Christophe Soumillon was born June 4, 1981, in Belgium. In 1996 he moved to Chantilly to become apprentice to Cedric Boutin. His first winner was Bruno, who defied odds of 75-1 at Maisons-Laffitte on Nov. 7, 1997. In 1999, he became French champion apprentice.
In April 2000, Soumillon won five races on the same day, tying the all-time French record. In 2003, he was the French champion jockey with 207 wins. On Sept. 10, 2006 he won five races (including Prix Vermeille, Prix Nieland Prix Foy), tying the all-time French record for the second time.
He has enjoyed success throughout Europe, winning major races in France, England, Ireland and as will in Dubai. His major North American victories include the 2005 Breeders’ Cup Turf at Belmont Park with Shirocco, the 2010 E.P. Taylor Stakes at Woodbine with Reggane and the 2011 Canadian International at Woodbine with Sarah Lynx. He has yet to win an International Festival of Racing event but has hit the board twice in the Beverly D.
He lives near Chantilly, north of Paris, with about 20 pet dogs, most of which are Jack Russells. He is married to Sophie, who is a former beauty queen and was Miss France in 1998, and they have a daughter, Charlie, born in September 2005.