Robert Havlin registered his 1,000th career winner when Pitcher’s Point led throughout in the Ladbrokes Where The Nation Plays Novice Stakes at Lingfield.
Havlin, who has spent a large portion of his career based at John Gosden’s powerful Newmarket stable, brought the 10-11 favourite home an easy three-length winner from market rival London Arch.
It was fitting that his landmark success came on a horse trained by Gosden.
Among his career highlights Havlin has ridden the likes of Journey, Richard Pankhurst, Mehdaayih and Wissahickon to success – and Gosden has always credited him for being a huge cog in the wheel of his highly-successful Clarehaven yard.
Havlin has helped nurture the careers of some of the greats that Gosden has trained in recent years – such as Kingman, Oasis Dream, Cracksman and, of course, Enable.
The 46-year-old did not hesitate for a second in naming Gosden, when asked on Sky Sports Racing who has been his most important supporter.
“John Gosden, without a shadow of a doubt,” he said.
“I think I’ve ridden nearly half my winners for him.
“He’s not a bad person to have on your side. The whole yard has been fabulous for me – it’s a big family, and a big team.
“The second half of my career has been a lot better than the first half, I’ve got John Gosden to thank for that really.
“He’s been an unbelievable friend and supporter of mine for a long time – and it’s down to him really.”
Reflecting on the highlights of his career to date, Havlin nominated two victories for Gosden in Newbury’s Group Two Hungerford Stakes.
He said: “I loved winning the Hungerford Stakes on Richard Pankhurst – I always knew if I got a shot on him, I could win on him.
“He’s quite a quirky horse, unbelievably talented but you had to ride him a certain way. So I was glad to get the chance on him, and he won.
“Then again, on Gregorian when I won the Hungerford Stakes a few years before that, they were probably two of the highlights – but there’s been a lot through the years.”
Havlin was relieved to have reached four figures, having been stuck on 999 since mid-February.
He still remains full of ambition to chalk off another landmark – by riding his first Group One winner.
Reflecting on his 1,000th victory, he said: “It was good to get it out of the way.
“I was hoping I’d do it before I went on holiday the other week, but anyway, it’s come, so that’s good.
“I’ve still not ridden a Group One winner. I won the Italian Derby (on Feuerblitz in 2012) the year after they made it into a Group Two.
“I’ve come close a few times – but you just keep chipping away, work hard. Hard work pays off.”