2014 Flat Champions Crowned at Leopardstown

Sunday, October 26, 2014
Colin Keane and Pat Smullen

Champion jockey Pat Smullen with Champion Apprentice Colin Keane Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

The Flat season came to a close in Leopardstown on Sunday 26th -  Tote November Handicap Day, with Ireland and Leinster rugby player Fergus McFadden presenting trophies to the winning trainer, owner, jockey and apprentice.

Aidan O'Brien, who had 103 winners this season, retained the Champion Flat Trainer title. The highlight of his season at home was winning the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby with Australia in June, giving him his 11 th victory in the Irish showpiece.

Part-owner of Australia, Mrs John Magnier was crowned Champion Owner. Her involvement with Group 1 winners Bracelet and Dick Whittington ensured that she would take this year's Owner's Title. She also has two exciting prospects for next year's Classics, which run in her famous dark blue silks, Ol' Man River and John F Kennedy.

Crowned Champion Jockey for the first time in 2000, Pat Smullen claimed the title this year for the seventh time, after riding over 100 winners in a season for the first time. His highlights for the season include winning on Tarfasha in the Blandford Stakes, Fascinating Rock in both the Ballysax Stakes and the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial, while he won four races on the prolific Carla Bianca and partnered Free Eagle to take the KPMG Enterprise Stakes at Leopardstown on Irish Champions Weekend.

Twenty-year-old Colin Keane won the Champion Apprentice Title this year with 54 winners. The son of Trainer Gerry Keane, he made steady progress as a rider throughout 2011 and 2012, but it was when he joined the Ger Lyons yard in 2013 that his career really began to take off. Colin came close to matching the record number of wins by an apprentice in a season, currently held by Joseph O'Brien whose 57 wins in 2011 beat Raymond Carroll's 52 wins set in 1976.

The 2014 Flat Champions received custom-made perpetual Irish silver trophies, presented by Fergus McFadden, in the parade ring at Leopardstown after the Tote November Handicap.

Brian Kavanagh, Chief Executive of Horse Racing Ireland, said: "I'd like to congratulate all of today's Flat champions. Today's presentation gives us a chance to recognise some of the abundant talent in our industry including Champion Trainer Aidan O'Brien who has had another tremendous season both at home and abroad. Well done to Pat Smullen who set a new personal record this season by riding over 100 winners and Sue Magnier who enjoyed great success with the likes of Australia and Dick Whittington. A special mention must go to Colin Keane, who has demonstrated huge talent, not only being crowned Champion Apprentice but finishing so high overall in the Jockeys Championship."

Well done to Pat Smullen who set a new personal record this season by riding over 100 winners