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 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
Dundalk 10/03/17 Loose Chippings C.R. King Mdn 1m 6 9-5 Elusive Pimpernel M'dn
Dundalk 03/03/17 Shore Step C.R. King Hcp 5f 9 9-7 87 H'cap
Dundalk 24/02/17 Passionatta W.M. Lordan Mdn 1m 8 9-0 Elusive Pimpernel (Fillies) M'dn
Dundalk 24/02/17 Tobacco Bay J.A. Heffernan Mdn 1m 5 9-0 Elusive Pimpernel (Fillies) M'dn €275
Dundalk 24/02/17 Maximus Daia C.R. King Mdn 7f 8 9-5 Elusive Pimpernel Median Auction M'dn
Dundalk 24/02/17 Loose Chippings D.P. Linehan Mdn 7f 7 8-12 Elusive Pimpernel Median Auction M'dn
Dundalk 10/02/17 Keukenhof N.G. McCullagh Hcp 1m 6 8-9 68 Ever Kleen Contract Cleaners H'cap
Dundalk 20/01/17 Keukenhof R. Coakley Hcp 1m 2f 150yds 4 8-11 69 Fitzpatrick's Bar & Restaurant H'cap €600
Dundalk 20/01/17 Guiding Star (GB) N.G. McCullagh F 6f 4 8-7 66 Linencare - Linen Rental Services Race €750
Dundalk 23/12/16 Maximus Daia N.G. McCullagh Mdn 7f 13 9-5 Elusive Pimpernel M'dn (Div 1)
Dundalk 23/12/16 Keukenhof D.P. Linehan Hcp 1m 2f 150yds 1 9-8 65 Winter Series At Dundalk Apprentice Hcap €5,625
Dundalk 16/12/16 Flying Expectation (ITY) J.A. Heffernan F 5f 5 9-2 Christmas Party Nights At Dundalk Race €375
Dundalk 16/12/16 Guiding Star (GB) N.G. McCullagh F 5f 3 8-11 Christmas Party Nights At Dundalk Race €1,500
Dundalk 09/12/16 Keukenhof C.R. King Hcp 1m 2f 150yds 3 9-7 66 H'cap €1,000
Dundalk 07/12/16 Flying Expectation (ITY) W.M. Lordan Mdn 7f 13 9-5 Winter Series At Dundalk 2017 M'dn
Dundalk 02/12/16 Loose Chippings D.P. Linehan Mdn 1m 3 8-12 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn (Div 1) €1,400
Dundalk 02/12/16 Gealach Ghorm N.G. McCullagh Mdn 1m 5 9-5 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn (Div 2) €350
Dundalk 02/12/16 Keukenhof D.P. Linehan Hcp 1m 3 9-0 66 Floodlit Friday Nights At Dundalk H'cap €1,000
Dundalk 25/11/16 Qualia N.G. McCullagh Hcp 1m 2f 150yds 11 9-0 68 Crowne Plaza Jockey&Trainer Awards H'cap
Dundalk 18/11/16 Guiding Star (GB) C.T. Keane Mdn 6f 5 9-0 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn €350

*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).