STAR apprentice jockey Connor King from Kilbrin was crowned Apprentice Champion Jockey at Leopardstown races on Sunday when the Irish flat season finally came to a conclusion, a just reward for an outstanding season.
At Dundalk on Friday night, King was seen at his very best on 8/1 chance Valley Queen in the 1ml handicap for trainer Tom McCourt.
BRILLIANT TREBLE FOR INNISHANNON JOCKEY AIDAN COLEMAN
Innishannon jockey Aidan Coleman had a weekend to remember when he rode five winners in three racing days in England, highlighted by a magnificent treble at Ascot on Saturday. Coleman partnered 16/1 chance Drumshambo in the valuable £50,000 Byrne Group listed class 1 H/cap chase, 12/1 chance Houblon des Obeaux in the £100,000 United Hunt Gold Cup, and 7/4fav Zamdy Man in the in the 2ml novice hurdle, all for his retaining stable of Venetia Williams.
On Friday he was victorious on Orange Nassau at Wetherby for trainer Charlie Longsdon, in the 3ml1f handicap chase, and continued his blistering form at Huntington on Sunday on 10/1 chance Le Reve in the 2ml 4f novice chase for Lucy Wadham.
Meanwhile, at Stratford on the same day Dunmanway jockey Gavin Sheehan won the 2ml6f maiden hurdle with 9/4fav Andy Kelly for Emma Lavelle.