2018 Flat Champions crowned at Naas


Posted: 4 November 2018

Donnacha O'Brien is Champion Jockey, Shane Crosse is Champion Apprentice, Aidan O'Brien is Champion Trainer, and Mrs Sue Magnier is the Champion Owner

Donnacha O'Brien is Champion Jockey for the first time
Shane Crosse runs out a clear winner of the Champion Apprentice Title
Aidan O'Brien is Champion Trainer for the 21st time
Mrs Sue Magnier retains Champion Owner Title

On the back of a stellar season that saw him ride his first Classic winners in Ireland and England, Donnacha O'Brien is the new Irish champion jockey.

Riding solely for his father Aidan O'Brien and his brother Joseph, Donnacha (20) won his first Classic race when Saxon Warrior landed the QIPCO 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket in May. Closer to home, he captured his first Irish Classic when Latrobe, trained by Joseph, took the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh while Nelson, Speak In Colours, Flag Of Honour, Just Wonderful, Ten Sovereigns and Rostropovich were winners for him at Group 3 level.

Donnacha reached the milestone of 100 winners for the first time at Dundalk in late September and ends the season with a tally of 111 which sees him land the title by 29 winners from last year’s champion Colin Keane. With 63 winners, his highest total since 2007, Declan McDonogh takes third place in the championship with Shane Foley and Chris Hayes next on the list with 58 and 57 winners respectively. Hayes’ tally is also a career best.

It was only in the final days of the season that Shane Crosse drew clear of his rivals to secure the title of Champion Apprentice. Shane only rode his first winner in April of this year and ends the term on the 28-winner mark, five clear of Killian Leonard who finishes runner-up for the second year.  Ben Coen takes third place with 22 winners and Tom Madden finishes in fourth place with 19 winners.

Aidan O'Brien is crowned Champion Trainer once again, an accolade he wins for the 21st time. Aidan captured an Irish Classic with Flag Of Honour and further Group 1 success with Lancaster Bomber while other notable wins came his way thanks to Cliffs Of Moher, Merchant Navy, Magical, I Can Fly, Van Beethoven, Anthony Van Dyck and Japan. While the trainers’ championship is decided on prizemoney, Aidan has set a new record of 152 winners for the season.

Mrs Sue Magnier is our champion owner for the 16th time since 2000. Victory for Flag Of Honour in the Comer Group International Irish St Leger at the Curragh and success for Cliffs Of Moher in the Group 2 Coolmore Camelot EBF Mooresbridge Stakes at Naas were among the big winners in her colours during the season.  

Brian Kavanagh, Chief Executive of Horse Racing Ireland, said: "Many congratulations to all of our champions for their performances on the track this season. It was heartening to see such a terrific spread of big-race success throughout the season beginning with a memorable win for Ken Condon and Shane Foley in the Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas with Romanised and culminating with Moyglare Stud Stakes success for Patrick Prendergast and Ronan Whelan with Skitter Scatter.”


 

Shane Crosse is crowned 2018 Champion Apprentice Jockey

Shane Crosse is crowned 2018 Champion Apprentice Jockey at the finale of the Flat racing season, Naas 04/11/18

 


2018 Champion Apprentice Jockey, Shane Crosse, with his mum Bernadette, dad Pat, brother Nathan and fellow jockeys

2018 Champion Apprentice Jockey, Shane Crosse, with his mum Bernadette, dad Pat, brother Nathan and fellow jockeys at the finale of the Flat racing season at Naas 04/11/18

 

Eoin Lane accepting the Champion Trainer Title on behalf of Aidan O'Brien, and Champion Jockey Title on behalf of Donnacha O'Brien

Eoin Lane accepting the Champion Trainer Title on behalf of Aidan O'Brien, and Champion Jockey Title on behalf of Donnacha O'Brien, presented by John Osborne, CEO of HRI Racecourses Ltd at the finale of the Flat racing season, Naas 04/11/18

 

2018 Champion Apprentice Jockey, Shane Crosse, celebrates with his fellow jockeys

2018 Champion Apprentice Jockey, Shane Crosse, celebrates with his fellow jockeys at the finale of the Flat racing season at Naas 04/11/18

 

2018 Champion Apprentice Jockey, Shane Crosse, with his dad Pat and John Osborne, CEO of HRI Racecourses Ltd

2018 Champion Apprentice Jockey, Shane Crosse, with his dad Pat and John Osborne, CEO of HRI Racecourses Ltd, at the finale of the Flat racing season at Naas 04/11/18

 

Gerry Ahern accepting the Champion Owner Title on behalf of Mrs Sue Magnier, presented by John Osborne, CEO of HRI Racecourses Ltd

Gerry Ahern accepting the Champion Owner Title on behalf of Mrs Sue Magnier, presented by John Osborne, CEO of HRI Racecourses Ltd at the finale of the Flat racing season, Naas

Photos by Healy Racing Photography

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