Offaly's Smullen misses out as Keane claims champion jockeys title

It was a season-long battle

Pat Smullen and Colin Keane - Photo Credit: Horse Racing Ireland and

Pat Smullen and Colin Keane - Photo Credit: Horse Racing Ireland and

Offaly's Pat Smullen has missed out on the chance of being crowned the Irish Champion Flat Jockey was the fourth year running to young Cork hotshot, Colin Keane.

Colin Keane finished the season with 100 winners, 12 more than Smullen's 88, securing the 23-year-old first champion jockeys title.

He had been the champion apprentice in 2014, and having finished as the runner-up to the Rhode man in the two intervening seasons, he now gets to sit atop of the standings in his own right.

He pulled away from Smullen late in the season, as their had been a little as seven winners between the pair last week.

In a classy move, Pat Smullen was one of the first to congratulate Keane as he took to Twitter in the wake of the flat season on Sunday:

Smullen has been champion jockey in Ireland nine times and will be back as a formidable contender again next season. 

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