Michael Kinane

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

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 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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

He retired at the end of 2009, a season which was highlighted by his association with Sea The Stars.[2][3] He bred the 2007 Epsom Derby winner Authorized.[4]

Major winsEdit

 Great Britain






 Hong Kong


  • 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)




 United States

Personal lifeEdit

His father, Tommy Kinane, was a leading National Hunt jockey who won the Champion Hurdle on Monksfield.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Michael Kinane retires from the saddle" Archived 12 December 2009 at the Wayback Machine, RTÉ, 8 December 2009.
  2. ^ McGrath, Chris. "Kinane calls time after Stars' exit". The Independent. London, UK. Retrieved 11 April 2015.
  3. ^ "Sea The Stars jockey Mick Kinane announces retirement". BBC Sport. Retrieved 11 April 2015.
  4. ^ "Kinane's double chance", Daily Telegraph, 23 May 2007.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Ballydoyle retained jockey
Succeeded by
Jamie Spencer