Christy Roche

County of origin: Tipperary

Assoc. Trainers (as a jockey): PJ Prendergast, Vincent O'Brien, David O'Brien, Jim Bolger, Aidan O'Brien

Significant horses (as a jockey)(selected): Secreto, Assert, St Jovite, Jet Ski Lady, King Of Kings, Desert King, Ballymore, Nikoli, Tryptych, Sarah Siddons, More So, Ridgewood Pearl, Mistigri. 

Final winner (as a jockey): Second Empire (Aidan O'Brien) Curragh, August 15th, 1998

First winner (as a trainer): Ask The Butler (Conor O'Dwyer) Fairyhouse December 1st, 1996

Significant horses (as a trainer)(selected): Far From Trouble, Like-A-Butterfly, Grimes, Lethal Weapon, Youlneverwalkalone, Le Coudray, Groody Hill, Desert Fantasy, Bannow Bay, Calladine, Risk Accessor, Adarma, Sword Fish, Streets Of Gold, Park Ranger, Falcon Crest

Assoc. jockeys: Barry Geraghty, Mark Walsh, Jody McGarvey

Did you know:  

A seven-time champion and one of Ireland’s greatest Flat jockeys, Christy Roche enjoyed a near 30-year career in the saddle winning races like the Budweiser Irish Derby on three occasions (Assert 1982 (David O'Brien), St Jovite 1992 (Jim Bolger), Desert King 1997 (Aidan O'Brien)) while he also partnered the David O’Brien-trained Secreto to a memorable short head success over El Gran Senor in the 1984 Epsom Derby. a second English Classic came his way when 50/1 outsider Jet Ski Lady, trained by Jim Bolger, landed the Epsom Oaks in 1991. He won the Irish 2,000 Guineas on four occasions and was a three-time winner of the Irish 1,000 Guineas. Irish St Leger success came his way on two occasions. He also partnered the David O'Brien-trained Assert to win the French Derby in 1982. Roche retired from the saddle in August 1998 having taken out a licence to train a couple of years earlier and his first winner as a licensed trainer came with Ask The Butler at Fairyhouse in December, 1996.

He enjoyed considerable success as a trainer, primarily for his main patron, JP McManus. In the early days of his training career, Roche did particularly well with Grimes, a horse that won nine races for the stable including the Galway Plate in 2001. Roche enjoyed his first success at the Cheltenham Festival when saddling Khayrawani to land the 1999 Coral Cup in the hands of Fran Berry.  

Youlneverwalkalone went on to be a great servant to the stable in landing 10 races in total including the Grade 1 Hatton’s Grace Hurdle in 2000 where he defeated Moscow Flyer. The same horse gained a Cheltenham Festival victory when taking the 2003 William Hill Handicap Chase under Barry Geraghty having taken the Leopardstown Chase two months earlier.

Like-A-Butterfly was arguably the best horse he trained. Successful in the 2002 Supreme Novices Hurdle at Cheltenham, the following year she defeated the brilliant Limestone Lad in a wonderfully exciting race for the AIG Europe Champion Hurdle and would later win at the highest level over fences in the Powers Gold Cup at Fairyhouse. Bannow Bay was a nine-time winner for the stable as was Calledine while Risk Accessor won eight races. Wouldn’t You Agree was a six-time winner for Roche while Le Coudray was successful on five occasions, including two Grade 1 races. Roche won a Troytown Chase with Groody Hill in 2011 and the Cork Grand National with Streets Of Gold in 2010 and with Sword Fish three years later. Roche's most valuable success as a trainer came in 2006 when he won the William Hill Galway Plate with the Roger Loughran-ridden Far From Trouble. He own the same race with Grimes in 2001. 


