James McDonald rode his 100th Sydney metropolitan winner for the season when steering the John Thompson-trained Primitivo to success at Warwick Farm yesterday.
In reaching his century, McDonald became the first jockey since Darren Beadman in 2006-07 to ride 100 Sydney winners in a season. Beadman rode a record 164 winners that season, his last in Sydney before leaving for Hong Kong.
Having secured the spoils by a neck, McDonald said: “I would have rather have brought my one hundred up with a bit more of a margin but, anyway, a win’s a win so it’s a good result. It’s been a wonderful year, a very fast year.”
McDonald has ridden six Group 1 winners this season, putting him second to Hugh Bowman for elite-level victories. As Bowman takes a break from racing, McDonald is assured of winning the Sydney jockeys’ premiership for the third time.