Kevin Manning Profile

GOODWOOD, ENGLAND - JULY 30: Kevin Manning and Alexander Goldrun land The Vodafone Nassau Stakes Race run at Goodwood Racecourse on July 30, 2005 in Goodwood, England. (Photo by Julian Herbert/Getty Images)
Irish Kevin Manning is one of the most experienced jockeys in flat racing. He works for trainer Jim Bolger’s stable, and is married to Jim Bolger’s daughter.

In 1987, Kevin Manning’s career as a jockey started to take off, with 33 wins and the title of Champion Apprentice to add to his cap. Of these 33 wins, seven – including the listed Ballycorus Stakes at Leopardstown – came aboard Bolger-trained Noora Abu.

In 1993, Kevin Manning replaced Christy Roche as first jockey in the Bolger stable. Since then, Manning has featured among the top four British jockeys almost every season.

In the early 2000s, notable wins for Manning included the 2002 Darley Irish Oaks classic race at Curragh on 33/1 shot Margarula and, riding Tropical Lady, the Brownstown Stakes at Leopardstown and the Kilboy Estate Stakes at Curragh in 2004, and the Meld Stakes at Leopardstown and the Royal Whip Stakes at the Curragh in 2005, again on Tropical Lady.

Riding legendary Alexander Goldrun, Kevin Manning won ten races, five of which were at Group One level. Included were two consecutive victories in the Audi Pretty Polly Stakes at Curragh, the 2004 Prix de l’Opera and Hong Kong Cup at Sha Tin racecourse, and the 2005 Nassau Stakes at Goodwood.

In 2006, Kevin Manning started riding the brilliant Teofilo and now famous Finsceal Beo. Teofilo ended 2006 as the European Champion Two-Year-Old Colt, after winning Group One victories in the National Stakes at the Curragh and the Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket. Likewise, Finsceal Beo ended the 2006 season as Champion Two-Year-Old Filly, with wins in the Prix Marcel Boussac at Longchamp and the Rockfel Stakes at Newmarket.

In 2007, Kevin Manning’s winning streak has continued. Among many notable wins, he rode Finsceal Beo to a record-breaking victory in the 1000 Guineas, winning the race in the fastest recorded time.