Michael Kinane

EPSOM - 1993: Commander in Chief ridden by jockey Michael Kinane wins the Epsom Derby in 1993 held at Epsom Downs, in Epsom, Surrey, England. (Photo by Chris Cole/Getty Images)Michael Kinane has been one of the most consistent performers at the top of British flat racing over the past two decades, riding winners in most of the Classics and Group 1 races in the United Kingdom.

Michael Kinane was born in Ireland in 1959. Michael’s father Tommy Kinane introduced his son to the sport of horseracing and was himself a top national hunt jockey, having won the Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival on Monksfield.

Michael Kinane began working as an apprentice jockey for Liam Browne in his early teens, and achieved the remarkable feat of riding a winner at his very first public race in 1975 at the age of 16. Despite this sparkling debut it took a few more years for Michael Kinane to make an impact in top level British flat racing.

In 1982 Michael Kinane won his first Irish Classic when he took the Irish 2,000 Guineas on Dara Monarch. A year later Kinane was invited to join the Dermot Weld stable, forming a partnership that saw him achieve win the Irish Champion Jockey title 10 times from 1984 to 1994.

Michael Kinane made his breakthrough as a top international jockey in 1990 when he won his first English Classic, the 2,000 Guineas, on Tirol. This maiden Classic victory was followed up with Group 1 victories in major international races, and in 1993 Michael Kinane partnered with Henry Cecil to win his first Epsom Derby title on Commander in Chief.

In the next decade Michael Kinane established himself as one of the top five jockeys in the world, riding horses to victories in a host of prestigious races that included a second Epsom Derby title on Galileo in 2001. With the financial rewards from his brilliant career, Michael Kinane invested successfully in breeding and was rewarded with his first Epsom Derby victory as an owner when Authorised won 2007 Epsom Derby.

At present Michael Kinane is riding for the powerful Coolmore stud, and has partnered Aidan O’brien to a succession of big race wins. The Epsom Derby Champion’s haul of wins in 27 Group 1 races in the United Kingdom is accompanied by some unique feats, including his victory on Vintage Crop at the Melbourne Cup that saw him become the first ever jockey to ride a northern hemisphere trained horse to victory in a major southern hemisphere race.