Colin Keane

Date of Birth: September 12, 1994

County of origin: Meath

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

Champion Jockey: 2017

Champion Apprentice Jockey: 2014

Assoc. Trainers: Ger Lyons, Gerry Keane

Significant horses (Selected): Siskin, Even So, 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

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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.

His association with Ger Lyons has yielded a number of significant wins. They landed 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 his nearest rival.  

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. 

SeasonRuns1st2nd3rd4thWin MoneyPlace MoneyTotal *
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 202043466594542€1,548,800€499,185€2,047,985
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
Listowel 22/09/20 Trading Point (FR) Hcp 7f 2 9-3 81 H'cap
Listowel 22/09/20 Flaming Moon F 1m 1f 3 9-6 91 Edmund & Josie Whelan Mem. Listowel Stks (Listed) Listed
Fairyhouse 21/09/20 Summit Rock Hcp 6f 12 9-6 54 Follow Fairyhouse On Social Media H'cap (Div 1)
Fairyhouse 21/09/20 Cappella Liath Hcp 6f 5 9-1 50 Follow Fairyhouse On Social Media H'cap (Div 2) €270
Fairyhouse 21/09/20 Shalaalaa (GB) Hcp 6f 4 9-13 86 Tattersalls Yearling Sale Nursery H'cap €550
Fairyhouse 21/09/20 Semenya Mdn 6f 3 9-4 Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction M'dn €2,000
Fairyhouse 21/09/20 The Last Knight F 7f 3 8-11 75 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Claiming Race €1,900
Fairyhouse 21/09/20 Lilandra (FR) Mdn 7f 2 9-2 70 Sands Of Mali @Ballyhane (Fillies) M'dn €2,200
Gowran Park 19/09/20 Mr Wendell (FR) F 1m 1 9-9 85 Holden Plant Rentals Race €8,100
Gowran Park 19/09/20 Talacre (USA) Mdn 1m 1 9-2 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) M'dn €9,300
Gowran Park 19/09/20 Everyhouronthehour Hcp 1m 1 9-9 57 MansionBet Beaten By A Head H'cap (Div 2) €5,400
Gowran Park 19/09/20 Whipsaw Mdn 1m 11 9-5 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (C&G) M'dn
Gowran Park 19/09/20 Simply A Breeze F 1m 1f 100yds 8 9-7 99 D.Cordell Lavarack/Lanwades Stud(F)Stks (Group 3) Group 3
Gowran Park 19/09/20 Dali's Dream Hcp 1m 9 9-13 58 MansionBet Beaten By A Head H'cap (Div 1)
Gowran Park 19/09/20 Elite Craft (USA) Mdn 1m 1f 100yds 7 9-2 77 2021 Golf Membership From 600 (F) M'dn
Dundalk 18/09/20 Jackmel Hcp 1m 6 9-8 54 H'cap (Div 1) €180
Dundalk 18/09/20 Ocean Air (FR) Hcp 1m 7 8-12 47 H'cap (Div 2)
Dundalk 18/09/20 Day Dreamin' Hcp 1m 2f 150yds 2 9-12 61 Find Us On Twitter @DundalkStadium Hcap €1,800
Dundalk 18/09/20 Quick Quick Mdn 1m 2 8-13 58 Floodlit Fridays Return Claiming M'dn €2,200
Dundalk 18/09/20 Latoyah Of North F 1m 2f 150yds 6 9-2 84 On Instagram @dundalk_stadium Race €270

*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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