Comeback king Colin Keane has stolen a march in the race to become Champion Jockey, leapfrogging Shane Foley at the top of the table thanks to a stellar week which included nine race victories, writes Peter White.
Following a searing streak of form which had seen him haul himself back into contention for the coveted top spot, the 26-year-old built on the momentum gained from nine wins in the previous two weeks by matching that total in just the last seven days.
Keane got his week off to a flyer with victory aboard Hale Bopp at Dundalk, before piloting Amlad and Alex D to a pair of wins at Limerick on Saturday.
Closing the weekend with wins aboard Helvic Dream and Khartoum at Curragh, Keane produced two further victories at the same racecourse with Pretty Boy Floyd and Thefaithfulindian on Thursday, after triumphing with Sir Lucan and Starlight Dream at Cork
two days earlier.
While Foley has lost ground in the overall standings, Jessica Harrington’s retained jockey enjoyed a fruitful end to the week with a hat-trick of wins at Curragh keeping him firmly in contention.
Victories aboard Rosie Bassett, Pretty Rebel and Flor De La Luna followed a triumphant run with Autumn Mist at Cork, and demonstrates a key run of form Foley will be hoping to take into the weekend.
The success of Keane and Foley sees the pair further extend their advantage at the top of the ranks, with both Seamie Heffernan and Wayne Lordan failing to add to their winning tallies.
Indeed, Lordan has dropped to fifth in the ranks due to Billy Lee’s recent success, with victories aboard Helen De Pourtales, Fantasy Lady, Lustown Baba and Noble Music seeing him join Lordan on 50 wins.