Colin Keane savouring Sussex likelihood on Siskin

Colin Keane is counting down the times till he’s reunited with Siskin in a mouthwatering renewal of the Qatar Sussex Stakes.

The Ger Lyons-trained colt received 4 occasions as a juvenile final season, along with his top-level triumph in August’s Phoenix Stakes proving to be his last look after he reared up within the stalls and was withdrawn previous to the Center Park at Newmarket.

With the coronavirus pandemic delaying his return, Siskin went straight into final month’s Irish 2,000 Guineas and stretched his unbeaten document to 5 with a dominant show – offering each his coach and jockey with a primary style of Basic success.

Keane mentioned: “It was sensible to win the Irish Guineas. Earlier within the yr there was a little bit of a query mark for me about whether or not he’d keep the mile, however the extra time he obtained and the nearer we obtained to the race, the extra assured we obtained.

“His work simply obtained higher and higher, so we have been fairly assured going into the race and it labored out nice on the day.

“We all know he undoubtedly stays a mile now and it is most likely not out of the query he may keep additional if we wished him to. He’d give himself each likelihood as he settles very properly and is a really relaxed horse to journey.”

Keane is properly conscious of the duty going through Siskin at Goodwood, with Andrew Balding’s English Guineas hero Kameko, Marcus Tregoning’s runaway Summer time Mile victor Mohaather and Aidan O’Brien’s a number of Group One winner Circus Maximus set to be in opposition.

“We’re very a lot trying ahead to it. He obtained his little break after the Guineas and he is been again coaching properly since then. He is in nice nick and appears sensible – we could not be happier with him actually,” mentioned the jockey.

“I used to be trying on the entries the opposite evening. We’ll should see what Aidan decides to run, however the two English horses (Kameko and Mohaather) look excellent. No matter turns up, it will be an excellent race I anticipate.”

Keane’s choice to journey Siskin will come at a value, with the present measures in place in Eire to fight the outbreak of Covid-19 that means he might want to spend two weeks in quarantine on his return dwelling.

The main rider admits lacking a fortnight of motion may put an finish to his hopes of regaining the champion jockey title he received in 2017, however he feels the chance to keep up his partnership with Siskin is simply too good to move up.

Keane mentioned: “It isn’t perfect, however I won’t get to journey the likes of Siskin for one more whereas. He is undoubtedly the perfect horse I’ve ridden and it will be value it, I hope.

“Shane Foley is round 10 winners in entrance within the jockeys’ title race for the time being and there is nothing between Wayne Lordan and myself in second and third.

“I will not actually take into consideration that after the 2 weeks is up. I am going to simply attempt to take pleasure in the remainder of the yr and no matter occurs, occurs.”

Keane is also in motion at Goodwood on Thursday to accomplice the Jessica Harrington-trained One Voice within the Qatar Nassau Stakes, which just like the Sussex Stakes is a part of the 2020 Qipco British Champions Collection.

He added: “I am coming over on Wednesday morning and I would keep for Thursday. If Mrs Harrington’s filly runs I believe I will journey her, so I will be dwelling Thursday night, all being properly.”

Regardless of the end result on the Sussex Downs this week, it has already been a memorable marketing campaign for Keane and Lyons, having final week doubled their Basic tally with Even So within the Irish Oaks.

“The yr goes brilliantly. Even So profitable the Irish Oaks was a little bit of a shock, however it was sensible,” mentioned Keane.

“Going there we have been extra hopeful of getting some black sort than something, so to go and win was wonderful.

“The horses are in nice nick and if they don’t seem to be profitable they’re being positioned. In the event that they preserve doing that they will all get their flip.”

Whereas the Irish quarantine guidelines might hinder Keane’s title problem, they’ve additionally labored in his favour in current weeks as he has steered a few severely good British sprinters to success on Irish soil.

Tim Easterby’s Artwork Energy impressed Keane in touchdown the Group Three Lacken Stakes at Naas in the beginning of the month, whereas the Simon and Ed Crisford-trained A’Ali additionally sparkled in Keane’s palms in final week’s Sapphire Stakes on the Curragh.

The pair look set to do battle in a Coolmore Nunthorpe at York subsequent month that can also be more likely to function the sensible Battaash.

Keane mentioned: “I would say the 2 of them are going to be very good sprinters this yr and subsequent yr even. It was very good to get on them.

“It is arduous to check the 2. Artwork Energy was most likely extra spectacular to take a look at, however I believed A’Ali was excellent in addition to they went very fast and he had an uphill battle from midway – he did properly to win, I believed.

“They’ve two totally different kinds of racing, however the two of them are excellent horses. I would not like to decide on, to be sincere.”