The Lisgoold rider was crowned champion jockey, for the third time, surpassing the century mark for the second consecutive season. He was also leading rider at the 2020 Cheltenham Festival, following a countback, and he booted home five winners at grade one level, across the meeting; among them a second consecutive triumph in the Gold Cup, courtesy of Al Boum Photo.
She announced her return by bagging the biggest win of her fledgling career, in the Connacht Hotel Amateur Riders’ Handicap.
Recorded his best season in terms of prize money, with the trainer’s eight winners for the campaign accumulating over €215,000. The Carrigtwohill handler won with his final runner of the season, when new recruit, Ask Heather, in a handicap chase at Clonmel.
Other Donnelly-owned charges, horses such as Melon and The Big Getaway, ran big races in defeat, at the Cotswolds.
The Innishannon man operated at a 20% strike rate, and he was also among the winners at the Festival, delivering Put The Kettle On to success, in the Arkle Chase. Sixth in the jockeys’ table in Britain, Coleman booted home 82 winners across 2019-20.
The 10-time grade one-winner, Un De Sceaux, was retired this season, but he signed out on a positive note, and in one piece. Owned by the O’Connell Family in Glanmire, their 12-year-old star finished a gutsy second in a brace of grade one contests, behind Defi Du Seuil, this season, before connections called time on his glittering 34-race career.