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Keane has the edge at top again

Story by Conall Collier

Saturday, 23rd September, 2017 11:39am

Keane has the edge at top again

Colin Keane on board the Tom McCourt-trained My Good Brother. PHOTO: Gerry Shanahan.

The race for the flat jockeys' title continues to develop and Trim jockey Colin Keane, who was the champion apprentice in 2014, edged into the lead again at Dundalk last night.

Keane was on the mark with the Tom McCourt-trained My Good Brother which is owned by Oliver Curtis and the winner gave the Meath man top spot ahead of champion Pat Smullen.

My Good Brother was sent off favourite for the handicap and duly obliged for the second year in-a-row (Keane was on board last year also and he also won the race in 2015).

Keane was steering the eight-year-old, which had just mised out at Laytown earlier this month, to a sixth win at Dundalk.

Keane is now on 72 winners for the season, one ahead of Offaly man Pat Smullen on 71, the defending champion.

With no flat racing in Ireland today Keane was scheduled to go to Ayr, but the Ayr Gold Cup card has been abandoned.

Smullen will be in action at Newbury today - winners in England will not count in the race for the Irish jockeys' title.

However, the duo will be back in action at Naas tomorrow where Keane has six rides and Smullen has seven - one of Smullen's rides is for Meath trainer Shelia Lavery.

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