Champion National Hunt Jockeys 1947 to 2013

   Year      

Jockey

  1947   

M Molony

1948

M Molony

1949

M Molony

1950

 M Molony 

1951

 M Molony 

1952

P Taaffe

1953

 P Taaffe 

1954

P Taaffe

1955

P Taaffe

1956

 T Taaffe 

1957

 T Taaffe 

1958

H R Beasley

1959

 H R Beasley 

I960 

H R Beasley

1961

  P Taaffe 

1962

 F Shortt & P Taaffe 

1963

 R Coonan; A Redmond: F Shortt & P Taaffe 

1964

P Taaffe

1965

 B Hannon 

1966

 P Taaffe 

1967

R Coonan

1968

 R Coonan 

1969

 R Coonan 

1970

 R Coonan 

1971

 R Coonan 

1972

 R Coonan 

1973

 T Carberry  

1974

 T Carberry 

1975

F Berry & T Carberry

1976

 T Carberry 

1977

 F Berry 

1978

F Berry

1979

 J P Byrne 

1980

 F Berry 

1981

F Berry

1982

 F Berry 

1983

 F Berry 

1984

 F Berry & A Mullins 

1985

 T Carmody 

1986

 F Berry & T Morgan 

1987

 F Berry 

1988

 T Carmody

1989/90

 C F Swan 

1990/91

 C F Swan 

1991/92

C F Swan

1992/93

C F Swan

1993/94

 C F Swan 

1994/95

C F Swan

1995/96

 C F Swan

1996/97

 C F Swan 

1997/98

 C F Swan 

1998/99 

R Walsh

   1999/00

B J Geraghty

2000/01

 R Walsh 

2001/02

 P Carberry 

2002/03

P Carberry

2003/04

 B J Geraghty 

2004/05

 R Walsh 

2005/06

R Walsh

2006/07

 R Walsh 

2007/08

R Walsh

2008/09

 R Walsh 

2009/10

 R Walsh

2010/11

 P Townend  

2011/12

D N Russell

2012/13

D N Russell

   

 

 

  

Pat Taaffe

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Pat Taaffe and Arkle are acknowledged throughout racing as the greatest combination of horse and rider ever to clear a steeplechase fence. The horse's achievements are without parallel and although he was a natural athlete and brilliant jumper, the part played by Taaffe in enabling Arkle's talent to flourish should not be underestimated. After retiring as a jockey he went on to train one of the few horses who could justifiably be compared with Arkle, the 1974 Gold Cup winner Captain Christy.

Bobby Coonan

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Six - Time Irish Champion jump jockey Bobby Coonan had his biggest win in the 1974 King George V1 Chase on Captain Christy. Bobby was associated mainly with the great Paddy Sleator, succeeding Bobby Beasley as first jockey at Grange Con. He rode Sweet Dreams to win the Irish Grand National (1969) as well as three Galway Plates on Royal Day (twice) and O'Leary. Ballywilliam Boy gave his sole victory at the Cheltenham Festival in the Gloucestershire Hurdle (now the Supreme Novices' Hurdle) in 1970. Prominent King was his last big-race success in the Erin Foods Champion Hurdle (now AIG Europe Champion Hurdle) in 1978.
 

Tommy Carberry

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Retired National Hunt Jockey Tommy Carberry was twice overall champion Irish jockey and five times champion national hunt jockey. He rode in his first race in 1958, and was crowned champion apprentice in 1959. In 1975 he rode L'Escargot to victory in the Aintree Grand National when he beat Red Rum who was trying for a third successive victory in the race. When he retired from riding, he started training and with his son Paul Carberry as jockey, he won the 1998 Irish Grand National with BobbyJo.

Charlie Swan

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Charlie Swan 9 Times Champion Jockey Charlie made his name as one of the most talented jump jockeys of his generation, becoming one of the most popular riders of the modern era. He has since hung up his riding boots and is now a successful Trainer in Tipperary.

Ruby Walsh

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Ruby Walsh has been a dominant force on both sides of the Irish Sea for many years now. Despite jetting between Ireland and Britain throughout each season, he has managed to be crowned Champion National Hunt Jockey in Ireland on eight occasions.

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