Johnny Murtagh

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.

SeasonRuns1st2nd3rd4thWin MoneyPlace MoneyTotal *
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
Flat 2017646855€57,188€44,425€101,613
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 Prize Money
Curragh 28/05/17 Windsor Beach D.P. Linehan Hcp 1m 2 9-2 93 Irish Stallion Farms EBF 'Habitat' H'cap
Tipperary 25/05/17 Wolfofbaggotstreet P.J. Smullen Mdn 5f 2 9-5 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn €3,000
Tipperary 25/05/17 Shore Step D.P. Linehan Hcp 5f 7 9-9 79 Follow Tipperary On Facebook H'cap
Tipperary 25/05/17 Born By The Sea S. Foley Mdn 1m 4f 110yds 7 9-5 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn
Tipperary 25/05/17 Sister Blandina P.J. Smullen Hcp 1m 4f 110yds 3 9-12 84 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) H'cap €2,500
Gowran-Park 23/05/17 Full Court Press C.R. King Hcp 1m 9 9-11 81 Thomastown H'cap
Gowran-Park 23/05/17 Discovery Lad R. Coakley Mdn 7f 5 9-2 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn €375
Naas 21/05/17 Maximus Daia J.A. Heffernan Hcp 1m 7 9-1 77 Follow Us On Facebook H'cap
Navan 20/05/17 Guessthebill P.J. Smullen Mdn 5f 1 9-5 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn €10,313
Navan 20/05/17 Les Arceaux R. Coakley Hcp 1m 2f 4 8-10 49 H'cap €525
Navan 20/05/17 Regnum (UKR) D.P. Linehan Hcp 1m 2f 12 9-7 62 H'cap
Navan 20/05/17 Flirt D.P. Linehan Hcp 1m 5 9-5 90 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) H'cap €625
Cork 19/05/17 Yolo Star P.J. Smullen Mdn 5f 1 9-0 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies M'dn €10,313
Curragh 14/05/17 Yolo Star N.G. McCullagh Mdn 5f 2 9-0 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) M'dn €3,500
Curragh 14/05/17 All Of Me (GB) S. Foley Mdn 1m 2f 5 9-0 Keadeen Hotel (Fillies) M'dn €325
Curragh 13/05/17 Chilli Spice C.R. King F 1m 2f 9 9-9 85 Irish StallionFarms EBF Blue Wind Stakes (Group 3)
Curragh 13/05/17 Urban Beat J.A. Heffernan Mdn 6f 11 9-1 Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction M'dn
Curragh 13/05/17 Miss Cogent R. Coakley Hcp 6f 7 8-9 83 Plusvital Racing GenePak H'cap
Curragh 13/05/17 Gealach Ghorm C.R. King Mdn 1m 2f 7 9-5 Where Champions Are Made (C & G) M'dn
Roscommon 08/05/17 Chocolat Noir P.J. Smullen Mdn 1m 4f 6yds 2 9-2 74 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) M'dn €2,900

*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).