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 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
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 Prize Money
Dundalk 26/01/18 Ajmera S.B. Kelly Mdn 7f 6 8-11 Staunton Office Irish EBF (Fillies) M'dn
Dundalk 22/12/17 Bracebridge Hall D.P. Linehan Mdn 5f 6 9-0 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn
Dundalk 17/11/17 Bracebridge Hall N.G. McCullagh Mdn 6f 5 9-5 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn €375
Dundalk 03/11/17 Harmonyofthestars N.G. McCullagh Mdn 1m 1 9-5 Floodlit Friday Nights M'dn €7,500
Leopardstown 28/10/17 Kilcoran (GB) N.G. McCullagh Mdn 7f 14 9-0 Tote Irish EBF (Fillies) M'dn
Leopardstown 28/10/17 Lethal Power C.T. Keane Mdn 7f 6 9-5 Tote Irish EBF (C & G) M'dn
Fairyhouse 24/10/17 Camiyra D.P. Linehan Hcp 7f 9 9-7 64 Racing Again November 7th H'cap
Fairyhouse 24/10/17 Les Arceaux C.T. Keane Hcp 1m 4f 1 9-6 61 Christmas Parties December 16th H'cap (Div 2) €6,563
Fairyhouse 24/10/17 Bracebridge Hall N.G. McCullagh Mdn 6f 5 9-5 Gillian Carey Award Winner Med Auct M'dn €325
Leopardstown 22/10/17 Machiavelli (GB) N.G. McCullagh Mdn 1m 15yds 4 9-5 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (C & G) M'dn €875
Leopardstown 22/10/17 Playa Blanca R. Coakley Mdn 1m 15yds 9 9-2 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (C & G) M'dn
Leopardstown 22/10/17 Guessthebill P.J. Smullen F 7f 4 9-3 93 Killavullan Stakes (Group 3) €3,000
Leopardstown 22/10/17 Sister Blandina N.G. McCullagh F 1m 2f 5 9-2 92 Trigo Stakes (Listed) €1,425
Dundalk 20/10/17 Time To Reason S. Foley Hcp 7f 7 9-7 87 Book Your Christmas Party Dundalk H'cap
Dundalk 20/10/17 Harmonyofthestars N.G. McCullagh Mdn 1m 5 9-5 M'dn €300
Naas 15/10/17 Beach Wedding C. O'Donoghue F 7f 10 8-12 74 Foran Equine Irish EBF Auct. Race Final
Naas 15/10/17 Tobacco Bay N.G. McCullagh F 1m 11 9-0 91 Clodovil Irish EBF Garnet Stakes (Listed)
Naas 15/10/17 Sister Blandina S. Foley F 1m 8 9-3 94 Clodovil Irish EBF Garnet Stakes (Listed)
Naas 15/10/17 Guessthebill D.P. Linehan Hcp 6f 2 8-11 88 At The Races EBF Birdcatcher Premier Nur €10,000
Dundalk 13/10/17 Hague Convention N.G. McCullagh Hcp 1m 4f 11 8-13 71 Dundalk Stadium On Facebook 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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