JJ Slevin

County of origin: Wexford

First winner: Chapel Garden (John Clifford) Thurles, December 22nd, 2013

Significant horses: General Principle, Tower Bridge, Band Of Outlaws, Champagne Classic, Moylisha Tim

Assoc. Trainers: Joseph O'Brien, Gordon Elliott, Liz Doyle, Richie Rath, Sean Doyle, Shay Slevin, Paul Stafford 

Did you know:

From Kiltrea, Caim, County Wexford, James Joseph Slevin began his career as an amateur rider and turned professional in August 2016. He rode 34 winners "between the flags" with his first success coming on Herecomestherain, trained by his father Shay, at Ballydarragh on November 14th, 2010. His first winner on the racecourse proper came on the John Clifford-trained Chapel Garden in the Curaheen INH Flat Race at Thurles on December 22nd, 2013.

In all, he rode 11 winners as an amateur, including two for trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies in Britain. His first success as a professional came when he dead-heated on the Sean Doyle-trained Craig Star with Liam Cusack's Lasoscar in the Tote Handicap Hurdle at Roscommon on August 29th, 2016. Just four days later, he enjoyed his first outright success when Doyle's Crosshue Boy landed the Martinstown Opportunity Handicap Hurdle at Kilbeggan.

JJ was still an amateur when enjoying a notable success on the Richie Rath-trained Moylisha Tim in a Grade 3 novice hurdle at Cork in November 2015 but a higher profile success came his way at the Cheltenham Festival in March 2017 when he landed the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle on the Gordon Elliott-trained Champagne Classic. He rode a second Cheltenham Festival winner in 2019 when he won the Fred Winter Handicap Hurdle on the Joseph O'Brien-trained Band Of Outlaws. 

He rode his first Grade 1 winner when taking the Nathaniel Lacy & Partners Solicitors Novice Hurdle on the Joseph O'Brien-trained Tower Bridge on the opening day of the inaugural Dublin Racing Festival at Leopardstown on Saturday, February 3, 2018. It was his first ride in a top-level contest. A bigger winner came in the shape of General Principle, trained by Gordon Elliott, on which Slevin won the BoyleSports Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse on Easter Monday, April 2, 2018. 

JJ holds a degree in journalism from Griffith College, Dublin. 

SeasonRuns1st2nd3rd4thWin MoneyPlace MoneyTotal *
National Hunt 2018/201931324393419€211,250€305,600€516,850
National Hunt 2017/201831932402827€609,688€237,925€847,613
National Hunt 2016/201717620162417€165,063€142,875€307,938

Date From
Date To
Race Type
Venue Date Horse Race Type Distance Place Weight Rating Race Pattern/ Listed Prize Money
Wexford 05/04/19 Sullane Hill MdnHdl 2m 4f 50yds 1 11-4 100 Springtime In Wexford M'dn H'dle (Div 1) €6,875
Wexford 05/04/19 Midnight Surprise MdnHdl 2m 4f 50yds 4 10-11 87 Springtime In Wexford M'dn H'dle (Div 2) €550
Wexford 05/04/19 Casadel Sol NovHdl 3m 9 11-0 89 Welcome To Wexford Rated Novice H'dle
Wexford 05/04/19 Ask Nile HcpHdl 2m 4f 50yds 6 11-12 123 Racing TV €12 Tomorrow Only H'cap H'dle
Wexford 05/04/19 Constable Buckley (GB) HcpHdl 2m fell 11-0 83 Slaney Estuary H'cap H'dle
Wexford 05/04/19 A Girl Like Me BegCh 2m 6 11-7 Vinegar Hill Beginners S'chase
Wexford 05/04/19 You Can't Catch Me HcpCh 2m 4f 8 11-5 121 Boolavogue Novice H'cap S'chase
Limerick 31/03/19 Touch Of Oscar MdnHdl 2m 3 11-12 Follow Limerick On Facebook(C&G) Mdn Hdl €1,300
Limerick 31/03/19 Wetbehindtheears Hdl 2m 6 11-1 Racing Again On April 27th (Mares) H'dle
Clonmel 26/03/19 Deilginis MdnHdl 2m 10 10-11 Goatenbridge M'dn H'dle
Clonmel 26/03/19 Midnight Surprise MdnHdl 2m 2f 119yds 4 11-5 Ardfinnan M'dn H'dle €550
Clonmel 26/03/19 Miss Mcilroy HcpHdl 2m 2f 119yds 3 10-11 80 Vee H'cap H'dle €1,000
Clonmel 26/03/19 Crimson Chief BegCh 2m 62yds 3 11-12 Slievenamon Beginners S'chase €1,200
Downpatrick 24/03/19 Better Back Bob HcpHdl 2m 2f 165yds p.u. 10-11 94 Molson Coors H'cap H'dle
Downpatrick 24/03/19 Maureen's Star HcpCh 2m 3f 55yds 8 10-12 88 Tote Supporting Downpatrick Hcap S'chase
Thurles 23/03/19 You Can't Catch Me BegCh 2m 6f 1 11-12 Devil's Bit Beginners S'chase €7,500
Thurles 23/03/19 Smokey Joe Joe Hdl 2m 7f 59yds 8 11-0 112 White Gypsy @ Finns Borrisoleigh H'dle
Cork 21/03/19 Champagne Harmony HcpHdl 3m p.u. 10-13 119 UCC Don't Step On The Crest H'cap H'dle
Navan 18/03/19 Lily's Gem MdnHdl 2m 3 11-5 Toalsbet App M'dn H'dle €1,350
Navan 18/03/19 Petit Tartare (FR) NovHdl 2m 6f 100yds 3 11-3 128 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Novice H'dle €1,700

*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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