More often than not, we miss jockeys when they’re gone. Lester Piggott, Johnny Murtagh, Willie Carson, Pat Eddery, John Francome, Richard Hughes, Jimmy Fortune, AP McCoy… I could go on. Punters can be too quick to criticise jockeys, but could any of us do their job? No. Split second decisions made aboard an animal racing at high speed, along with luck in running, can make the difference between winning and losing. Between being billed a hero or villain.
I still miss seeing Michael Kinane in the saddle. H’es right up there with my favourite flat jockeys of recent years, writes Vernon Grant of VG Tips.
Who can forget the success he enjoyed aboard Sea the Stars? Kinane rode the son of Cape Cross in all of his nine races. They won eight of them, including the 2009 Derby at Epsom.
The final career win was arguably the most memorable and it came in this week nine years ago. I can hardly believe it was that long ago. On October 4th 2009 Kinane and Sea the Stars combined to win the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe by two lengths. That was a mighty performance.
This 22 minute interview between Mick Kinane and Donn McLean of Racing UK is well worth a watch.