Shane Foley

Date of Birth: March 11th, 1988

County of origin: Kilkenny

First winner: Snap (Liam McAteer) Leopardstown, 20th June, 2007

Significant horses (Selected): Jet Setting, Romanised, Raydara, Landfall, Success Days, Prophet, Final Frontier, Ramone, Russian Soul, Marvada, Gossamer Seed, Snaefell, Bob Le Beau, Banksters Bonus, Strait Of Zanzibar, Bible Belt, Rock On Ciara, Bold Thady Quill, Chrysanthemum, Rehana. 

Assoc. Trainers: Jessica Harrington, Michael Halford

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It could be argued that Shane Foley was one of the best apprentices of recent years not to win a Champion Apprentice title. He finished runner-up to fellow Michael Halford-apprentice Gary Carroll in 2009 with a fine tally of 33 winners and looked set to make a big challenge for the title in 2010 only to have his prospects scuppered by an injury sustained at Bellewstown in late-August and again he had to settle for second spot behind Joseph O'Brien.

His failure to win the junior title didn't slow his progress in any way and Shane quickly became well established as a top 10 rider in Ireland, mainly due to his association with Michael Halford. But it was Halford's fellow Curragh trainer Adrian Keatley who gave Shane his first major success when Jet Setting landed the Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas at the Curragh on May 22nd, 2016.

Halford and Foley went their separate ways when the Curragh trainer announced on September 15, 2017 that the rider would no longer be automatic first choice for his runners. Foley said at the same time that he would continue riding as a freelance. The pair shared 227 winners in Ireland over a ten year period before the split.

Foley was back in the big time when landing a second Classic success at the Curragh in May 2018 when taking the Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas on Romanised for local trainer Ken Condon. Shane was appointed as Jessica Harrington's number one rider for the 2019 Flat season in February of the same year. 

SeasonRuns1st2nd3rd4thWin MoneyPlace MoneyTotal *
Winter All Weather 2018/20197910886€80,000€37,506€117,506
Winter All Weather 2017/20181148121213€66,250€58,900€125,150
Winter All Weather 2016/2017659878€73,750€36,875€110,625
Winter All Weather 2015/2016436557€55,900€18,430€74,330
Winter All Weather 2014/2015961615510€124,150€48,320€172,470
Winter All Weather 2013/2014671110512€76,300€24,660€100,960
Winter All Weather 2012/2013811513124€91,070€28,453€119,523
Winter All Weather 2011/201284109611€72,100€21,858€93,958
Flat 201932743404433€639,313€312,348€951,660
Flat 201859058636164€1,026,438€545,853€1,572,290
Flat 201750944613647€505,500€510,555€1,016,055
Flat 201654151566452€855,325€507,600€1,362,925
Flat 201553764625461€825,665€462,125€1,287,790
Flat 201448240595355€426,825€443,515€870,340
Flat 201349350655955€522,300€389,822€912,122
Flat 201249461625464€674,196€384,633€1,058,829
Flat 201146538504046€396,080€262,125€658,205
Flat 201028123282737€277,090€133,888€410,978
Flat 200936533293120€239,180€120,219€359,399
Flat 200830619221724€155,720€80,175€235,895
Flat 200717767613€51,660€40,770€92,430

Date From
Date To
Race Type
Venue Date Horse Race Type Distance Place Weight Rating Race Pattern/ Listed Prize Money
Killarney 15/07/19 Echo Park Hcp 1m 3f 35yds 6 9-10 88 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) H'cap
Killarney 15/07/19 For Your Eyes Mdn 1m 3f 35yds 6 9-0 71 Seamus Mulvaney Bookmakers (Fillies) Mdn
Fairyhouse 14/07/19 Keep Dreaming Mdn 7f 13 9-8 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn
Fairyhouse 14/07/19 But You Said Mdn 6f 8 9-0 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) M'dn
Fairyhouse 14/07/19 Perfection (GB) F 7f 2 9-8 101 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Brownstown Stks (Group 3) Group 3 €15,000
Fairyhouse 14/07/19 Maunganui Hcp 1m 4f 10 9-12 63 Summer Evening Racing 17th July H'cap
Fairyhouse 14/07/19 Clonville Hcp 7f 4 8-9 44 Boyne Valley Racing Weekend H'cap (Div 2) €550
Fairyhouse 14/07/19 Arbourfield Hcp 7f 18 10-0 62 Boyne Valley Racing Weekend H'cap (Div 1)
Navan 13/07/19 Pillar (GB) Hcp 5f 6 9-0 57 Cross Guns Gastro Pub H'cap €230
Navan 13/07/19 Shamad Hcp 1m 2f 14 9-13 63 Come Racing September 7th H'cap (Div 2)
Navan 13/07/19 Punita Arora Mdn 5f 1 9-0 Foran Equine Irish EBF (F) Auction M'dn €14,400
Navan 13/07/19 Shines Her Light Mdn 5f 3 9-0 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn €1,650
Navan 13/07/19 Stealth (GB) Hcp 1m 2f 16 9-6 54 Come Racing September 7th H'cap (Div 1)
Navan 13/07/19 Leo De Fury F 1m 2f 1 9-8 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Race €12,000
Navan 13/07/19 Wild Mustang Mdn 5f 164yds 14 9-5 Lynn Lodge Stud M'dn
Leopardstown 11/07/19 Balefire Hcp 1m 1 8-8 80 Clayton Hotel Leopardstown H'cap €16,500
Leopardstown 11/07/19 Alpine Star Mdn 7f 3 9-0 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) M'dn €1,750
Leopardstown 11/07/19 Minnie Haha (FR) Hcp 1m 3 9-9 75 The Stunning H'cap €1,200
Leopardstown 11/07/19 Bit Of Banter Hcp 1m 5f 7 9-5 76 Bulmers Live At Leopardstown H'cap
Roscommon 08/07/19 Timemakesitfine Mdn 1m 2f 11yds 2 9-0 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) M'dn €2,900

*Statistics are up to close of business the previous day. Prize-money is allocated within 1 week of the race date (allow 1 week for Prize-money).

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