Michael Kinane
-, USA

Currently Residing:
County Kildare Ireland

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wife Catherine; two daughters Sinead and Aisling. Kinaneâs father was a jockey; his three brothers also were jockeys.

Kinane rode the winners of six of the 10 Irish Group 1 contests, including the Irish Champion on High Chaparral in 2003. He rode to a dead-heat victory in the Breederâs Cup Turf at Santa Anita. Kinane finished the year as champion jockey in Ireland, his 13th title. He rode for John Oxxâs stable in 2004. Among his major wins, the St. Jamesâs Palace and Irish Champion on Azamour are noteworthy. He finished both 2004 and 2005 in fifth place in the Irish jockeyâs table. Top mounts of 2005 included group 1 winners Azamour (King George VI & Queen Elizabeth, Prince of Wales's), Saoire, Electrocutionist (Juddmonte International), Proclamation (Sussex) and Donna Blini.

Year Races Run Wins Place Show Earnings
2006 48 8 4 6 -
2005 52 6 8 2 -
2004 49 3 4 4 -

Kinane started deputizing aboard Aidan O'Brien-trained horses in the top British prizes including the Yorkshire Oaks on Alexandrova and the Queen Elizabeth II on George Washington after Kieren Fallon was banned from riding in Britain. He was apprenticed to Liam Browne and rode his first winner in 1975 at Leopardstown. Kinane has won most of the top races in Europe, including the Epsom Derby on Commander In Chief (1993) and Galileo (2001), the Oaks on Imagine (2001), the Prix de lâArc de Triomphe on Carroll House (1989) and Montjeu (1999) and the English 2,000 Guineas with Tirol (1990) and Entrepreneur (1997). Outside Europe he has won the 1990 Belmont Stakes on Go and Go, the 1993 Melbourne Cup on Vintage Crop and the 1997 Japan Cup with Pilsudski. Ended his 15-year association with Irish trainer Dermot Weld in 1999 to become stable jockey for Aidan OâBrienâs Ballydoyle operation. In that first year he won seven group 1 races including the Arc de Triomphe aboard Montjeu, and two, both aboard Stravinsky, in England. In 2000 he partnered with the OâBrien-trained Giantâs Causeway with wins in the St. Jamesâs Palace, the Sussex, the Juddmonte International and the Irish Champion. He also had a remarkable run with Rock of Gibraltar to secure six of his seven consecutive group 1 wins in 2001-2002.