Derek O'Connor

County of origin: Galway 

Assoc. Trainers: Joseph O'Brien, Eugene O’Sullivan, Robert Tyner, Gordon Elliott, Charles Byrnes, Pat Doyle, Colin McKeever, Paurick O'Connor.  

Significant horses (selected): Edwulf, Any Second Now, Zemsky, Minella Rocco, Chicago Grey, Joe Blake, Gonebeyondrecall, Coolnahilla, Reine Des Reines, Death Duty, Vision Des Flos, Rapid Deployment, Balnaslow, Top Twig, Tyrone Golden Rain, Media Queen. 

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From Tubber, County Galway, Derek O’Connor has long been recognised as one of the best amateur jockeys Ireland has ever produced. As well as being a potent force when riding under rules, being crowned Champion Amateur in the 2003/04 season and riding a notable double at the Cheltenham Festival in 2011, Derek has rewritten the record books in point-to-points on numerous occasions and has won more races than any other rider in that sphere.

He became the first rider to notch up his 1,000 point-to-point winners when successful on the Pat Doyle-trained Death Duty in February of 2015. Derek has three Cheltenham Festival winners to his name. He won the National Hunt Chase for a second time when partnering Jonjo O’Neill’s Minella Rocco to success in 2016 but memorably rode two winners at the 2011 festival, taking the National Hunt Chase on Chicago Grey and the Foxhunters’ Chase on Zemsky. Derek brought his Cheltenham Festival tally to four when winning the 2019 Kim Muir Handicap Chase on the Ted Walsh-trained Any Second Now. 

Aside from his victories at the Cheltenham Festival, Derek is no stranger to notable success at the biggest Irish racecourses. His biggest winner came at Leopardstown in February, 2018 where he won the Unibet Irish Gold Cup on the Joseph O'Brien-trained Edwulf for which he won the inaugural Horse Racing Ireland 'Ride of the Year' Award. Derek O'Connor rode his 1200th point-to-point winner on Nelly's Money for Robert Tyner at Dromahane on December 30, 2018. 

SeasonRuns1st2nd3rd4thWin MoneyPlace MoneyTotal *
National Hunt 2019/202072111€13,125€4,163€17,288
National Hunt 2018/201910719151411€207,031€100,163€307,194
National Hunt 2017/2018931010169€179,375€74,638€254,013
National Hunt 2016/2017453468€89,375€27,338€116,713
National Hunt 2015/2016366436€49,263€13,370€62,633
National Hunt 2014/2015676796€36,400€36,305€72,705
National Hunt 2013/20144951055€32,550€24,235€56,785
National Hunt 2012/2013765948€34,650€35,520€70,170
National Hunt 2011/2012438314€58,350€9,155€67,505
National Hunt 2010/2011432321€12,250€15,355€27,605
National Hunt 2009/201065410104€22,050€37,368€59,418
National Hunt 2008/2009716524€55,150€12,040€67,190
National Hunt 2007/20087761068€56,700€39,885€96,585
National Hunt 2006/2007546844€89,850€55,075€144,925
National Hunt 2005/20069814868€127,200€44,510€171,710
National Hunt 2004/200597111289€76,650€37,495€114,145
National Hunt 2003/200414131171611€277,900€82,160€360,060
National Hunt 2002/2003696936€100,300€26,125€126,425
National Hunt 2001/2002150202€0€6,127€6,127
National Hunt 2000/2001180010€0€863€863

Date From
Date To
Race Type
Venue Date Horse Race Type Distance Place Weight Rating Race Pattern/ Listed Prize Money
Clonmel 16/05/19 Could Be Trouble NHF 2m 110yds 3 11-1 Friday June 7th BBQ (M) INH Flat Race €1,000
Punchestown 15/05/19 Dlauro (FR) NHF 2m 100yds 1 12-0 Punchestown On Istagram INH Flat Race €6,250
Killarney 13/05/19 On The Fringe Ch 2m 6f 180yds 2 11-11 Dan Linehan's Bar And B & B Hunters S'ch €2,100
Killarney 12/05/19 Don Patricio NHF 2m 1f 5 11-7 Jim Ryan Services (Pro-Am) INH Flat Race €263
Cork 11/05/19 Lost Oscar NHF 2m 1 11-1 Ir.Stallion Farms EBF (M) INH Flat Race €6,875
Tipperary 09/05/19 Fox Creek NHF 2m 2f 4 11-9 (Mares) Pt-To-Pt INH Flat Race €538
Tipperary 09/05/19 Trumps Ace Ch 2m 7f 70yds 5 11-2 Glenview & Rathbarry Stud Nov.Hunter Sch €263
Punchestown 04/05/19 Fakir D'oudairies (FR) Hdl 2m 2 11-0 149 AES Champion 4YO H'dle (Grade 1) Grade 1 €20,000
Punchestown 04/05/19 Extreme Cacao (FR) NHF 2m 14 12-0 K Club (Pro-Am) INH Flat Race
Punchestown 03/05/19 Longhouse Poet NHF 2m 2f 1 12-0 GVA Donal O'Buachalla INH Flat Race €9,375
Punchestown 03/05/19 City Island NovHdl 2m 4f 6 11-10 152 Alanna Homes Champion Novice Hdle (Grade 1) Grade 1 €2,000
Punchestown 03/05/19 Gardens Of Babylon NovHdl 2m 1 11-4 141 SalesSense International Novice H'dle €15,625
Punchestown 03/05/19 Stand Up And Fight Ch 3m 120yds p.u. 12-0 Star Best Racing Champion Hunters Schase
Punchestown 01/05/19 House Island NHF 2m 70yds 9 12-0 Racing Post App Champion INH Flat Race (Grade 1) Grade 1
Punchestown 01/05/19 Gypsy Island NHF 2m 70yds 1 11-9 Weatherbys GSB EBF (Mares) INH Flat Race (Grade 3) Grade 3 €30,000
Punchestown 30/04/19 Front View (FR) NHF 2m 100yds 1 11-7 Sanctuary Synthetics INH Flat Race €9,375
Punchestown 30/04/19 Fiston De Becon (FR) NHF 2m 100yds 14 11-4 Goffs Land Rover Bumper
Punchestown 30/04/19 Youcannotbeserious Ch 3m 1f 2 11-7 KHC Fr Sean Breen Mem. S'ch (Ladies Cup) €3,000
Kilbeggan 26/04/19 Track Mac NHF 2m 8 12-0 BetVictor Casino INH Flat Race
Fairyhouse 23/04/19 Drury NHF 2m 4f 5 11-9 Ir. Stallion Farms EBF (M) INH Flat Race €275

*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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