Johnny Murtagh

County Of Origin: Meath 

Date of license: 2013 

First winner: Benbecula (Ben Curtis), Tramore, June 1, 2013 

Significant Horses: True Valour, Mutual Regard, Purr Along, Belle De Crecy, Duchess Andorra, Urban Beat, Stroll Patrol, Royal Diamond, Dalkova, Rich Coast, Hawke. 

Assoc. Jockeys: Niall McCullagh, Denis Linehan, David Mark Simmonson, Shane Kelly, Caroline Murtagh


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Johnny Murtagh was widely considered to be one of the greatest big-race jockeys in the world for the better part of 20 years. He enjoyed considerable success in the saddle across the globe. Initially associated with John Oxx, who was to provide him with superstars such as Ridgewood Pearl, Sinndar and Alamshar to ride, Murtagh was crowned champion apprentice in 1989 and champion jockey on five occasions, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2009 and 2011. 

He left Oxx to ride as a freelance in 2003 and later teamed up with Aidan O'Brien. He rode an array of Group 1 winners for Ballydoyle in 2006 and was confirmed as retained jockey to the Coolmore partners the following year. Together they enjoyed huge success. However, they parted ways at the backend of 2010 and Murtagh was snapped up as retained rider to the Aga Khan in Ireland, effectively making him John Oxx’s stable jockey once again.

In 2012, as having become heavily involved with trainer Tommy Carmody who was operating out of Murtagh’s yard on the Curragh, a disagreement with the Aga Khan led to him losing his job. Murtagh took out his trainer’s license and enjoyed a remarkable season both as a trainer and rider in 2013, riding five Group 1 winners as well as being crowned leading jockey at Royal Ascot.

His first winner as a trainer came at Tramore on June 1st, 2013 when Benbacula scored under Ben Curtis. The same horse won again at Fairyhouse 11 days later and Murtagh was soon established in his new role. Royal Diamond, Belle De Crecy and Rich Coast were early big race winners. Murtagh landed a notable winner in Britain in August of 2014 when Mutual Regard won the Betfred Ebor at York. 

He enjoyed his first treble as a trainer at Leopardstown on Thursday, June 14, 2018 when Parkers Hill (Niall McCullagh), True Valour (Chris Hayes) and Circling Moon (Conor Hoban) all won. 

SeasonRuns1st2nd3rd4thWin MoneyPlace MoneyTotal *
Winter All Weather 2018/2019111102€6,563€5,063€11,625
Winter All Weather 2017/201830000€0€375€375
Winter All Weather 2016/2017252044€14,375€9,000€23,375
Winter All Weather 2015/2016385435€42,700€19,540€62,240
Winter All Weather 2014/2015171314€10,500€7,530€18,030
Winter All Weather 2013/2014201442€5,600€10,560€16,160
National Hunt 2018/201940001€0€600€600
Flat 20199449910€46,688€48,738€95,425
Flat 201825433273130€369,125€220,815€589,940
Flat 201720823231319€235,938€215,815€451,753
Flat 201621028232023€313,625€175,738€489,363
Flat 20151641417715€192,700€66,000€258,700
Flat 201418115291426€189,620€167,493€357,113
Flat 201313115201213€270,310€145,745€416,055

Date From
Date To
Race Type
Venue Date Horse Jockey Race Type Distance Place Weight Rating Race Pattern/ Listed Prize Money
Gowran-Park 16/06/19 Guessthebill S. Foley Hcp 7f 6 9-12 93 Lengthen The Odds With BetVictor H'cap
Gowran-Park 16/06/19 Winiata S.B. Kelly Hcp 1m 1f 100yds 3 9-1 74 BetVictor Supporting Irish Racing H'cap €1,250
Limerick 15/06/19 Luminent S.B. Kelly Hcp 1m 9 8-12 67 Stagefright Play Live July 13th H'cap
Limerick 15/06/19 Urban Boom S.B. Kelly Mdn 7f 9 9-2 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Med Auction Mdn
Limerick 15/06/19 Power Source C.P. Hoban Mdn 7f 6 9-5 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Med Auction Mdn
Limerick 15/06/19 Lord Rapscallion S.B. Kelly F 6f 150yds 10 9-0 80 Drive Play Live This Evening Rated Race
Limerick 15/06/19 Cruella Dovil S. Foley Hcp 6f 150yds 2 9-10 74 Tiny Giants Play Live June 21st H'cap €2,300
Limerick 15/06/19 Shore Step S. Foley F 6f 150yds 9 9-5 74 Drive Play Live This Evening Rated Race
Cork 14/06/19 Urban Beat S. Foley F 5f 4 9-12 102 Matchbook Straight Midsummer Sprint Stks (Listed) Listed €2,500
Cork 14/06/19 Wilderness (GB) S.B. Kelly Hcp 1m 110yds 1 9-8 56 Gina & The Champions Play July 12 H'cap (Div 2) €6,250
Fairyhouse 14/06/19 Festina Plente (GB) D.E. Sheehy Hcp 7f 6 8-8 75 Sign Up For A Tote Account H'cap
Cork 14/06/19 So Familiar S. Foley Hcp 5f 8 9-1 78 Matchbook Exchange Irish EBF (F) H'cap
Fairyhouse 14/06/19 St Estephe (GB) C.P. Hoban Hcp 1m 4f 18 8-11 60 La Bucca Restaurants H'cap (Div 2)
Cork 14/06/19 Hot Dakota N.G. McCullagh Mdn 5f 6 9-0 Matchbook Irish EBF (Fillies) M'dn
Fairyhouse 14/06/19 Kocasandra C.P. Hoban Mdn 6f 3 9-0 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn €1,500
Fairyhouse 14/06/19 Pearl Warrior (GB) C.P. Hoban Hcp 1m 4f 2 8-10 57 La Bucca Restaurants H'cap (Div 1) €2,100
Leopardstown 13/06/19 Parkers Hill N.G. McCullagh Hcp 1m 9 9-2 79 'Coolio' H'cap
Roscommon 10/06/19 Insane Bolt D.E. Sheehy Hcp 1m 2f 2 9-6 74 Peggy Guerin Memorial H'cap €2,300
Roscommon 10/06/19 Formal Order (GB) S. Foley Mdn 1m 2f 2 9-5 75 Sherry Fitzgerald P.Burke Auct'neers Mdn €2,500
Roscommon 10/06/19 Yolo Aris (GB) D.E. Sheehy Mdn 7f 37yds 6 8-5 Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction M'dn

*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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