Colin Keane warmed up for a big weekend of action with a treble at Navan on Thursday.
The rider will be in action on Irish Champions Weekend, with eight rides booked for the first day at Leopardstown, highlighted by French raider Sottsass in the Irish Champion Stakes.
Keane first struck gold aboard Ecclesiastical in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden before triumphing aboard the Ger Lyons-trained Ebony Maw in the Metges Lane Maiden.
He rounded out his hat-trick with Rockview Empress in the first division of the Abbey Road Handicap and is eagerly awaiting his first outing in the Irish Champion Stakes aboard Jean-Claude Rouget’s charge.
He said: “It is (my first ride in the race). It’s great to be riding in these Group Ones on this big weekend and to get on such a good horse coming over from France is brilliant.
“(The prep) is no different – you just have your homework done, know what you’re going to do and try not to complicate it too much.”