INTERVIEW WITH COLIN KEANE 

Tell us about your self and how you got involved in racing?
From Trim, Co Meath, my dad is a trainer so was always involved in horses from a young age, started off show jumping and hunting and then in my young teens I started pony racing until I was old enough to get my license.

Being champion jockey what does it mean to you?
Obviously it means the world to me as it would any jockey, with the work the team and myself put in I’m delighted it has come in my grasp.

You have put the massive effort in this season but was it stressful?
Yes at times

Most memorable victory?
My first group 1 winner I had in Italy just this month was a great achievement but I get a great kick out of my yearlings that I sold winning their maidens, like Would You Believe this year at the Curragh.

Over the winter will you be staying at home or heading abroad?
Staying at home

Ger Lyons and you how did the partnership come about?
I was riding a horse for him in an apprentice race that my agent Ruaidhri set up and I was asked to go in and ride him out before hand, and I asked if I could have a job riding out for him.

 If you were not a jockey what would you have been?

I’ve always been interested in cooking so probably a chef, if we are talking about something outside of the racing industry.

Favourite racecourse and why?
Dundalk, I’ve had a lot of luck up there.

Give us a few horses to watch out for at Dundalk?
Bring on the Band, Beckoning, and Elegant Drama, 3 nice fillies we have for the winter series.

 What is your life quote or motto you live your life by?
I don’t really have a motto, just take each day as it comes I suppose.

Outside racing how do you chill?
Hanging out with friends (and Hank, my Jack Russell , watching movies, or going out for a nice dinner.