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 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 2018171133€9,375€9,838€19,213
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 Prize Money
Leopardstown 16/04/18 Beach Wedding R. Coakley Hcp 7f 6 9-2 74 Leopardstown Summer Pass H'cap
Cork 15/04/18 Playa Blanca N.G. McCullagh Hcp 1m 100yds 3 9-1 65 H'cap €1,200
Cork 15/04/18 Admirality (GB) D.P. Linehan Hcp 7f 6 9-8 64 Cork Racecourse On Twitter H'cap
Leopardstown 14/04/18 Machiavelli (GB) S. Foley Hcp 1m 2f 3 8-13 74 TRI Equestrian H'cap €1,750
Leopardstown 14/04/18 Prosecution (GB) D.P. Linehan Hcp 1m 2 9-7 68 Bulmers Live At Leopardstown H'cap €2,200
Naas 13/04/18 Urban Light N.G. McCullagh Mdn 5f 4 9-5 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn €875
Naas 13/04/18 Lord Rapscallion S. Foley Mdn 5f 6 9-5 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn
Naas 13/04/18 Ajmera S. Foley Mdn 6f 7 9-0 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) M'dn
Naas 13/04/18 Wilderness (GB) D.P. Linehan Mdn 6f 4 8-9 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) M'dn €800
Naas 13/04/18 Golden Spell (GB) D.P. Linehan Hcp 6f 5 8-9 93 Moneyback as Free Bet H'cap €438
Dundalk 11/04/18 Wolfofmountstreet (GB) S.B. Kelly Mdn 5f 5 9-2 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn €375
Navan 07/04/18 Urban Beat S. Foley Mdn 5f 1 9-5 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden €9,375
Navan 07/04/18 Valdus (GB) S.B. Kelly Mdn 1m 5 9-2 Arkle Bar M'dn €300
Navan 07/04/18 Mojambo S.B. Kelly Hcp 1m 2f 12 8-12 58 Follow Us On Twitter H'cap
Cork 31/03/18 Mojambo S.B. Kelly Hcp 1m 100yds 4 9-4 59 Mallow H'cap €550
Naas 25/03/18 Ajmera S. Foley Mdn 6f 3 9-0 Kildare Post & Kildare Now M'dn €1,350
Naas 25/03/18 Playa Blanca N.G. McCullagh Mdn 1m 10 9-5 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn
Dundalk 26/01/18 Ajmera S.B. Kelly Mdn 7f 6 8-11 Staunton Office Irish EBF (Fillies) M'dn
Dundalk 22/12/17 Bracebridge Hall D.P. Linehan Mdn 5f 6 9-0 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn
Dundalk 17/11/17 Bracebridge Hall N.G. McCullagh Mdn 6f 5 9-5 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn €375

*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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