Colin Keane will have history in sight when he teams up with six mounts in Navan on Wednesday.
With 125 winners to his name already this season, Keane is a little short of Joseph O’Brien’s 2013 record of 126 winners in a single campaign in Ireland.
Maker Of Kings’ success in Monday’s Concorde Stakes at Tipperary brought the jockey on the brink of a new benchmark long before the Irish turf season ended at the end of this month.
Without his closest rival Shane Foley out of 76 winners and long assured of a third jockeys championship, Keane has also crossed the € 3 million mark in earnings this season.
Once again, Ger Lyons supplies most of his ammo to Navan with four rounds, while Keane also rides Mephisto for his father, Gerry.
Flagged is a Lyonnais runner in the handicap of a filly although Dermot Weld, with whom Keane has also teamed up so successfully this year, could prove to be a spoiler thanks to the valuable 5-pound claim of Emilie Gray and Sam Ewing.
Curragh coach Ken Condon returned to his winning form at Tipperary on Monday, which is encouraging for Sounds Of Spring and Keel Bay’s chances in the opening nursery.
Separately, one of the greatest Irish jockeys in racing history, Pat Eddery, has been announced as the latest star to be inducted into the Qipco British Champions Series Hall of Fame.
Eddery, who died in November 2015 at the age of 63, was one of Europe’s most successful riders in the 1970s, 80s and 90s and was crowned British Champion Jockey 11 times.
He was also crowned champion jockey in Ireland in 1982 when he was Vincent O’Brien’s No.1 jockey.
Of his more than 6,000 career winners worldwide, 4,632 have come to Britain, just behind Gordon Richards. His 14 British classics included three wins in the Epsom Derby.
He won 11 Irish Classics at the Curragh and claimed four wins in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, including a memorable 1986 victory over Dancing Brave.
“We called him ‘God’ because he was like God,” Frankie Dettori said on Tuesday.
The Irishman joins former rival Lester Piggott and champion racehorse Frankel in the Hall of Fame concept which opened in April this year.