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 201717118201316€195,625€186,740€382,365
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
Roscommon 25/09/17 Guessthebill D.P. Linehan F 7f 58yds 1 9-2 89 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Med. Auc. Race
Naas 24/09/17 Machiavelli (GB) N.G. McCullagh Mdn 7f 5 9-5 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn
Dundalk 22/09/17 Miss Cogent R. Coakley Hcp 5f 13 9-7 77 Like Us On Facebook H'cap
Fairyhouse 20/09/17 Golden Spell (GB) J.A. Heffernan F 6f 3 8-12 93 Ballyhane Blenheim Stakes (Listed) €5,000
Fairyhouse 20/09/17 Shore Step D.P. Linehan Hcp 6f 4 9-7 70 Your Clubs Fundraiser Apprentice H'cap €550
Fairyhouse 20/09/17 All Of Me (GB) N.G. McCullagh Hcp 1m 2f 5 8-6 76 Christmas Parties At Fairyhouse H'cap €650
Galway 19/09/17 Sister Blandina D.P. Linehan F 1m 85yds 1 9-6 87 Donnellys Of Barna Rated Race €11,250
Listowel 13/09/17 Camiyra D.P. Linehan Hcp 7f 7 9-4 65 Exchange Inn & Kevin Broderick's Bar Hcp
Listowel 13/09/17 Maximus Daia D.P. Linehan Hcp 1m 1f 4 9-4 75 Listowel Arms H'cap €700
Listowel 13/09/17 Full Court Press D.P. Linehan Hcp 1m 1f 5 9-9 80 Seamus Mulvaney H'cap €350
Curragh 10/09/17 Wolfofbaggotstreet N.G. McCullagh F 6f 63yds 18 9-5 94 Tattersalls Ire. Super Auction Sale Stks
Leopardstown 09/09/17 True Valour S. Foley F 1m 2 9-3 108 Clipper Logistics Boomerang Stakes (Group 2) €40,000
Down-Royal 08/09/17 Beach Wedding R.P. Cleary Mdn 7f 1 8-10 74 Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction M'dn €12,500
Down-Royal 08/09/17 Mister Magic N.G. McCullagh Hcp 7f 6 8-5 56 West Coast Cooler Rose Nursery H'cap
Gowran-Park 06/09/17 Admirality (GB) R. Coakley Hcp 7f 2 9-6 61 Kilkenny Apprentice H'cap €2,000
Gowran-Park 06/09/17 Sister Blandina D.P. Linehan Hcp 1m 1f 110yds 2 9-9 84 Join Us September 16th H'cap €2,400
Bellewstown 30/08/17 Baba Boom N.G. McCullagh Mdn 7f 168yds 7 8-13 Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction M'dn
Bellewstown 30/08/17 Hague Convention C.T. Keane Hcp 1m 3f 168yds 2 9-4 69 Lougher Stables H'cap €2,300
Curragh 27/08/17 Windsor Beach D.P. Linehan Hcp 1m 27 9-2 94 Tote Irish Cambridgeshire
Curragh 27/08/17 Beach Wedding R.P. Cleary F 1m 5 9-0 Flame Of Tara Irish EBF Stakes (Group 3) €2,400

*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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