Date of birth: July 17, 1972
County of origin: Kildare
First winner: Annsfield Lady (PJ Finn) Dundalk, 10th August, 1988
Significant horses (Selected): Anthony Van Dyck, Capri, Highland Reel, Was, Beckett, Imagine, Soldier Of Fortune, Frozen Fire, So You Think, Cape Blanco, Septimus, Halfway To Heaven, Misty For Me, Dylan Thomas, Seventh Heaven, Galileo, Brave Anna, Crusade, U S Navy Flag, Again, Minding, Beckett, Power, Pedro The Great, Caravaggio, Diamondsandrubies.
Assoc. Trainers: Aidan O'Brien
Did you know?
From Donore, Caragh, County Kildare, Seamus Heffernan is one of the most successful Irish jockeys of all time. His first introduction to horse racing came at the stables of Arthur Moore but he served his apprenticeship with Jim Bolger. He shared the title of Champion Apprentice with Daragh O'Donoghue in 1994 and finished runner-up to Pat Smullen in the same championship the following season.
He first linked up with the Aidan O'Brien stable in 1996 and has ridden an array of big-race winners for Ballydoyle. Seamus won the Epsom Derby on Anthony Van Dyck in June 2019 and the Epsom Oaks on Was in 2012. He scored his first win at the Breeders' Cup when taking the Longines Breeders' Cup Turf on the O'Brien-trained Highland Reel at Santa Anita in 2016.
Seamus has enjoyed big-race success closer to home with the likes of Capri (2017), Frozen Fire (2008), Soldier Of Fortune (2007) in the Irish Derby and Imagine (2001), Halfway To Heaven (2008) and Misty For Me (2011) are his Irish 1,000 Guineas winners. He landed the Irish Oaks on Seventh Heaven in 2016 and the Irish St Leger on Septimus in 2008.
Cape Blanco in 2010 and So You think (2011) both brought him Irish Champion Stakes success.