TRC rankings star: Colin Keane

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Colin Keane: four wins at Irish Champions Weekend. Photo: James Crosbie Inpho for HRI

+13 Colin Keane

Among many notable movers on the rankings, nobody deserves greater kudos than jockey Colin Keane (+13pt, #63 from #81), who rode four winners across the Longines Irish Champions Weekend.

Best known for association with rising force Ger Lyons, 26-year-old Keane had a ride in each of the 16 races across the two-day spectacular.

For the purposes of this exercise, the ones that matter are a Pattern-race double at Leopardstown on Champers Elysees – Johnny Murtagh’s first G1 winner in a training capacity in the Matron Stakes – and British visitor Safe Voyage in a G2 event later on the card.

Ireland’s champion jockey in 2017, Keane made up a bit of ground in this year’s title race, in which Shane Foley (+10pt, #43 from #57) leads 67-56 as the pair exited the weekend’s racing.

Given the quality of the Irish fare, a slew of notable movers could have been forecast but Joseph O’Brien (+11pt, #10 from #14) also had Galileo Chrome’s St Leger (alongside Thunder Moon’s National Stakes) to thank for his jump into the worldwide Top Ten.

Meanwhile, Jessica Harrington’s (+10pt, #18 from #25) unlikely late-career transition into a major Flat-racing force shows no sign of abating as a pair of G2 wins Cadillac and Cayenne Pepper catapults her into the Top 20. Both horses were ridden by Foley and look set for a visit to the Breeders’ Cup.

While we are on the subject of Irish stars, it would be remiss not to mention the legendary Galileo (+9pt, #1 from #2), who has reclaimed top spot on the overall sires’ list from Dubawi.

After the longest shutdown of any major racing nation, Argentina is up and running again at Palermo in Buenos Aires, where they caught up with the prestigious Carreras de las Estrellas card on Friday.

In effect, this is the nation’s very own Breeders’ Cup with six G1s across various divisions. Honours were evenly spread, with no single jockey nor trainer winning more than one Estrellas race. 

Biggest movers on the TRC algorithm were jockeys Brian Enrique (+15pt, #202 from #399) and Martin Valle (+13pt, #186 from #299), who won the Sprint (La Reliquia) and Distaff (Cita Di Rio) respectively.

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