While many people might not be aware of Michael Kinane, he should be a case study for intercontinental success. With incredible success in the United Kingdom and Ireland, he also won tournaments in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Japan, Slovakia and lastly the United States. Having rode well into the later part of the noughties, Kinane won an incredible amount over a two-decade career.
Given that his father Tommy, was a major National Hunt level jockey, it’s no surprise that Michael got into the sport to follow in his Champion Hurdle father.
Having had the pleasure of winning the 2000 Guineas four times, the Epsom Derby three times, the Melbourne Cup and also the Belmont Stakes, he’s picked up many of the major tournaments out there on the market. With 13 Irish Champion Jockey wins, too, he’s easily one of the most decorated riders of his era.
His career even passed into the breeding era, too. As the breeder of the 2007 Epsom Derby winner, Authorized, Kinane has been involved in both wins on the course and in the stable. Having ridden for names such as Dermot Weld, John Magnier, Aidan O’Brien and John Oxx, he was involved with some of the biggest names in the business. With major successes at events such as Longchamp, too, he managed to create a career for himself that was built on variety as much as consistency.
Achievements & Highlights
Major Wins – 2,000 Guineas (1990, 1997, 1998, 2009), Ascot Gold Cup (1996, 2000, 2007), Coronation Cup (2007), Eclipse Stakes (1993, 1997, 2002, 2009), Melbourne Cup (1993), Derby Italiano (1992, 1995), Champions Mile (2007), Japan Cup (1997), Belmont Stakes (1990).
Associations – John Magnier, Aidan O’Brien, Dermot Weld, John Oxx.
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