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 2017243402€16,563€11,475€28,038
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
Limerick 22/04/17 True Valour C.T. Keane Mdn 7f 1 9-5 91 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (C&G) M'dn
Limerick 22/04/17 Camiyra N.G. McCullagh Mdn 7f 5 9-0 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) M'dn
Limerick 22/04/17 Sister Blandina D.P. Linehan Hcp 1m 3f 70yds 2 9-5 84 4 Of Us Play Live June 23rd H'cap
Limerick 22/04/17 Khudha J.A. Heffernan Hcp 1m 3f 70yds 6 9-0 59 Michael English Plays Live July 27th Hcp
Tipperary 20/04/17 Regnum (UKR) C.R. King Mdn 1m 4f 6 9-5 Fundraising At Tipperary Races M'dn
Cork 15/04/17 Discovery Lad R. Coakley Mdn 1m 100yds 7 9-2 Mallow M'dn
Cork 15/04/17 Imbucato (GB) D.P. Linehan Mdn 1m 100yds 12 9-0 Mallow M'dn
Dundalk 12/04/17 Mister Magic C.R. King Mdn 5f 4 9-5 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn €750
Tipperary 11/04/17 Tobacco Bay J.A. Heffernan Mdn 7f 100yds 1 9-0 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) M'dn €9,063
Naas 09/04/17 Guessthebill C.R. King Mdn 5f 2 9-5 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn €3,500
Naas 09/04/17 Camiyra N.G. McCullagh Mdn 6f 2 9-0 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) M'dn €3,200
Naas 09/04/17 Shore Step R. Coakley Hcp 6f 14 9-2 86 Racing Again May 1st H'cap
Naas 09/04/17 Sister Blandina D.P. Linehan Hcp 1m 2f 2 9-3 84 Panoramic Restaurant H'cap €3,400
Leopardstown 08/04/17 Discovery Lad C.R. King Mdn 1m 11 9-5 Leopardstown 'Summer Bundle' M'dn
Leopardstown 08/04/17 Regnum (UKR) D.P. Linehan Mdn 1m 10 9-0 Leopardstown 'Summer Bundle' M'dn
Leopardstown 08/04/17 Maximus Daia C.R. King F 1m 7 9-3 Leopardstown 2,000 Guineas Trial Stakes (Listed)
Leopardstown 08/04/17 Loose Chippings N.G. McCullagh Hcp 7f 4 8-4 62 Leopardstown Family Raceday H'cap €625
Leopardstown 08/04/17 Khudha N.G. McCullagh Hcp 1m 2f 6 9-1 60 Bulmers Live At Leopardstown H'cap
Leopardstown 05/04/17 Chocolat Noir C.R. King Hcp 1m 2f 8 9-12 73 Bulmers Live At Leopardstown H'cap
Cork 02/04/17 Passionatta N.G. McCullagh Hcp 1m 100yds 9 8-12 50 Mallow 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).