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, Chris Hayes, Shane Foley, Denis Linehan, Sean Davis, 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 2018/201980002€0€2,175€2,175
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 2018/201930000€0€0€0
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
Naas 09/02/19 Prosecution (GB) L.P. Dempsey MdnHdl 2m 9 11-11 Cavan Developments M'dn H'dle (Div 1)
Punchestown 13/01/19 Prosecution (GB) L.P. Dempsey MdnHdl 2m 13 11-10 M'dn H'dle
Dundalk 11/01/19 Formal Order (GB) S. Foley Mdn 1m 4 9-5 Lenghten The Odds With BetVictor M'dn €625
Leopardstown 26/12/18 Prosecution (GB) L.P. Dempsey MdnHdl 2m 6 11-7 Tote Pays Dividends M'dn H'dle
Dundalk 14/12/18 Ajmera S.B. Kelly Hcp 6f 6 9-11 65 Crowne Plaza Race & Stay H'cap (Div 2)
Dundalk 30/11/18 Early Strike (FR) N.G. McCullagh Hcp 1m 7 8-6 52 Nursery H'cap
Dundalk 30/11/18 Finding Nero C.P. Hoban Hcp 1m 5 9-5 65 Nursery H'cap €275
Dundalk 23/11/18 Ajmera S. Foley Hcp 5f 5 10-0 65 H'cap €250
Dundalk 16/11/18 Finding Nero D.P. Linehan Hcp 1m 5 9-6 66 Christmas Parties Apprentice Nursery €275
Dundalk 16/11/18 Early Strike (FR) R. Coakley Hcp 1m 7 8-9 55 Christmas Parties Apprentice Nursery
Dundalk 09/11/18 Luminent R.P. Cleary Mdn 7f 4 9-0 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) M'dn €750
Dundalk 02/11/18 Near Kettering (GB) J.A. Heffernan Hcp 1m 4f 5 9-3 81 Christmas Party Nights At Dundalk H'cap €425
Dundalk 02/11/18 Admirality (GB) S. Foley Hcp 6f 2 9-0 86 Dundalk - Light Up Your Night H'cap €5,000
Galway 29/10/18 Early Strike (FR) N.G. McCullagh Hcp 1m 73yds 13 8-12 58 H'cap
Leopardstown 27/10/18 Winiata N.G. McCullagh Hcp 7f 8 8-12 79 Irish EBF Fillies Nursery
Leopardstown 27/10/18 St Estephe (GB) D.P. Linehan Mdn 7f 15 9-0 Tote Irish EBF (C & G) M'dn
Leopardstown 27/10/18 Apprenticeship T.P. Madden Mdn 7f 10 9-2 Tote Irish EBF (C & G) M'dn
Dundalk 26/10/18 Festina Plente (GB) D.P. Linehan Hcp 5f 5 9-8 83 Bar One Racing Nursery H'cap €313
Dundalk 26/10/18 Beach Wedding R.P. Cleary F 1m 3 9-0 94 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Cooley (F) Stks (Listed) Listed €5,500
Navan 24/10/18 Ajmera N.G. McCullagh Mdn 5f 164yds 4 9-0 65 Navan Welcomes Owners M'dn €600

*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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