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
Did you know?
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.
Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas (Group 1) (Romanised - 2018)
Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas (Group 1) (Jet Setting - 2016)
Debutante Stakes (Group 2) (Raydara - 2014)
Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial Stakes (Group 3) (Success Days - 2015)
Irish Cesarewitch (Brazos (USA) - 2018)
Ballylinch Stud Irish EBF Ingabelle Stks (Listed) (Sparkle'n'joy - 2018)
Willis Towers Watson Champions Juv. Stks (Group 3) (Landfall (FR) - 2016)
Lodge Park Stud EBF Park Express Stakes (Group 3) (Ramone - 2015)
Irish Stallion Farms EBF Brownstown Stks (Group 3) (Marvada - 2012)
Canford Cliffs Irish EBF Athasi Stakes (Group 3) (Rehana - 2017)
Canford Cliffs EBF Athasi Stakes (Group 3) (Gossamer Seed - 2012)
Jebel Ali Racecourse Anglesey Stakes (Group 3) (Final Frontier - 2015)
Patrick P OLeary Memorial Phoenix Sprint (Group 3) (Snaefell - 2010)
Coolmore Stud Home Of Champ.Concorde Stk (Group 3) (Jet Setting - 2016)
P.W.McGrath Memorial Ballysax Stakes (Group 3) (Success Days - 2015)
Newbridge Grassroots Renaissance Stakes (Group 3) (Russian Soul - 2013)
Coolmore Stud Home Of Champ.Concorde Stk (Group 3) (Yulong Gold Fairy (GB) - 2018)
Airlie Stud Gallinule Stakes (Group 3) (Platinum Warrior - 2018)
Kilfrush Stud Royal Whip Stakes (Group 3) (Success Days - 2016)
Magners Ulster Derby (Banksters Bonus - 2011)
*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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