Colin Keane has history in his sights with six mounts at Navan

Jockey goes into the meeting just one shy of Joseph O’Brien’s record of 126 winners in a season

Colin Keane has six mounts at Navan on Wednesday as he looks to create a new Irish record of winners in a Flat season. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Colin Keane has six mounts at Navan on Wednesday as he looks to create a new Irish record of winners in a Flat season. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

 

Colin Keane will have history in his sights when he teams up with six mounts at Navan on Wednesday.

With 125 winners under his belt already this season, Keane is one shy of Joseph O’Brien’s 2013 record haul of 126 winners in a single campaign in Ireland.

Maker Of Kings’ success in Monday’s Concorde Stakes at Tipperary has taken the jockey to the verge of a new benchmark well ahead of the finish of the turf season in Ireland at the end of this month.

Clear of his nearest rival Shane Foley on 76 winners, and long since assured of a third jockeys’ championship, Keane has also passed the €3 million mark in prizemoney earnings this season.

Once again Ger Lyons provides the bulk of his ammunition at Navan with four rides, while Keane also rides Mephisto for his father, Gerry.

Flagged is a Lyons runner in a fillies’ handicap although Dermot Weld, with whom Keane has also teamed up with so successfully this year, could prove a spoilsport through the topweight Emilie Gray and Sam Ewing’s valuable 5lb claim.

Curragh trainer Ken Condon returned to winning form at Tipperary on Monday which is encouraging for the chances of both Sounds Of Spring and Keel Bay in the opening Nursery.

In other news, one of the greatest Irish jockeys in racing history, Pat Eddery, has been announced as the latest star to be inducted into the Qipco British Champions Series Hall of Fame.

Eddery, who died in November of 2015, aged 63, was one of Europe’s most successful riders through the 1970s, 80s and 90s and was crowned British champion jockey on 11 occasions.

He was also crowned champion jockey in Ireland in 1982 when riding as No 1 jockey to Vincent O’Brien.

Of his over 6,000 career winners worldwide, 4,632 came in Britain, second only to Gordon Richards. His 14 British Classics included three victories in the Epsom Derby.

He won 11 Irish Classics at the Curragh and was successful four times in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe including a memorable 1986 victory on Dancing Brave.

“We used to call him ‘God’ because he was like God,” Frankie Dettori said on Tuesday.

The Irishman joins his old rival Lester Piggott and the champion racehorse Frankel into the Hall of Fame concept which was inaugurated in April of this year.

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