Date of Birth: September 16, 1979
County of origin: Meath
First winner: Stagalier (Noel Meade), Down Royal,
January 29, 1997
Champion jockey: 1999/2000, 2003/04
Leading jockey at the Cheltenham Festival: 2003, 2012
Assoc. Trainers: Barry rides as first jockey to owner JP McManus
Significant horses (selected): Moscow Flyer, Monty’s Pass,
Kicking King, Bobs Worth, Jezki, Sprinter Sacre, Buveur D'Air, Epatante, Carlingford Lough, Shutthefrontdoor, Big Zeb,
Jer's Girl, Sackville, Yanworth, Macs Joy, Iris’s Gift, No More Heroes, More Of
That, Rebel Fitz, Captain Conan, Simonsig, Finian's Rainbow, Voler La Vedette,
Punjabi, Forpadydeplasterer, Pizarro, Bust Out, Le Coudray, Limestone Lad,
Florida Pearl, Moscow Express, Alexander Banquet, Market Lass, Miss Orchestra,
Follow Barry on Twitter: @BarryJGeraghty
Did you know?
From Drumree, County
Meath, Barry Geraghty is one of the greatest jump jockeys of his generation. He rode five winners at the Cheltenham Festival in 2003 and won the Grand National at Aintree on Monty's Pass only weeks later. On the back of that remarkable success, he was voted RTE Sports Personality of the Year. Never far from big-race success throughout his career, Barry was appointed as first jockey to owner JP McManus on June 21st, 2015.
Barry is the fourth winning-most National Hunt jockey in Ireland and Britain. Success on the McManus-owned/Nicky Henderson-trained Birchdale at Cheltenham on January 26, 2019 saw him reach the 1875-winner mark, one ahead of Richard Dunwoody. Only Tony McCoy (4348), Richard Johnson and Ruby Walsh have ridden more winners.
Since his first winner in 1997, Geraghty has established himself as one of the sport's biggest stars. Notable moments in a glorious career have been headed by a Grand National victory on Monty's Pass in 2003.
Geraghty has also won the Cheltenham Gold Cup on Kicking King (2005) and Bobs Worth (2013), as well as landing the Champion Hurdle on Punjabi (2009), Jezki (2014), Buveur D'Air (2018) and Epatante (2020). He has 43 Cheltenham Festival winners to his name as of 2020, no current rider has had more success at the Festival. He rode five winners at the 2020 Festival, finishing second in the jockeys' standings to Paul Townend who rode the same number of winners but also had to runners-up placings. Five winners in 2003 and again in 2012 was enough to see him crowned the leading rider at the Cheltenham Festival.
The Meath-man has also been champion jockey in Ireland on two occasions, in the 1999/2000 and 2003/04 seasons.