BILLY LEE FEATURE

headers billlyIt has not escaped my attention that this year Billy Lee is riding as well as ever. The man from Ballingarry, county Limerick had a successful week at the Galway Festival, winning four races with his well-judged ride on Serefeli especially impressing me. Willie McCreery is Billy’s biggest supporter for rides, with the highlight of their relationship being the win of Fiesolana in the 2014 Group One Matron Stakes, at the inaugural Irish Champions Weekend, it was a first Group One victory for them and it was very well deserved.

There has been some more group race success this season, with partnering the tough Santa Monica to victory in the Munster Oaks. Just six days later Billy also took out the Ulster Oaks at Down Royal. I really think Billy has earned the chance to ride in the big races, classics or Group Ones in Ireland or elsewhere. I hope to see him getting on some live contenders for the prestige races over the course of his riding career, as he has got a cool head under pressure. And that is proved right when he has tasted victory in nine group races, as well as some big handicaps, including the Irish Lincolnshire and Cesarewitch.

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Currently as I write this, Billy is thirteen winners behind Colin Keane (53 Wins) in the Irish Flat jockey’s standings, and just a handful of winners behind Kevin Manning in third. It wouldn’t surprise me if in the future Billy is snapped up a big stable somewhere as he is a hardworking and kind man. We wish Billy all the best of luck for the remainder of the season in his quest for winners all over country.  

It has not escaped my attention that this year Billy Lee is riding as well as ever. The man from Ballingarry, county Limerick had a successful week at the Galway Festival, winning four races with his well-judged ride on Serefeli especially impressing me. Willie McCreery is Billy’s biggest supporter for rides, with the highlight of their relationship being the win of Fiesolana in the 2014 Group One Matron Stakes, at the inaugural Irish Champions Weekend, it was a first Group One victory for them and it was very well deserved.

There has been some more group race success this season, with partnering the tough Santa Monica to victory in the Munster Oaks. Just six days later Billy also took out the Ulster Oaks at Down Royal. I really think Billy has earned the chance to ride in the big races, classics or Group Ones in Ireland or elsewhere. I hope to see him getting on some live contenders for the prestige races over the course of his riding career, as he has got a cool head under pressure. And that is proved right when he has tasted victory in nine group races, as well as some big handicaps, including the Irish Lincolnshire and Cesarewitch.

Currently as I write this, Billy is thirteen winners behind Colin Keane (53 Wins) in the Irish Flat jockey’s standings, and just a handful of winners behind Kevin Manning in third. It wouldn’t surprise me if in the future Billy is snapped up a big stable somewhere as he is a hardworking and kind man. We wish Billy all the best of luck for the remainder of the season in his quest for winners all over country.  

Article By Jamie Lindsey