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 2019210005€0€5,200€5,200
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
Dundalk 14/04/19 Captain Corcoran S. Foley Mdn 5f 4 9-5 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auc.M'dn €800
Naas 13/04/19 Hot Dakota N.G. McCullagh Mdn 5f 6 8-6 Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction M'dn
Naas 13/04/19 Kocasandra G.P. Halpin F 5f 7 8-11 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Race
Naas 13/04/19 Yolo Aris (GB) D.E. Sheehy Mdn 5f 8 8-5 Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction M'dn
Naas 13/04/19 Cruella Dovil N.G. McCullagh Hcp 6f 4 8-10 64 Royal Ascot Trials Day 19th May H'cap €550
Naas 13/04/19 Pearl Warrior (GB) S.B. Kelly Mdn 1m 2f 8 9-2 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn
Gowran-Park 09/04/19 Insane Bolt S.B. Kelly Hcp 7f 4 9-9 65 Gowran Park Golf Club H'cap €500
Gowran-Park 09/04/19 So Familiar D.E. Sheehy Hcp 7f 7 7-13 80 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) H'cap
Gowran-Park 09/04/19 Ice Bullet N.G. McCullagh Hcp 7f 5 8-7 46 Gowran Park Golf Club H'cap €250
Gowran-Park 09/04/19 Sarah Jessica N.G. McCullagh Mdn 7f 6 9-0 I.S.F. EBF Median Auction M'dn
Dundalk 05/04/19 Festina Plente (GB) D.M. Simmonson F 7f 4 8-7 78 Dundalk Stadium Rated Race €850
Leopardstown 03/04/19 Winiata S.B. Kelly Hcp 7f 8 9-4 76 Leopardstown Summer Pass H'cap
Navan 30/03/19 Trueba S.B. Kelly Mdn 5f 11 9-2 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn
Navan 30/03/19 Insane Bolt D.M. Simmonson Mdn 1m 11 8-12 Arkle Bar M'dn (Div 1)
Navan 30/03/19 Shore Step Nikita Amelia Kane Hcp 5f 11 9-3 79 H'cap
Navan 30/03/19 Urban Beat N.G. McCullagh F 5f 164yds 4 9-7 101 Cork Stakes (Listed) Listed €2,250
Navan 30/03/19 Prosecution (GB) S.B. Kelly Hcp 1m 10 9-8 77 Bective Restaurant At Navan H'cap
Dundalk 29/03/19 Via Veneto C.T. Keane Mdn 5f 6 9-0 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) M'dn
Naas 24/03/19 Captain Corcoran N.G. McCullagh Mdn 5f 6 9-5 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn
Naas 24/03/19 Parkers Hill N.G. McCullagh Hcp 7f 10 8-7 83 Naas Business Club Madrid 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).

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