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

Website: www.jpmurtagh.com

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 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 201823533263028€369,125€202,328€571,453
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

Venue
Date From
Date To
Horse
Jockey
Race Type
Distance
Place
Weight
Rating
Pattern/Listed
Venue Date Horse Jockey Race Type Distance Place Weight Rating Race Pattern/ Listed Prize Money
Leopardstown 20/10/18 Near Kettering (GB) D.P. Linehan Hcp 1m 4f 16 9-10 81 Leopardstown Members Club H'cap
Leopardstown 20/10/18 Wicklow Raj R. Coakley Mdn 1m 17 9-2 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (C & G) M'dn
Dundalk 19/10/18 Early Strike (FR) N.G. McCullagh Hcp 7f 9 8-6 60 Christmas Party Nights Nursery H'cap
Dundalk 19/10/18 Finding Nero C.T. Keane Hcp 7f 3 8-12 66 Christmas Party Nights Nursery H'cap
Dundalk 19/10/18 Admirality (GB) S.B. Kelly Hcp 7f 2 9-1 82 Book Your Christmas Party Dundalk H'cap
Gowran-Park 15/10/18 Circling Moon S. Foley Hcp 1m 6f 11 9-6 72 Gowran Park Golf Memberships 2019 H'cap
Navan 14/10/18 Insane Bolt N.G. McCullagh Mdn 5f 164yds 10 9-5 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn
Navan 14/10/18 So Familiar S. Foley F 5f 164yds 5 8-12 81 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Legacy Stakes (Listed) Listed €1,650
Navan 14/10/18 Ice Bullet S.B. Kelly Mdn 5f 164yds 14 9-2 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn
Limerick 13/10/18 Apprenticeship R. Coakley Mdn 7f 15yds 11 9-2 Follow Limerick on Twitter M'dn
Limerick 13/10/18 Winiata N.G. McCullagh Mdn 6f 150yds 1 8-6 Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction M'dn €12,500
Limerick 13/10/18 Sirjack Thomas S. Foley Hcp 1m 3 8-13 86 Limerick On Facebook Munster Mile H'cap €2,600
Cork 10/10/18 Ajmera C.D. Hayes Mdn 7f 7 9-0 66 Mallow M'dn
Tipperary 07/10/18 Prosecution (GB) S. Foley Hcp 1m 1f 6 8-9 79 TheTote.com H'cap
Cork 03/10/18 Cruella Dovil S. Foley Mdn 6f 60yds 4 8-10 66 Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction (F) M'dn €1,000
Cork 03/10/18 Shore Step S. Foley Hcp 6f 60yds 1 9-2 75 2019 Annual Membership Available H'cap €10,625
Cork 03/10/18 So Familiar D.P. Linehan Hcp 6f 60yds 1 9-5 70 Celebration Of Racing At CorkNursery Hcp €6,875
Cork 03/10/18 Dancing Mountain N.G. McCullagh Hcp 6f 60yds 4 9-8 68 Celebration Of Racing At CorkNursery Hcp €550
Navan 29/09/18 Archaeology (GB) S. Foley Mdn 5f 164yds 1 9-5 77 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn €9,375
Dundalk 28/09/18 Winiata N.G. McCullagh Mdn 7f 3 8-6 Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction M'dn €2,000
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*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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