Heffernan backed for Jockeys' Title

Mon 25th May 2020, 20:54

Seamie Heffernan with Aidan O'Brien after winning the 2019 Epsom Derby
© Photo Healy Racing

Seamie Heffernan has moved into joint-second favourite for the 2020 Irish Flat Jockeys' Championship with bookmaker Paddy Power following support for the Ballydoyle-based rider.

Colin Keane remains the odd-on favourite at 4/6 to regain the title he won in dramatic fashion on the final day of the season in 2017 following the retirement of reigning champion Donnacha O'Brien but Heffernan's odds have shortened from 10/1 to 5/1.

Paddy Power spokesman Paul Binfield said: “The Ballydoyle riding arrangements for the season could be affected by the travel restrictions and it’s quite possible that Ryan Moore won’t be seen in Ireland this year. If Seamie were to get the full stable support for the Irish runners then he would be a massive threat to Colin Keane.”

The latest prices for the interrupted Championship are: 4-6 Colin Keane, 5 Seamie Heffernan, Shane Foley, 6 Declan McDonogh, 9 Chris Hayes, 16 Wayne Lordan, Ryan Moore, 25 Billy Lee, 50 Shane Crosse, Oisin Orr, Ronan Whelan,100 Gary Carroll, Kevin Manning

Under current Covid19 regulations any rider arriving into Ireland will be required to quarantine for a period of 14 days.

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