Those wins drew him almost alongside Pat Eddery (114 played 111) in the title race, before the champion responded with a double at Salisbury and a further success at Sandown. William Hill gave recognition to Darley's achievement by cutting his title odds from 5-1 to 7-2. They eased Eddery's price to 1-6 from 1-8. The firm's betting extends to the end of the turf season only, although wins on the all-weather tracks after 8 November will count for the championship.
Darley has undertaken a two meetings-per-day schedule during the past six weeks which has enabled him to almost double his tally from 58 during that period.
Last week he became the first northern-based Flat rider for 12 years to top a century in a season, and another flag bearer for those north of the Trent, Jack Berry, reached the same mark yesterday at Salisbury.
This, though, was Berry's fourth consecutive century, a remarkable achievement considering his annual expenditure on yearlings is roughly equivalent to the sum spent on a single purchase by some owners in more fashionable stables.Reuse content