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 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 201712014121011€153,125€96,688€249,813
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
Leopardstown 27/07/17 Discovery Lad S.P. Bird Hcp 1m 20 9-3 72 The Stunning H'cap
Leopardstown 27/07/17 Golden Spell (GB) S. Foley F 7f 4 9-0 93 Jockey Club Of Turkey Silver Flash Stks (Group 3)
Naas 26/07/17 Time To Reason C.R. King F 1m 4 9-10 92 Follow Naas Racecourse On Facebook Race
Ballinrobe 24/07/17 Full Court Press C.R. King Hcp 1m 5f 79yds 1 9-12 77 Tote H'cap €7,813
Ballinrobe 24/07/17 Regnum (UKR) N.G. McCullagh Hcp 1m 1f 189yds 5 8-12 58 Tote H'cap €288
Gowran-Park 22/07/17 Beach Wedding T.P. Madden Mdn 7f 3 8-3 Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction (F) M'dn €2,500
Gowran-Park 22/07/17 For The Roses (GB) C.T. Keane Mdn 1m 1f 100yds 6 9-0 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) M'dn
Curragh 16/07/17 Beach Wedding N.G. McCullagh Mdn 6f 6 9-0 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) M'dn
Curragh 16/07/17 Golden Spell (GB) C.T. Keane Hcp 6f 1 9-7 87 Plusvital Speed Gene Nursery H'cap €10,938
Curragh 15/07/17 Guessthebill P.J. Smullen F 6f 63yds 5 9-3 Jebel Ali Silver Jubilee Anglesey Stakes (Group 3) €1,950
Curragh 15/07/17 Time To Reason C.R. King Hcp 7f 7 9-10 93 K Club H'cap
Curragh 15/07/17 Tobacco Bay W.M. Lordan Hcp 6f 63yds 15 8-6 85 Tote Scurry H'cap
Navan 14/07/17 Discovery Lad C.R. King F 1m 2f 2 9-4 75 Barbecue Evening Claiming Race €2,000
Navan 14/07/17 Sankari Royale N.G. McCullagh Mdn 5f 2 8-6 Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction M'dn €4,800
Leopardstown 13/07/17 Windsor Beach J.A. Heffernan Hcp 1m 2f 4 9-5 94 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Nasrullah H'cap €5,000
Roscommon 10/07/17 Flirt R.P. Cleary F 1m 3f 133yds 8 9-6 91 Lenebane Stakes (Listed)
Naas 08/07/17 Shore Step D.P. Linehan Hcp 6f 3 9-12 71 J F Dunne Bus & Coach Insurance App Hcap €863
Bellewstown 07/07/17 Hague Convention C.R. King Mdn 1m 4f 5 9-5 Anglo Printers M'dn €313
Tipperary 06/07/17 Wolfofbaggotstreet C.R. King F 5f 4 9-3 Coolmore Pride Of Dubai Tipperary Stakes (Listed) €2,375
Bellewstown 06/07/17 Golden Spell (GB) C.T. Keane Mdn 5f 1 9-0 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn €9,375

*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).