• Most notable mover on Thoroughbred Racing Commentary’s Global Rankings
+12 Colin Keane
Since the restart, Classic weekends in Ireland are coming around more often than the mother-in-law. (A lot more often than mine, since she’s dead.)
Hardly surprising, then, that Irishmen feature heavily among the most notable movers on this week’s Thoroughbred Racing Commentary exclusive global rankings – and none more so than Colin Keane, who joined forces with his boss Ger Lyons to land a surprise Irish Oaks victory with Even So.
It isn’t the first time the pair have defied the battalions of Ballydoyle on their home territory this year, with Sussex Stakes-bound Siskin having claimed the Irish 2,000 Guineas in June.
Irish champion jockey in 2017 (and second every other year since 2015), Keane punched in three Group-race victories over the weekend, recording a Sunday Curragh double with A’Ali for the Crisfords in the Sapphire Stakes and Lyons-trained Lemista in the Kilboy Estate Stakes half an hour later.
Put it all together and Keane gets a 12pt boost (#85 from #109) on the TRC rankings, where Lyons (+7pt, #99 from #142) sneaks into the Top 100.
Also making nice moves are trainer Ken Condon (+10pt, #142 from #231) and jockey Chris Hayes (+8pt, #79 from #92), who both enjoyed a pair of G2 wins at the Curragh. They teamed up with shock 66-1 winner Law Of Indices in the Railway Stakes and Condon also scored with Billy Lee-ridden Romanised in the Minstrel, while Hayes struck on Aloha Star for Fozzy Stack in the Airlie Stud Stakes.
According to the betting, Aloha Star was only half as surprising as Laws Of Indices, given that the former was returned a 33-1 chance.
Elsewhere, Jim Crowley’s (+6pt, #20 from #24) exploits this summer are rewarded as he moves into the world top 20. The jockey’s latest among a spate of Group wins was Tabdeed in Newbury’s Hackwood Stakes.
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