Shane Kelly was champion apprentice in Ireland in 1998, beating top-class jockey and future flatmate Jamie Spencer in the process.
After suffering a broken ankle in 1999, Kelly decided to cross the Irish Sea in 2000, linking up with Newmarket handlers Barney Curley, Luca Cumani and Jeremy Noseda, for whom he won the Winter Derby in 2002 on Adiemus.
He was given a 12-month ban by the BHA in 2007 for passing on information, but bounced back the following year to ride the talented but quirky stayer Geordieland to success in the Yorkshire Cup.
More recently, Kelly has struck up a good partnership with Caspar Netscher, who he partnered to victory in the German 2000 Guineas, and Sirius Prospect, who flew home to take third in the QIPCO British Champions Sprint Stakes on QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot.
In 2013 he won his first QIPCO British Champions Series race on board Kingsgate Native in the opening Sprint race, the Betfred Temple Stakes at Haydock Park.