Colin Keane

Date of Birth: September 12, 1994

County of origin: Meath

First winner: No Trimmings (Gerry Keane) Dundalk, December 10, 2010

First Group 1 winner: Laganore (Tony Martin) Premio Lydia Tesio, Capannelle, Rome, October 29, 2017

First Classic winner: Siskin (Ger Lyons) Irish 2,000 Guineas, Curragh, June 12, 2020

Champion Jockey: 2017 and 2020

Champion Apprentice Jockey: 2014

Fastest century of winners for a Flat jockey in Ireland: Barretta (Ger Lyons), Navan, Saturday, August 28, 2021

Assoc. Trainers: Ger Lyons, Gerry Keane

Significant horses (Selected): Siskin, Even So, Broome, Helvic Dream, Champers Elysees, Mustajeer, Laganore, Brendan Brackan, My Good Brother, Convergence, Argentero, Ainippe, Bear Creek, Queen Catherine, Blue De Vega, Medicine Jack, Sea Wolf, Ardhoomey, Realtra, Psychedelic Funk, Elegant Pose. 

Follow Colin on Twitter: @ctkjockey

Did you know?

Colin Keane rode 54 winners when crowned champion apprentice in 2014 having finished second to Connor King the previous season. He rode his first Group winner when successful on Brendan Brackan in the Group 3 Solonaway Stakes at the Curragh on September 15, 2013.

Firmly established among the leading riders in Ireland, Keane has been stable jockey to Ger Lyons since the summer of 2014. With 65 winners, he finished runner-up to Pat Smullen in the jockeys' championship in 2015 but won the title just two years later and again in 2020.

His fine association with Ger Lyons has yielded a number of significant wins. Early among them was the Group 2 GAIN Railway Stakes with Medicine Jack at the Curragh in June, 2016 and a bigger success came their way when Ardhoomey captured the Group 2 Derrinstown Stud Flying Five Stakes at the same venue on Longines Irish Champions Weekend the following September.

Colin rode his first Group 1 winner when partnering the Tony Martin-trained Laganore to success in the Premio Lydia Tesio at Capannelle in Rome on Sunday, October 29, 2017.

Just two weeks later, Colin was crowned champion jockey for the first time when he got the better of an epic duel with Pat Smullen to land the 2017 title. A final day double at Naas on Sunday, November 5 saw him claim the championship with 100 winners, 12 clear of the Offaly legend.  

Keane and Lyons shared their first Group 1 success together when Siskin won the Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh in August 2019. Shortly afterwards they combined to win the first running of the £1 million Ebor Handicap at York with Mustajeer. Keane rode 103 winners in Ireland in the 2019 season and finished second in the championship, eight winners behind Donnacha O'Brien. 

Siskin gave Keane and Lyons a first Classic victory when taking the Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh on June 12, 2020. The race was run a little later in the season due to the Covid-19 pandemic. A little over four weeks later, Even So gave the pair a second Classic success when taking the Juddmonte Irish Oaks at the Curragh. Another 2020 Group 1 success came on the Johnny Murtagh-trained Champers Elysees in the Matron Stakes at Leopardstown in September. 

Colin rode the first four-timer of his career when successful on Ecliptical (4/1, Ger Lyons), A Step Too Far (2/1 fav, Kieran Cotter), Misty Millie (6/1, Garvan Donnelly) and Jeff Kidder (7/2, Noel Meade) at Bellewstown on Wednesday, August 26, 2020, a day that was to reignite his 2020 jockeys' championship challenge. 

At one stage during the season, Shane Foley led Keane by 22 winners in the title race, but on the back of his Bellewstown four-timer, Keane went on to ride a remarkable 26 winners (compared to 11 for Foley) in September and an October haul of 27 (compared to Foley's 19) saw him enjoy a healthy advantage heading into the final days of the term. 

With both men cutting their seasons short to ride at the Breeders' Cup, Keane secured his second title at Naas on Sunday, November 1. A winner on his final ride of the season at the Curragh the following afternoon saw Keane end up with a tally of 100, eight ahead of Shane Foley. 

Colin rounded off a superb 2020 when landing a first Breeders' Cup success at Keeneland in November. He partnered Tarnawa to win the Breeders' Cup Turf for trainer Dermot Weld, a first winner at the meeting for the legendary Curragh trainer. 

Colin rode his first Group 1 winner for Aidan O'Brian when taking the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud on Broome in early July 2021. 

The record books were rewritten at Navan on Saturday, August 28, 2021 where Colin notched up the fastest century of winners in a Flat season in Ireland on the Ger Lyons-trained Barretta. It was the fourth time that Colin rode 100 winners in the Flat jockeys' championship a season in Ireland and he reached the milestone 10 days quicker than Joseph O'Brien did during his record-breaking season in 2013. Keane immediately set his sights on bettering O'Brien's record tally of 126 winners. Two days later, Colin partnered Ger Lyons' 1,000th winner as a trainer when Offiah scored at Roscommon. 

