Leading Jockey Standings: Heffernan finds rich seam

A spate of winners for Seamie ahead of a busy weekend of Flat racing in Ireland

Friday, May 28, 2021

Evergreen Seamie Heffernan banged in seven winners in 14 days to stay in touch at the top of the Leading Jockey standings, writes Tom Harle.

The Ballydoyle favourite won his first Group 1 race more than 20 years ago and continues to deliver for Aidan O’Brien’s team. 

A run of six winners in six days came across meetings at Leopardstown, Cork, Navan, Naas and Sligo. 

He went on to land the small matter of the first Classic of the season, the 1,000 Guineas on O’Brien’s impressive Empress Josephine. 

It’s not just O’Brien who entrusts Heffernan with their best rides, however, with brothers Michael and Willy Browne also booking him regularly.

He helped Willy earn victory with 5-1 shot Druk at Sligo earlier this month. 

Despite Heffernan’s fine run, Colin Keane remains the runaway leader in the race to be crowned Champion Flat Jockey. 

Keane had two winners on Guineas Weekend at the Curragh to take his seasonal tally to 30. 

Shane Foley also kept with the pace, most recently victorious with a double at Cork on 19 May.

Standings as of 28 May

1. Colin Keane - 30 
2. Shane Foley - 19 
3. Seamie Heffernan - 19 
4. Kevin Manning - 16 
5. Ryan Moore - 16 

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