Christophe Soumillon was born in Brussels, Belgium on 4 June 1981.
Soumillon was destined to be part of the horse racing community, as his
father is jumping jockey Jean-Marc Soumillon, and he grew up in a house
predisposed to horses.
In 1996, he
relocated to Chantilly, France, and became Cedric Boutin's apprentice
at the Chantilly Racecourse, and by
1997 he had triumphed in his first race aboard Bruno, and received his first title of French
Champion Apprentice in 1999. 2000
was a good year for Soumillon and Andre Fabre, winning his first race
aboard Sobieski in March, and then his
first Pattern race, the Prix de Fontainebleau in April aboard Berine's Son.
Upon his return to Europe from the winter season of 2000 - 2001 at
Hollywood Park and Santa Anita, he took the title of the Prix du
Jockey-Club (the French Derby) aboard Anabaa Blue.
at Longchamp on Arc day decorated his 2003 season. Included in his
three Group 1 wins, were Poule d'Essai des Pouliches (French 2000)
aboard Musical Chimes and the Poule d'Essai des Poulains aboard
Clodovil. He also won the Prix Lupin on Dalakhani and the Prix de
l'Arc de Triomphe, claiming the title of French champion jockey in France.
Together with Shirocco in 2005, he was awarded his first
Breeders' Cup Turf, and he recaptured the title of French champion jockey by setting a national record of 226 wins in France. In 2006, he yet again equaled the French record, triumphing in five races, together with the
Prix Vermeille, Prix Niel and Prix Foy. He also claimed victory aboard Hurricane Run in the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes in Britain.
- 10 Notable Wins
2000 - Prix de Fontainebleau - Berine's Son
2000 - Prix du
Muguet - Dansili,
2001 - Prix du Jockey-Club - Anabaa Blue
2003 - Poule d'Essai des Pouliches - Musical Chimes
2003 - Poule d'Essai des
Poulains - Clodovil
2003 - Prix Lupin - Dalakhani
- Prix de Diane - Latice
2004 - Prix Jacques Le Marois -
2005 - Breeders' Cup Turf - Shirocco
Coronation Cup - Shirocco
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