Michael Kinane

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Michael J. Kinane (born 22 June 1959 at Killenaule in County Tipperary, Ireland) is a former flat racing jockey. He had a 34-year career, retiring on 8 December 2009.[1]

His father, Tommy Kinane, was a leading National Hunt jockey who won the Champion Hurdle on Monksfield. A prolific winner of the Irish, English and French Classic races over two decades, Kinane has ridden winners in the 2,000 Guineas four times, the Epsom Derby three times, the Melbourne Cup in Australia and, in the United States, the Belmont Stakes once. Kinane also has four wins in Breeders' Cup races. He has been Irish Champion Jockey on 13 occasions.

He first came to prominence as the stable jockey to Dermot Weld and later was retained by John Magnier and Aidan O'Brien as stable jockey at Ballydoyle for many years. He was later with leading Irish flat trainer John Oxx. He became one of the world's elite jockeys and excelled on the big occasions at Longchamp and Epsom, and was regarded as one of the leading professionals of his sport.

He retired at the end of 2009, a season which was highlighted by his association with Sea The Stars.[2][3]

He also bred the 2007 Epsom Derby winner Authorized.[4]

Major wins[edit]

United Kingdom Great Britain


Republic of Ireland Ireland


Australia Australia


Canada Canada


France France


Germany Germany


Hong Kong Hong Kong


India India

  • Indian 1000 Guineas - (1) - Nauvkhal (1986)
  • Indian 2000 Guineas - (2) - Eversun (1984), Sir Bruce (1985)
  • Indian Derby - (3) - Sir Bruce (1986), Cordon Bleu (1988), HotStepper (2008)
  • Indian Oaks - (3) - Revelation (1985), Silver Haven (1986), Golden Treasure (1990)
  • Calcutta 1000 Guineas - (1) - Wheels (1983)
  • Golconda Derby - (1) - Deccan Star (1984)

Italy Italy


Japan Japan


Slovakia Slovakia


United States United States


See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kinane retires from the saddle, RTÉ, Tuesday, 8 December 2009 20:03
  2. ^ McGrath, Chris (2009-12-09). "Kinane calls time after Stars' exit". The Independent (London). Retrieved 2009-12-13. 
  3. ^ "Sea The Stars jockey Mick Kinane announces retirement". BBC Sport. 2009-12-09. Retrieved 2009-12-13. 
  4. ^ Kinane's double chance, Daily Telegraph article 23 May 2007