Leading jockey standings: Hayes into top three as Keane retains lead


Landmark Curragh double boosts Keane tally; movement elsewhere in top five

Friday, July 23, 2021
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Chris Hayes with Mehnah after victory in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Cairn Rouge Stakes


Colin Keane remains comfortably clear in the leading jockey standings for the flat season but there has been plenty of movement elsewhere in the top five over the past fortnight, writes Paul Martin.

Chris Hayes has climbed into the top three after a productive couple of weeks, with his victory aboard Mehnah in The Irish Stallion Farms EBF Cairn Rouge Stakes, worth €28,500, one of five triumphs added to his total.

Hayes also picked up a double at Navan on July 10 and he is not the only jockey to rise up the leaderboard, with Dylan McMonagle and Billy Lee into the top five.

The former started his week with a bang at Ballinrobe, winning on Big Challenge in the opener before repeating the trick with Hattie Amarin in the Apprentice Handicap, while Lee’s four recent successes include a statement victory on Insinuendo in the Group 2 Kilboy Estate Stakes at the Curragh.

Lee also banked the Group 3 Brownstown Stakes on Pearls Galore and will now hope to make further moves in the coming fortnight.

The top two remain unchanged after both Colin Keane and Shane Foley continued their fine campaigns.

 

The leader enjoyed a memorable day at the Curragh last weekend, retaining his grip on the Sapphire Stakes by leading home Mooneista, following up his triumph aboard A’Ali in 2020, while also picking up the Anglesey Stakes on Beauty Inspire.

Keane now sits on 71 victories while Foley saw his total rise by seven to keep his hold on second place.

Leading Jockeys

1. Colin Keane – 71

2. Shane Foley – 39

3. Chris Hayes – 31

4. Dylan McMonagle – 28

5. Billy Lee – 27

6. Seamie Heffernan – 27

7. Ryan Moore – 24

8. Wayne Lordan – 23

9. Ronan Whelan – 22

10. Declan McDonogh – 22 

The leader enjoyed a memorable day at the Curragh last weekend, retaining his grip on the Sapphire Stakes by leading home Mooneista

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