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 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 201615321191617€204,063€138,478€342,540
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 28/08/16 Duchess Andorra N.G. McCullagh F 1m 1f 6 9-7 92 Snow Fairy (Fillies) Stakes
Curragh 28/08/16 Peacehaven J.A. Heffernan Hcp 6f 3 9-4 79 Tipperary Crystal Rose Of Tralee H'cap
Navan 27/08/16 Blitz (GB) C.T. Keane Mdn 5f 182yds 6 9-0 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) M'dn
Tipperary 25/08/16 Set To Fire R. Coakley Hcp 7f 100yds 4 9-3 63 Dan Bargary Appreciation Apprentice Hcap €500
Tipperary 25/08/16 Eddystone Rock N.G. McCullagh F 1m 1f 1 9-12 95 Meadowview Stables Race €9,688
Curragh 21/08/16 Sister Blandina W.M. Lordan Hcp 1m 4f 3 8-13 80 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) H'cap €3,000
Curragh 20/08/16 Porto Ferro R. Coakley Mdn 6f 7 8-11 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn
Curragh 20/08/16 Miss Cogent W.J. Lee F 5f 7 9-0 80 Jimmy O'Neill Excellence Curragh Stakes
Curragh 20/08/16 Peacehaven D.P. Linehan Hcp 6f 5 9-11 79 Kildare Medieval Festival H'cap €263
Curragh 20/08/16 Time To Reason D.P. Linehan Hcp 7f 3 8-13 96 Al Ain Racecourse H'cap €1,600
Killarney 17/08/16 Full Court Press C.T. Keane Hcp 1m 3f 50yds 5 9-4 85 Easy Clean Limited H'cap €425
Roscommon 15/08/16 Sapphirine N.G. McCullagh Hcp 7f 5 8-5 67 Murray Ambulance Service H'cap €413
Roscommon 15/08/16 Qualia N.G. McCullagh Mdn 1m 2f 80yds 6 9-0 75 Michael And Teresa Keogh Memorial M'dn
Roscommon 15/08/16 Chilli Spice N.G. McCullagh Hcp 1m 2f 80yds 1 9-9 84 Irish Jockeys Association H'cap €12,500
Dundalk 14/08/16 Hawke C.T. Keane Hcp 1m 2f 150yds 1 9-8 94 Irish Stallion Farms EBF 'Red God' H'cap €30,000
Dundalk 14/08/16 Keukenhof D.P. Linehan Hcp 1m 5 9-3 68 Family Funday 4th Sept Apprentice H'cap €263
Tramore 13/08/16 Landsman C.T. Keane Hcp 1m 4f 2 9-6 81 Assembly Techniques H'cap €2,500
Leopardstown 11/08/16 Windsor Beach D.P. Linehan Hcp 1m 2f 2 9-2 76 Boomtown Rats Apprentice H'cap €2,400
Curragh 07/08/16 Blitz (GB) C.T. Keane Mdn 5f 2 9-0 K Club EBF M'dn €3,600
Curragh 07/08/16 Grand Coalition P.J. Smullen F 6f 4 9-3 92 Keeneland Phoenix Stakes €12,500

*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).