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 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 201617624211717€262,250€151,175€413,425
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
Curragh 25/09/16 Soul Searcher R.P. Cleary F 2m 5 9-4 89 Sycamore Lodge Loughbrown Stakes €1,410
Dundalk 23/09/16 Lunada W.J. Lee Hcp 1m 2f 150yds 2 10-0 65 H'cap €1,800
Dundalk 23/09/16 Camiyra N.G. McCullagh Mdn 6f 5 9-0 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Med. Auct. M'dn €375
Curragh 22/09/16 Blitz (GB) N.G. McCullagh Mdn 6f 9 9-0 84 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) M'dn
Curragh 22/09/16 Passionatta C.P. Hoban Mdn 6f 12 9-0 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) M'dn
Curragh 22/09/16 Qualia R. Coakley Mdn 1m 2f 10 8-11 74 Irish Blue Cross (Fillies) M'dn
Naas 21/09/16 Porto Ferro R. Coakley Mdn 5f 2 8-11 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn €3,100
Naas 21/09/16 Admirality (GB) N.G. McCullagh Hcp 1m 13 9-7 69 Nursery H'cap
Gowran-Park 18/09/16 Duchess Andorra C.T. Keane F 1m 1f 100yds 1 9-5 92 D.Cordell Lavarack/Lanwades Stud(F)Stks €43,500
Gowran-Park 18/09/16 Pacodali W.J. Lee Mdn 1m 1f 100yds 1 9-5 94 Live Music After Racing M'dn €7,188
Gowran-Park 18/09/16 Chocolat Noir N.G. McCullagh Mdn 1m 1f 100yds 5 9-0 Live Music After Racing M'dn €288
Gowran-Park 18/09/16 Set To Fire C.T. Keane Hcp 1m 7 9-11 62 Pick 6 Is Heading For One Million H'cap (Div 1)
Curragh 11/09/16 Hawke D. Tudhope Hcp 1m 2f 15 9-11 100 Ir. Stal. Farms EBF 'Northfields' H'cap
Curragh 11/09/16 Miss Cogent N.G. McCullagh F 6f 63yds 19 8-10 90 Tattersalls Ire. Super Auction Sale Stks
Leopardstown 10/09/16 Time To Reason W. Buick Hcp 7f 20yds 17 9-2 98 Ir.Stal.Farms EBF 'Sovereign Path' H'cap
Galway 05/09/16 Soul Searcher R.P. Cleary F 1m 4f 46yds 6 9-9 89 Ardilaun Hotel Oyster Stakes €1,100
Dundalk 04/09/16 Sapphirine N.G. McCullagh Hcp 1m 14 10-0 64 Ecological Waste Management Ltd H'cap (Div 2)
Navan 03/09/16 Porto Ferro N.G. McCullagh Mdn 5f 182yds 8 8-8 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Auction M'dn
Navan 03/09/16 Ready To Roc P.J. Smullen Hcp 5f 5 9-8 96 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Premier Nursery €1,200
Gowran-Park 31/08/16 Windsor Beach J.A. Heffernan Hcp 1m 1f 110yds 1 9-13 79 Join Us September 18th H'cap €7,500

*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).