stakes (2015 Hartnell, 2019 Avilius, 2020 Verry Elleegant), Thousand Guineas (2022 Madame Pommery), Epsom Handicap (2016 Hauraki), New Zealand Oaks (2009 Jungle Rocket), Ranvet Stakes (2015 Contributer, 2021 Verry Elleegant).

Hong Kong Career Wins
(as of 27 November): 10

General Performances
No of wins for season: 2
No of runs for season: 17
Win %: 11.76
No of wins for all weather: 0
No of 2nds for all weather: 0
No of 3rds for all weather: 0
All weather: 0
Total stakes: $5,371,850
Win stakes: $3,833,250
No of 2nds: 2
No of 3rds: 1
Percentage for season: 29.41
Profit/Loss: ($125)
Most Effective Distances
YearHappy ValleyShatin1000m-1200m1400m-1650m1800m-2000m2000m+
1st2nd3rdTotal1st2nd3rdTotal1st2nd3rdTotal1st2nd3rdTotal1st2nd3rdTotal1st2nd3rdTotal
23011821091108001511040000
Performance
DistanceWin2nd3rdLostTotal RideWin%
Happy Valley1000000220
1200020350
16501015714.29
1800000220
2200000000
ShatinAll weather1200000000
1650000000
1800000000
Turf1000000000
12001003425
1400000220
1600000000
1800010010
20001001250
2400000000
Odds of Runners
Draw Year<44-1010-2020+
1st2nd3rdTotal1st2nd3rdTotal1st2nd3rdTotal1st2nd3rdTotal
232003011701050002
Draw Statistic
Draw Year1-56-1011-14
1st2nd3rdTotal1st2nd3rdTotal1st2nd3rdTotal
23111810070102
Trainer Partnerships
Trainer1st2nd3rdLostTotal
C. S. Shum21069
C. Fownes00022
D. A. Hayes01012
D. Hall00011
John Size00011
P. F. Yiu00112