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Last Updated: Thursday, 1 May, 2003, 15:00 GMT 16:00 UK
Mick Kinane
Mick Kinane
Date of birth: 22 June 1959
Place of birth:
Co Tipperary, Ireland
English Classic wins:
7 (all except 1,000 Guineas)
2002 wins: 15
2001 wins: 26
2000 wins: 26

Mick Kinane's long and successful career will continue in 2004 as stable jockey to The Curragh-based John Oxx.

His time as retained rider for prolific Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien ended on 8 November, 2003, with four wins at Leopardstown to mark his 13th Irish jockeys' crown.

Kinane's partnership with O'Brien first took an English Classic in 1998 when King of Kings won the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket.

But the jockey had long been successful in big races, winning the 1989 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe on Carroll House and the Epsom Derby in 1993 with Commander in Chief.

Tipperary-born Kinane and O'Brien teamed up for a notable Oaks-Derby double at Epsom in 2001 with Imagine and Galileo.

Galileo also landed the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes at Ascot and the Irish Derby.

Kinane also scored another first for himself, winning the Breeders' Cup Juvenile on Johannesburg.

He picked up his 12th Irish jockeys' title in 2002 but he was made to work hard by rival Johnny Murtagh, only finally securing victory on the final day of the season.

Kinane was also top jockey at Goodwood but missed out in all the English Classics.

He was suspended when Rock of Gibraltar won the 2,000 Guineas and then chose to ride Hawk Wing in the Derby - only to come second to stablemate High Chaparral.

Kinane did ride the Rock in all of his other races that season, guiding him to a record seventh consecutive Group One victory, in the Prix du Moulin at Longchamp.

However, the season ended on a disappointing note when Kinane was criticised in some quarters for the ride he gave Rock of Gibraltar in finishing second in the Breeders' Cup Mile.

The Kinane-Ballydoyle team had more limited success in 2003, although High Chaparral won the Irish Champion Stakes and retained his Breeders' Cup Turf title.

But the split at the end of the 2003 season, ending one chapter in Kinane's career, but beginning another with Oxx.







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