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 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 201620828232023€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 28/10/16 Khudha C.R. King Mdn 1m 12 9-5 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Med. Auct. M'dn
Dundalk 28/10/16 Lunada J.A. Heffernan Hcp 1m 2f 150yds 12 9-11 69 H'cap
Dundalk 26/10/16 Set To Fire C.R. King F 7f 4 9-10 60 (F) Claiming Race €450
Dundalk 26/10/16 Golden State (USA) N.G. McCullagh Mdn 6f 4 9-0 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn €700
Dundalk 26/10/16 Keukenhof C.R. King Hcp 1m 4 9-3 68 H'cap €500
Dundalk 21/10/16 Blitz (GB) C.T. Keane Hcp 5f 3 9-12 82 Nursery H'cap €1,200
Navan 19/10/16 Chocolat Noir C.T. Keane Mdn 1m 5f 6 9-0 Come Racing Again Sunday 13th Nov M'dn
Navan 19/10/16 Porto Ferro R. Coakley Mdn 5f 4 8-11 83 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn €775
Naas 16/10/16 Soul Searcher R.P. Cleary F 1m 4f 10 9-7 95 Anjaal EBF Bluebell Stakes (Listed)
Cork 15/10/16 Windsor Beach N.G. McCullagh Hcp 1m 2f 1 9-12 88 Equine Acres H'cap €10,625
Cork 15/10/16 Pacodali C.R. King Hcp 1m 2f 6 9-10 91 Equine Acres H'cap
Dundalk 14/10/16 Lunada P.J. Smullen Hcp 1m 2f 150yds 1 10-0 65 CrownePlaza Leading Jockey&Trainer H'cap (Div 1) €6,250
Dundalk 14/10/16 Khudha C.R. King Mdn 7f 6 9-5 Irish Stallion Farms EBF(C&G)Med.Auc.Mdn
Dundalk 14/10/16 Camiyra N.G. McCullagh Mdn 7f 4 9-0 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (F) Med.Auc.Mdn €750
Dundalk 14/10/16 More Than Munny (USA) O.J. Orr Hcp 7f 9 9-13 76 Apprentice H'cap
Dundalk 14/10/16 Hawke P.J. Smullen F 1m 2f 150yds 1 9-7 103 Carlingford Stakes (Listed) €27,000
Dundalk 14/10/16 Chilli Spice N.G. McCullagh F 1m 2f 150yds 6 8-11 91 Carlingford Stakes (Listed) €900
Curragh 09/10/16 Passionatta C.P. Hoban Mdn 6f 14 9-0 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn
Curragh 09/10/16 Peacehaven N.G. McCullagh F 6f 12 9-1 79 EimerHannon Waterford Testimonial Stakes (Listed)
Curragh 09/10/16 Time To Reason C.T. Keane F 6f 11 9-5 97 EimerHannon Waterford Testimonial Stakes (Listed)

*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).