SeasonRuns1st2nd3rd4thWin MoneyPlace MoneyTotal *
Winter All Weather 2020/2021911013115€63,000€46,745€109,745
Winter All Weather 2019/202064132610€91,500€23,400€114,900
Winter All Weather 2018/201973111096€97,500€42,788€140,288
Winter All Weather 2017/20186891295€66,250€48,275€114,525
Winter All Weather 2016/20179819131311€137,188€55,150€192,338
Winter All Weather 2015/201664106511€69,650€25,690€95,340
Winter All Weather 2014/2015749999€58,450€28,310€86,760
Winter All Weather 2013/2014871113811€67,550€29,285€96,835
Winter All Weather 2012/2013435135€25,340€4,707€30,047
Winter All Weather 2011/2012354013€17,360€1,960€19,320
Flat 2021676117948665€1,838,000€1,050,245€2,888,245
Flat 2020611100766661€1,935,800€613,010€2,548,810
Flat 2019700103989659€1,616,688€891,340€2,508,028
Flat 2018661821007962€1,050,094€812,513€1,862,606
Flat 2017609100797862€1,304,938€816,178€2,121,115
Flat 201654077795359€1,072,125€704,203€1,776,328
Flat 201546165556155€933,835€473,563€1,407,398
Flat 201435554444435€562,020€328,340€890,360
Flat 201324235251823€371,560€80,912€452,472
Flat 2012142914107€46,340€37,939€84,279
Flat 20111105768€32,935€23,551€56,486
Flat 2010101000€3,430€0€3,430

Date From
Date To
Race Type
Venue Date Horse Race Type Distance Place Weight Rating Race Pattern/ Listed Prize Money
Dundalk 24/09/21 Sheishybrid Hcp 1m 2f 150yds 10 9-6 78 Crowne Plaza Hotel Dundalk H'cap
Dundalk 24/09/21 Ides Of August (USA) F 1m 2f 150yds 6 9-5 100 Al Basti Equiworld, Dubai Diamond Stakes (Group 3) Group 3
Dundalk 24/09/21 Princess Plumeria Mdn 6f 1 9-3 68 Floodlit Fridays At Dundalk Claiming Mdn
Dundalk 24/09/21 Racy Lacey Hcp 1m 4f 4 9-4 59 Join On Instagram @dundalk_stadium H'cap (Div 1)
Dundalk 24/09/21 Light Fury Hcp 1m 4f 3 9-12 62 Join On Instagram @dundalk_stadium H'cap (Div 2)
Dundalk 24/09/21 Breakfast Club (GB) Hcp 5f 7 10-2 64 Donate To The Coast To Curragh H'cap
Dundalk 24/09/21 Salonica (GB) Mdn 7f 11 9-2 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) M'dn
Listowel 23/09/21 Empyrea Mdn 1m 4f 1 9-2 Behans Horseshoe Bar, Restaurant M'dn €7,200
Listowel 23/09/21 Bright Blue Mdn 1m 4 9-7 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Med. Auct. M'dn €800
Listowel 23/09/21 Rivers Of Tay Mdn 1m 6 9-2 MAC Fuels & General Supplies M'dn €240
Listowel 23/09/21 Castletownshend Hcp 7f 6 9-4 68 Kevin McManus Bookmaker H'cap €230
Listowel 23/09/21 Dawn Of The West Hcp 1m 6f 55yds 13 9-13 67 Treo Eile Retraining Racehorses H'cap
Listowel 21/09/21 Star Harbour Hcp 1m 8 9-13 94 Listowel Arms Hotel H'cap
Listowel 21/09/21 Mutasarref (GB) Mdn 7f 1 9-7 Jet & Peggy O'Carroll Mem. (C&G) M'dn €7,200
Listowel 21/09/21 Dutch Schaefer (GB) Hcp 7f 5 9-2 52 The Rose Hotel H'cap (Div 2) €300
Listowel 21/09/21 Sen Ding Mdn 7f 6 9-7 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn €300
Listowel 21/09/21 Roca Roma F 1m 1f 4 9-6 100 Edmund & Josie Whelan Mem. Listowel Stks (Listed) Listed €1,875
Listowel 21/09/21 Emilie Gray Hcp 7f 2 9-8 87 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) H'cap €4,000
Listowel 21/09/21 Tyrion's Dream Hcp 7f 13 9-8 55 The Rose Hotel H'cap (Div 1)
Fairyhouse 20/09/21 Recurrent Dream F 7f 1 9-5 89 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Claiming Race €12,000

*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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