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


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 201814621201918€258,500€145,340€403,840
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
Dundalk 17/08/18 Festina Plente (GB) T.P. Madden Mdn 6f 2 8-3 Foran Equine Irish EBF Auct(Fillies)Mdn
Gowran-Park 15/08/18 Near Kettering (GB) S. Foley Hcp 1m 4f 3 9-2 82 McEnery Cup H'cap €2,600
Gowran-Park 15/08/18 Beach Wedding R.P. Cleary F 1m 1f 100yds 5 9-0 84 Ir.Stallion Farms EBF Hurry Harriet Stks (Listed) Listed €1,650
Curragh 12/08/18 Lethal Power C.D. Hayes Hcp 1m 2 8-11 85 Sensational Kids H'cap €3,400
Curragh 12/08/18 Ajmera S.B. Kelly Mdn 5f 3 8-11 71 Anglesey Lodge Equine Hospital EBF M'dn €1,800
Tipperary 10/08/18 Lord Rapscallion D.P. Linehan Mdn 5f 3 9-0 Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction M'dn €2,400
Tipperary 10/08/18 Yolo Again Y. Nonaka Hcp 5f 3 9-0 85 Racing Again 30th August Nursery H'cap €1,700
Leopardstown 09/08/18 Sirjack Thomas C.T. Keane F 7f 25yds 2 9-7 89 Grant Thornton Rated Race €3,500
Sligo 08/08/18 Near Kettering (GB) S. Foley Hcp 1m 2f 110yds 3 9-6 82 Diageo Day 21st Aug At Sligo Races H'cap €2,600
Curragh 06/08/18 Cruella Dovil N.G. McCullagh Hcp 6f 63yds 4 9-1 66 Ryans Cleaning Nursery H'cap €600
Curragh 06/08/18 Finding Nero D.P. Linehan Mdn 7f 15 9-0 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn
Curragh 06/08/18 Tough Spirit S. Foley Mdn 7f 1 9-0 Where Champions Are Made (Fillies) M'dn €8,125
Curragh 06/08/18 Shore Step S. Foley Hcp 6f 2 8-11 73 Curragh Training Grounds H'cap €3,400
Curragh 06/08/18 Early Strike (FR) S.B. Kelly Mdn 7f 14 9-2 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn
Curragh 06/08/18 Life Mission (USA) R. Coakley F 6f 3 8-11 Mongey Communications Race €2,250
Galway 05/08/18 Champagne Marengo D.P. Linehan Mdn 7f 10 8-10 Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction M'dn
Galway 04/08/18 Urban Light S. Foley Hcp 7f 3 8-7 74 Betway Irish EBF Nursery H'cap €2,000
Galway 03/08/18 Karannelle D.P. Linehan Hcp 1m 98yds 4 9-8 69 Arthur Guinness H'cap €850
Galway 02/08/18 Prosecution (GB) T.P. Madden Hcp 1m 98yds 2 8-7 74 Rockshore H'cap €4,000
Galway 01/08/18 Beach Wedding R.P. Cleary Hcp 1m 123yds 7 9-6 85 H'cap

*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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