County Of Origin: Meath
Date of license: 2013
First winner: Benbecula, Tramore, June 1st, 2013
Significant Horses: Mutual Regard, Purr Along, Belle De
Crecy, Stroll Patrol, Royal Diamond, Dalkova, Rich Coast
Assoc. Jockeys: Connor King, Niall McCullagh, 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, Murtagh was crowned Champion Apprentice in 1989 and Champion Jockey in 1995, 1996 and 1998, with Oxx providing him with superstars such as Ridgewood Pearl, Sinndar and Alamshar to ride.
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 unprecedented 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 again.
In 2012, as having become heavily involved with trainer Tommy Carmody who was operating out of Murtagh’s yard, a disagreement with the Aga Khan led to him losing his job with him. 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.
Lanwades Stud Blandford Stakes (Belle De Crecy - J.P. Murtagh - 2013)
evoke.ie Sprint H'cap (Stroll Patrol (GB) - Andrea Atzeni - 2015)
Lanwades Stud Stakes (Purr Along (GB) - J.P. Spencer - 2014)
Gain Irish St Leger Trial Stakes (Royal Diamond - J.P. Murtagh - 2013)
Arthur Guinness EBF Corrib (F) Stakes (Dalkova (GB) - N.G. McCullagh - 2014)
Guinness H'cap (Rich Coast (GB) - J.P. Murtagh - 2013)
Irish Stallion Farms EBF 'Red God' H'cap (Hawke - C.T. Keane - 2016)
corkracecourse.ie Navigation Stakes (Rich Coast (GB) - N.G. McCullagh - 2013)
Challenge Stakes (Royal Diamond - J.P. Murtagh - 2013)
Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) H'cap (Duchess Andorra - N.G. McCullagh - 2015)
Irish Stallion Farms EBF Oaks (F) H'cap (Soul Searcher - R.P. Cleary - 2016)
Dubai Duty Free Tennis Champ. EBF H'cap (Mutual Regard - R. Coakley - 2014)
DoneDeal Apprentice Derby (Jocular (GB) - Murtagh - 2015)
Kilsaran International H'cap (Belle De Crecy - J.P. Murtagh - 2013)
Irish Jockeys Association H'cap (Chilli Spice - N.G. McCullagh - 2016)
Ryan & Co Accountants H'cap (Eddystone Rock - C.R. King - 2016)
Irish Stallion Farms EBF Nursery H'cap (Yulong Xiongba - R. Coakley - 2014)
Irish Stallion Farms EBF Med. Auct. M'dn (Gold Peregrine (GB) - N.G. McCullagh - 2013)
www.trm-ireland.com H'cap (Duca Valentinois - P.J. Smullen - 2015)
Hanlon Concrete H'cap (Duca Valentinois - R. Hughes - 2015)
*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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