William Hill Galway Plate (Grade A) (Far From Trouble - R. Loughran - 2006)

AIG Europe Champion H'dle (Grade 1) (Like-A-Butterfly - Charles Francis Swan - 2003)

Shell Champion H'dle (Grade 1) (Grimes (GB) - Charles Francis Swan - 2000)

Compaq Galway Plate (S'chase H'cap) (Grade B) (Grimes (GB) - C. O'Dwyer - 2001)

Durkan New Homes Juvenile H'dle (Grade 1) (Lethal Weapon - A.P. Crowe - 2008)

Pierse Leopardstown H'cap S'chase (Grade B) (Youlneverwalkalone - B.J. Geraghty - 2003)

Denny Gold Medal Novice S'chase (Grade 1) (Le Coudray (FR) - B.J. Geraghty - 2002)

Powers Gold Cup (Grade 1) (Like-A-Butterfly - A.P. McCoy - 2005) Troytown H'cap S'chase (Grade B) (Groody Hill - A.P. Crowe - 2011)

Galway Radisson SAS Hotel H'cap (Desert Fantasy - T.P. Queally - 2003)

Ballymore Properties Champ.Stayers H'dle (Grade 1) (Bannow Bay - Charles Francis Swan - 2001)

Pierse Group Drinmore Novice S'chase (Le Coudray (FR) - B.J. Geraghty - 2002)

Boyle Bookmakers Royal Bond Novice H'dle (Grade 1) (Like-A-Butterfly - Charles Francis Swan - 2001)

Tote Exacta Leopardstown November (Calladine - Timothy Mark Houlihan - 2001)

BETDAQ H'dle (Risk Accessor - A.P. Crowe - 2003)

Deloitte and Touche Novice H'dle (Grade 2) (Like-A-Butterfly - Charles Francis Swan - 2002)

Ballymore Properties Hatton's Grace Hdle (Grade 1) (Youlneverwalkalone - C. O'Dwyer - 2000) Cork Grand Nat.H'cap S'ch (Grade B) (Streets Of Gold - A.P. Crowe - 2010)

Ballygallon Stud Belgrave Stakes (Listed) (Desert Fantasy - T.P. Queally - 2003)

BETDAQ H'dle (Grimes (GB) - Charles Francis Swan - 2001)

SeasonRuns1st2nd3rd4thWin MoneyPlace MoneyTotal *
Winter All Weather 2016/201710000€0€0€0
National Hunt 2017/2018524278€28,438€22,125€50,563
National Hunt 2016/2017583546€18,125€19,725€37,850
National Hunt 2015/20167774612€71,700€33,323€105,023
National Hunt 2014/201510512876€110,050€55,745€165,795
National Hunt 2013/201416316141418€145,825€50,193€196,018
National Hunt 2012/20131498111218€57,400€43,210€100,610
National Hunt 2011/201218325212015€250,610€97,682€348,292
National Hunt 2010/2011148141498€161,440€47,978€209,418
National Hunt 2009/201015610181012€86,800€67,475€154,275
National Hunt 2008/200912013997€184,060€45,245€229,305
National Hunt 2007/20081392216155€226,490€120,128€346,618
National Hunt 2006/200718720182318€265,150€75,995€341,145
National Hunt 2005/200621023211720€216,140€149,770€365,910
National Hunt 2004/200517128251312€351,030€191,050€542,080
National Hunt 2003/200423937273622€401,140€243,830€644,970
National Hunt 2002/200328143223615€664,270€139,490€803,760
National Hunt 2001/200226137263223€616,599€246,352€862,951
National Hunt 2000/200118937232611€524,917€174,792€699,709
Flat 2017222022€18,750€4,700€23,450
Flat 2016172002€14,063€1,500€15,563
Flat 2015203233€18,900€7,765€26,665
Flat 2014171322€6,300€6,980€13,280
Flat 2013251223€7,700€7,375€15,075
Flat 2012212225€14,000€8,470€22,470
Flat 2011263104€37,075€4,050€41,125
Flat 2010272101€14,875€2,160€17,035
Flat 2009271131€7,700€4,335€12,035
Flat 200810000€0€0€0
Flat 200791110€18,150€3,950€22,100
Flat 2006110000€0€0€0
Flat 200571100€11,200€2,635€13,835
Flat 2004122110€14,000€19,000€33,000
Flat 200363010€101,700€1,040€102,740
Flat 2002140001€0€450€450
Flat 2001226320€111,064€21,878€132,942
Flat 2000131110€12,570€2,851€15,421
Flat 1999354137€24,220€8,290€32,510
Flat 1998351643€4,888€10,101€14,989

