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Article by Darren O’Conghaile

“Did you know County Dublin native, Kevin Manning is the longest serving stable jockey in Ireland or Britain”.

Manning has been around a long time, in which seems like for ever. He rode his first winner in 1983 and has since been always been a firm favourite to everyone connected with Irish Horse racing. Since day one as jockey - he has been involved in Jim Bolger’s yard –Many don’t know Manning is also married to Bolger’s daughter Una, to whom he has a daughter, Clare, and a son, James.

Manning is an old school gentleman; he is never outspoken and obviously lets his riding do the talking, as sure the Sun rises every morning, it’s a banker punt that he will ride numerous big race winners every year with his ‘calm and collective’ brashness in the saddle. Highest level achievement is no stranger to Manning, in a roll of honour that comprises of winning the English/Irish Derby, Guineas, St James’s Palace Stakes and the Oaks to name but a few, it should be no surprise to anybody when the combination of Bolger and Manning pop up with big race wins at any given chance.

At the beginning of every season the masses of racing fans nose-dive impulsively into the tempestuous pool that is early season maiden races and call for the Bolger/Manning lifeboat to come and rescue them in the shape of the next Coolcullen superstar and each season the double act never fails to disappoint.Never one to panic, his ability to perform under pressure is something that any jockey would envy, he can have the lightest of touches or a firmness capable of making the mind up of any strong-willed animal, a racing mind and an infallibility when it comes to putting horses in the right place at the right time.

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As part of the Coolcullen team he has had a hand in the winning of races and the making of stallions. The Darley stallion New approach, himself a son of a Bolger trained mare in Park Express, sired the excellent Dawn Approach in his first crop, a four-time group 1 winner, who incidentally recorded a time faster than that of the great Frankel in the Dewhurst, Guineas and St. James’s Palace and now stands alongside his sire at stud.

Manning has demonstrated his ability to deliver time and time again, this stalwart of the Irish weigh room will continue into the future as a favourite of the punters.

There is no one quite like Kevin Manning is there? He is in a league of his own.