Leading Irish rider Colin Keane has managed to land his second ever jockeys title this season after bringing up his century for the campaign at the Curragh on Monday.
Whilst the season is not officially over and Keane will have to wait until next weekend for Naas' Handicap card to finish for the Irish season to be over, he effectively made sure the title was his when landing his 100th winner at the Curragh at the start of the week.
This is because his nearest challenger for the accolade is the experienced Shane Foley, who has also had a successful season, but both of the jockeys will miss the domestic Flat season finale, because they are flying to America midweek for the Breeders’ Cup meeting.
As Foley could not land any final blows to Colin Keane's title challenge and the rider managing to add salt to the wounds with another winner aboard Sarah Dawson’s 11-4 favourite Pretty Boy Floyd, it confirmed the championship for Keane.
(Credit ATR) Keane said: “That’s a great way to finish up.
“It was nice to get the 100 up on my last ride. I’m delighted – to win the title once is what you dream of growing up, so to get a second one, when it didn’t look likely for such a long time, is great.
“Shane Foley is a good friend of mine and would have been a very deserving winner of it.
“September was probably the real game-changer, because I rode 26 winners that month. That really helped.”
Keane has managed to create history for himself and his retained trainer Ger Lyons this season by landing their first ever Classic win together with Siskin in the Irish 2000 Guineas.
The pair did not stop there as they did the same thing just a few months later in the Irish Oaks when Even so managed to outstay Cayenne Pepper to take the Grade One.
Colin Keane has endured a remarkable season and adds a second jockeys championship to his CV after landing it the first time around back in 2017.