Leading jockey standings: Foley enjoys memorable Champions Weekend

Foley's experience shone through at Leopardstown and the Curragh

Friday, September 17, 2021

Shane Foley with the trophy for The Moyglare Stud Stakes which he won on Discoveries

Shane Foley’s superb Longines Irish Champions Weekend helped make him the standout jockey in the past fortnight but the gap to Colin Keane remains sizable, writes Paul Martin.

Foley piloted four winners across the weekend at Leopardstown and the Curragh, guiding home No Speak Alexander in the Coolmore America ‘Justify’ Matron Stakes and Discoveries in the Moyglare Stud Stakes to bank a pair of Group 1s.

They were backed up by triumphs in the Group 2 Clipper Logistics Boomerang Mile on board Real Appeal and the EBF ‘Petingo’ Handicap (Group 3) with Ever Present as Foley proved the man to beat on the big occasion.

Two winners at Naas on Thursday took Foley’s tally to 12 for the fortnight and 69 for the season, though Keane remains way out in front after adding another six to his total.

Three of those came on Saturday at Leopardstown as the leading jockey and Ger Lyons made a flying start to Champions Weekend, landing the opening two races of the day with Panama Red and Atomic Jones.

Keane and Tarnawa were edged out by Ryan Moore on board St Mark’s Basilica in an unforgettable Champion Stakes but the 26-year-old ensured he finished the day on a high with Masen in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF ‘Sovereign Path’ Handicap.

A statement victory on board Romantic Proposal in the Flying Five Stakes at the Curragh was the highlight of a successful spell for Chris Hayes, who now holds a decent cushion in third after six recent winners.

Dylan McMonagle and Billy Lee round off the top five, the latter having enjoyed Champions Weekend success with La Petite Coco in the Moyglare ‘Jewels’ Blandford Stakes.

Leading Flat jockey standings 2021

1.Colin Keane – 112 (+6)

2.Shane Foley – 69 (+12)

3.Chris Hayes – 44 (+6)

4.Dylan McMonagle – 39 (+2)

5.Billy Lee – 38 (+2)

6.Seamie Heffernan – 37

7.Declan McDonogh – 36

8.Shane Crosse – 34

9.Gary Carroll – 33

10.Wayne Lordan - 29

Foley proved the man to beat on the big occasion 

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