Keane maintains handy lead as race enters final furlong

Colin Keane maintained a comfortable enough gap between himself and nearest competitor Shane Foley as the race for the Flat Jockey’s Championship enters its final few furlongs.

Trim’s Keane had another long but productive day in the saddle after notching a treble between the two meetings at Leopardstown and Dundalk. It was another Meath man, Tony Martin, who got the ball rolling when his Day Dreamin was a most impressive winner at the D4 venue.

Ironically, the rider’s haul from Foxrock might have been even greater had he not missed his dad Gerry’s winner, Miss Molly T, (Seamie Heffernan up) while en route to Dundalk.

Colin Keane missed Miss Molly T winning for his dad Gerry (pictured)

The trip on the M1 was worth it, though, as Ger Lyons’s stable jockey recorded a double, steering home Ela Katrina for his boss before producing a ride reminiscent of a certain Mr Carberry in guiding Crystal Dawn home for trainer Gavin Cromwell.

Had Foley been unable to muster a response, it would surely have left the former champion in an unassailable position, but muster ‘Dusty’ did.

Damien English’s horses thrive around Dundalk

Firstly booting home the impressive Baron Wild for his employer Jessica Harrington before having the final say on another days battle when taking the closer aboard course specialist Damien English’s Shawaf.

All in all, the Keane camp must be happy enough with how matters currently stand. Their man is in Ascot tomorrow to ride Even So, but, even though Foley will undoubtedly be hoping to take advantage of his great rival not being at Leopardstown, gut feeling is there are a few hairpin bends left in this race yet.

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