Padraig Beggy

County of origin: Meath

First winner: Red Venus (Seamus Fahey) Naas, July 23, 2003

Significant horses: Sovereign, Wings Of Eagles, Hydrangea, Sugarhoneybaby, Sharisse, Knock Stars, Green Lassy, Vivacious Vivienne, Drunken Sailor

Assoc. Trainer: Aidan O'Brien, Joseph O'Brien

Did you know:

From Dunboyne, County Meath, Padraig Beggy first sat on a horse when he was 14 whilst working for local trainer Owen Weldon. He graduated from RACE in 2003 and rode his first winner in July of that year on the Seamus Fahey-trained Red Venus in an apprentice handicap at Naas. He continued his apprenticeship with Kevin Prendergast, enjoying notable success in big handicaps early in his career on the likes of the Prendergast-trained Ulfah, Noel Meade's Sugarhoneybaby and Green Lassy for Ger Lyons. He later rode in Britain and also spent time in Australia where he rode 30 winners.

Based with Aidan O'Brien since January 2015, Padraig is a key member of the backroom team in Ballydoyle. He rode his first Group race winner on O'Brien's Hydrangea in the Group 3 1,000 Guineas Trial at Leopardstown in early April, 2017 and finished third on the same filly in the Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas at The Curragh the following month.

Better was to come in early June of the same year when, on his first ride in the race, he won the Investec Derby at Epsom on 40/1 chance Wings Of Eagles, a sixth win in the race for Aidan O'Brien. 

Padraig gained further Derby success when he landed the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh in June 2019 on the Aidan O'Brien-trained Sovereign. A 33/1 chance, Beggy made all the running on Sovereign for a six-length success over Epsom Derby winner Anthony Van Dyck, his stable companion and the 5/4 favourite. 

SeasonRuns1st2nd3rd4thWin MoneyPlace MoneyTotal *
Winter All Weather 2017/2018243012€20,000€3,925€23,925
Winter All Weather 2016/201790110€0€4,488€4,488
Winter All Weather 2015/2016452333€11,900€18,110€30,010
Flat 2019161110€870,000€6,075€876,075
Flat 2018222311€21,875€324,613€346,488
Flat 2017484263€93,675€52,463€146,138
Flat 2016370321€0€104,725€104,725
Flat 201530000€0€0€0
Flat 20111087657€48,550€29,943€78,493
Flat 201026422121620€290,508€51,233€341,740
Flat 200919915141310€142,580€75,107€217,687
Flat 200826117191217€183,510€158,915€342,425
Flat 2007260814128€73,840€78,103€151,943
Flat 20062456111518€65,450€57,565€123,015
Flat 20052121411810€163,920€58,575€222,495
Flat 200427121221317€373,490€140,885€514,375
Flat 2003574654€33,500€31,300€64,800

Date From
Date To
Race Type
Venue Date Horse Race Type Distance Place Weight Rating Race Pattern/ Listed Prize Money
Fairyhouse 14/07/19 Rubys Jazz Mdn 7f 14 9-13 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn
Navan 13/07/19 Emma's Girl Mdn 5f 164yds 13 9-0 Lynn Lodge Stud M'dn
Bellewstown 05/07/19 Important Message (GB) Hcp 1m 4f 15yds 10 9-4 55 Scotch Hall Ladies Day H'cap
Bellewstown 04/07/19 Four Leaf Clover Mdn 1m 6f 8 9-0 Conachy's Dunleer Seat M'dn
Bellewstown 04/07/19 Tahan Hcp 1m 6f 15 9-0 38 Hennessy & Perozzi H'cap
Bellewstown 03/07/19 Rubys Jazz Mdn 7f 187yds 12 9-13 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Med. Auct. M'dn
Curragh 29/06/19 Sovereign F 1m 4f 1 9-0 105 Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby (Group 1) Group 1 €870,000
Limerick 21/06/19 Four Leaf Clover Mdn 1m 3f 70yds 12 9-0 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) M'dn
Leopardstown 20/06/19 Tracing Mdn 7f 30yds 6 9-0 65 Get Your Free Trial At M'dn
Limerick 15/06/19 Great Grey Hcp 1m 2 8-13 79 Handipak Play Live July 25th H'cap €4,000
Curragh 25/05/19 Globe Theatre (USA) F 1m 13 9-0 81 Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas (Group 1) Group 1
Naas 11/05/19 Eminence F 1m 2f 3 9-5 90 Naas Racecourse Rated Race €1,700
Gowran Park 05/05/19 Fairy Fort (USA) Mdn 1m 7 9-5 BetVictor Bet €5 Get €30 Offer M'dn
Gowran Park 05/05/19 Heaven On Earth Mdn 1m 1f 100yds 5 9-0 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) M'dn €375
Leopardstown 06/04/19 I Remember You F 7f 13 9-0 78 Ballylinch Stud 1,000 Guineas Trial Stks (Group 3) Group 3
Roscommon 20/08/18 Recommendation (GB) Mdn 1m 2f 64yds 7 9-12 Londis Roscommon M'dn
Gowran Park 15/08/18 Hence F 1m 1f 100yds 2 9-0 101 Ir.Stallion Farms EBF Hurry Harriet Stks (Listed) Listed €11,000
Curragh 06/08/18 Wadood Hcp 6f 21 9-13 68 Curragh "Where Champions Are Made" H'cap
Galway 04/08/18 Recommendation (GB) Mdn 1m 73yds 13 9-12 Betway M'dn
Galway 02/08/18 Broadway F 7f 7 9-1 99 Arthur Guinness Irish EBF Corrib(F)Stks (Listed) Listed

*Statistics are up to close of business the previous day. Prize-money is allocated within 1 week of the race date (allow 1 week for Prize-money).

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