THE Crowne Plaza Leading Jockey and Trainer competition comes to a conclusion at Dundalk this Friday - and the race for the top jockey prize could not be closer.
Wayne Lordan, who rides primarily for David Wachman and Tommy Stack, is tied on 25 victories with Shane Foley, whose trainer Michael Halford already has the trainers title wrapped up.
Over the last ten years Lordan has steadily built up a reputation for himself as one of the most stylish and classy jockeys in the weighroom. He secured the 'Racing Post Winter Series Championship' at Dundalk Stadium in March 2012 and is hopeful of completing the double!
Standing in his way is Shane Foley, one of the most promising young riders on the Irish circuit. Like so many top apprentices before him, he made his first impression on the pony racing scene.
He rode a multitude of winners on that circuit and after he graduated, he was snapped up by noted nurturer of apprentices Mick Halford and he hasn't looked back since.
The Wexford native has enjoyed much success at Dundalk Stadium in 2012; not least when completing a double last time out for Halford!
Over the last decade Halford's name has been an ever present one amongst the ranks of the Ireland's top trainers.
Throughout his career he has achieved notable success with a wide variety of horses across the entire racing spectrum and it's his ability to get the best from every horse and place them to maximum advantage that has stood him in such excellent stead for the last 25 years.
Halford has enjoyed great success at Dundalk Stadium in 2012 and is often referred to as this seasons 'master' of the polytrack.