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


Follow Johnny on Twitter: @JohnnyMurtagh

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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 20191276171314€59,813€80,378€140,190
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
Leopardstown 18/07/19 Parkers Hill B.M. Coen Hcp 7f 5 8-10 77 Leopardstown Summer Sizzler H'cap
Leopardstown 18/07/19 Urban Boom B.M. Coen Mdn 6f 10 9-2 Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction M'dn
Leopardstown 18/07/19 Enchanted One C.P. Hoban Mdn 7f 9 9-5 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Med. Auct. M'dn
Fairyhouse 17/07/19 Trueba N.G. McCullagh Hcp 7f 4 8-13 54 Follow Fairyhouse On Social Media H'cap €575
Killarney 17/07/19 Finding Nero L. Dettori Hcp 1m 3f 40yds 4 9-3 78 The Rentokil Initial H'cap €650
Killarney 16/07/19 Angels (GB) B.M. Coen Hcp 1m 25yds 3 9-1 72 The International Hotel H'cap €1,250
Fairyhouse 14/07/19 Pronouncement (USA) N.G. McCullagh Mdn 6f 2 9-0 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) M'dn €3,000
Fairyhouse 14/07/19 Winiata S.B. Kelly Hcp 1m 4f 4 9-7 73 Making Dreams Come True H'cap €650
Roscommon 08/07/19 Festina Plente (GB) N.G. McCullagh Hcp 7f 50yds 3 9-10 73 Property Partners Earley (Fillies) H'cap €1,200
Limerick 07/07/19 Parkers Hill S. Foley Hcp 7f 2 9-6 75 Handipak Play Live On 25th July H'cap €2,400
Limerick 07/07/19 Kosman N.G. McCullagh Mdn 6f 150yds 6 9-5 Free Racecourse WiFi Median Auction M'dn €250
Naas 06/07/19 Finding Nero C.T. Keane Hcp 1m 2f 2 8-12 74 CARE At Home H'cap €2,600
Naas 06/07/19 Shore Step Nikita Amelia Kane Hcp 6f 3 9-7 70 Dooley Insurance Apprentice H'cap €1,200
Bellewstown 05/07/19 Borelli N.G. McCullagh Mdn 7f 161yds 2 9-5 Irish Stallion Farms EBF(C&G)Med.Auc.Mdn €3,200
Bellewstown 04/07/19 Captain Corcoran S.B. Kelly Mdn 5f 5 9-2 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn €450
Bellewstown 04/07/19 Pearl Warrior (GB) C.P. Hoban Hcp 1m 6f 5 9-3 62 Hennessy & Perozzi H'cap €315
Tipperary 04/07/19 Luminent Nikita Amelia Kane Hcp 1m 1f 14 9-0 66 Costello's Tavern H'cap
Bellewstown 03/07/19 Festina Plente (GB) S. Foley Hcp 7f 187yds 2 9-6 73 Tara Stud H'cap €2,500
Bellewstown 03/07/19 Wilderness (GB) S. Foley Hcp 7f 187yds 14 9-12 60 Tote H'cap (Div 2)
Curragh 28/06/19 Lord Rapscallion C.P. Hoban Hcp 7f 9 8-7 77 Eleanor & Lyndsey Comer Memorial 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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