Unfinished business for former champion jockey
Having notched up in excess of 3,000 winners across four continents, you would think legendary jockey Mick Kinane had achieved all there was to achieve in Flat racing. And yet, the great man will be making one final bid for glory as he tries to claim one of the only titles that alludes him - that of Leger Legend at Doncaster on Wednesday 12 September.
Three years after he hung up his breeches for good, the 13-time Irish Champion jockey will be making his debut in the Clipper Logistics Leger Legends, a charity race reserved exclusively for retired professional jockeys.
And with a mantelpiece back home already buckling under the weight of all the silverware he amassed over a 34-year career, Kinane will be looking to add one more trophy to his collection which includes the St Leger itself, three wins in the Epsom Derby, as well as top honours in the Melbourne Cup, Japan Cup, Hong Kong Vase and Breeders Cup Turf.
With a further 14 Irish Classics to his name, Kinane is best known for partnering Sea The Stars to six Group one wins during his final year in the saddle including the 2,000 Guineas, Epsom Derby and the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
But he’s is adamant that his trophy cabinet won’t be complete until he’s added Leger Legend to his list of famous wins. Speaking of this latest challenge, Kinane said, “Nothing compares to the buzz of riding a winner and the craic you get in the weighing room so I can’t wait to get back in the saddle. I’ve kept pretty fit riding out for my old boss John Oxx and don’t think I’ll ever lose my competitive streak. I hope I’ve got enough in the tank to see me back in the Winner’s Enclosure.”
His prospects look pretty good. Earlier in the year Kinane won the John Smith’s Aintree Legends Charity Race at the Grand National Meeting but was glad it was run over the Flat rather than the fences. He won’t have it all his own way though. Lining up against him is a stellar cast of retired top class jockeys and former St Leger winners including Kevin Darley, George Duffield and Richard Hills.
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