Date From
Date To
Race Type
Venue Date Horse Jockey Race Type Distance Place Weight Rating Race Prize Money
Clonmel 16/11/17 Waaheb (USA) B. Browne HcpHdl 3m 9 10-10 123 Clonmel Oil Service Station H'cap H'dle
Clonmel 16/11/17 Finding Touch C.D. Meehan HcpHdl 2m 3f 121yds 3 11-1 101 Clonmel Oil Race Day H'cap H'dle €1,200
Fairyhouse 15/11/17 Thecraicisninety (GB) L.P. Dempsey MdnHdl 2m 8 11-4 Christmas Parties At Fairyhouse Mdn Hdle
Thurles 09/11/17 She's Made It L.P. Dempsey MdnHdl 2m 23yds 8 10-13 Templemore (Mares) M'dn H'dle
Thurles 09/11/17 Open To The World B.J. Foley HcpHdl 2m 4f 9 10-8 107 Ballagh (Mares) H'cap H'dle
Thurles 09/11/17 Neddyvaughan B.J. Foley HcpHdl 2m 23yds 7 10-13 100 Two-Mile Borris H'cap H'dle
Fairyhouse 07/11/17 Demi Plie C. Brassil HcpHdl 2m fell 11-2 92 Your Fundraiser At Fairyhouse Hcap Hdle
Naas 05/11/17 Bay Hill N.G. McCullagh Hcp 1m 2f 10 8-4 66 Kildare Post H'cap
Down-Royal 04/11/17 Out Of The Loop (GB) M.A. Enright HcpHdl 2m 5 10-2 118 Billecart-Salmon H'cap H'dle (Grade B) €1,500
Down-Royal 04/11/17 Waaheb (USA) M.P. Walsh HcpHdl 2m 10 10-12 125 Billecart-Salmon H'cap H'dle (Grade B)
Dundalk 27/10/17 Way Back Home G.F. Carroll Mdn 1m 4 9-5 73 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Med. Auct. M'dn €800
Dundalk 27/10/17 Bay Hill L.F. Roche Hcp 1m 2f 150yds 13 9-7 68 H'cap (Div 2)
Dundalk 20/10/17 Bay Hill L.F. Roche Hcp 1m 4f 9 8-7 70 Crowne Plaza Race & Stay H'cap
Punchestown 19/10/17 Thecraicisninety (GB) M.P. Walsh MdnHdl 2m 5 11-12 Buy Your 2018 Annual Badge M'dn H'dle €325
Punchestown 19/10/17 Waaheb (USA) B.J. Geraghty HcpHdl 2m 4f 6 11-2 125 Punchestown November Festival Hcp Hdl
Punchestown 18/10/17 Demi Plie R. Loughran MdnHdl 2m 4f 16 11-0 Bet 5 Get 20 In Bets M'dn H'dle
Punchestown 18/10/17 Finding Touch D.J. McInerney HcpHdl 2m 4f 4 11-4 101 Blogs By Tom Scudamore Hcap Hdl €575
Downpatrick 13/10/17 Out Of The Loop (GB) M.P. Walsh MdnHdl 2m 2f 165yds 1 11-8 Can You Believe It's October M'dn H'dle €6,875
Thurles 12/10/17 Neddyvaughan M.P. Walsh HcpCh 2m 2f 5 11-7 104 Thurles H'cap S'chase €300
Gowran-Park 11/10/17 Bay Hill G.F. Carroll Hcp 1m 6f 18 9-5 71 Gowran Park Golf Memberships 2018 H'cap

*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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