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, Stroll Patrol, Royal Diamond, Dalkova, Rich Coast, Urban Beat, Hawke. 

Assoc. Jockeys: Niall McCullagh, Chris Hayes, Shane Foley, Denis Linehan, Sean Davis, 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.

Johnny enjoyed his first treble as a trainer at Leopardstown on Thursday, June 14 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 2018881410810€186,938€72,478€259,415
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
Leopardstown 21/06/18 Circling Moon S.P. Davis Hcp 1m 4f 180yds 6 9-10 69 Leopardstown "Summer Pass" H'cap
Leopardstown 21/06/18 Biltmore S. Foley Mdn 1m 3 9-5 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn
Sligo 19/06/18 Prosecution (GB) C.T. Keane Mdn 1m 2f 140yds 2 9-7 74 Sligo Races M'dn €2,400
Sligo 19/06/18 Sirjack Thomas C.T. Keane F 7f 1 9-3 86 Kilcawley Construction Sligo Rated Race €12,500
Naas 18/06/18 Cruella Dovil N.G. McCullagh Mdn 5f 5 9-0 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies M'dn €413
Limerick 16/06/18 Near Kettering (GB) T.P. Madden Hcp 1m 3f 70yds 1 9-12 77 Cliona Hagan Plays July 26th (App) H'cap €7,813
Limerick 16/06/18 Early Strike (FR) N.G. McCullagh Mdn 7f 7 9-5 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Med Auction Mdn
Fairyhouse 15/06/18 Dancing Mountain R. Coakley Mdn 6f 7 8-11 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) M'dn
Leopardstown 14/06/18 Near Kettering (GB) Y. Nonaka F 1m 2f 2 8-9 77 Fitzers Catering Rated Race €3,600
Leopardstown 14/06/18 Tough Spirit C.T. Keane Mdn 7f 30yds 6 9-0 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) M'dn
Leopardstown 14/06/18 Parkers Hill N.G. McCullagh Mdn 6f 1 9-5 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn €10,938
Leopardstown 14/06/18 Circling Moon C.P. Hoban Hcp 1m 7f 1 9-7 63 Leopardstown Ladies Golf Club H'cap €7,813
Leopardstown 14/06/18 True Valour C.D. Hayes F 7f 30yds 1 9-9 107 Ballycorus Stakes (Group 3) Group 3 €36,000
Roscommon 11/06/18 Admirality (GB) S.B. Kelly Hcp 7f 50yds 2 9-5 59 Ladies Day Monday 9th July H'cap (Div 2) €2,000
Roscommon 11/06/18 Champagne Marengo D.P. McDonogh Mdn 7f 50yds 6 9-5 Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction M'dn
Roscommon 11/06/18 Lethal Power S. Foley Mdn 1m 2f 46yds 1 9-5 80 Connaughton Auctioneer's M'dn €7,500
Roscommon 11/06/18 Machiavelli (GB) S. Foley Hcp 1m 2f 46yds 2 9-12 74 Hydrotech H'cap €2,400
Curragh 09/06/18 Shore Step S. Foley Hcp 6f 63yds 1 9-6 61 Treacy Group Supporting Newbridge H'cap €6,875
Curragh 09/06/18 Dandy Belle N.G. McCullagh Mdn 6f 8 9-0 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn
Curragh 08/06/18 Golden Spell (GB) S. Foley F 6f 5 8-12 97 TRM Ballyogan Stakes (Group 3) Group 3 €1,890

*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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