County of origin: Meath
First winner: Red Venus (Seamus Fahey) Naas, July 23, 2003
Significant horses: Sovereign, Wings Of Eagles, Hydrangea, Sugarhoneybaby, Sharisse, Knock Stars, Green Lassy, Vivacious Vivienne, Drunken Sailor
Assoc. Trainer: Aidan O'Brien, Joseph O'Brien
Did you know:
From Dunboyne, County Meath, Padraig Beggy first sat on a horse when he was 14 whilst working for local trainer Owen Weldon. He graduated from RACE in 2003 and rode his first winner in July of that year on the Seamus Fahey-trained Red Venus in an apprentice handicap at Naas. He continued his apprenticeship with Kevin Prendergast, enjoying notable success in big handicaps early in his career on the likes of the Prendergast-trained Ulfah, Noel Meade's Sugarhoneybaby and Green Lassy for Ger Lyons. He later rode in Britain and also spent time in Australia where he rode 30 winners.
Based with Aidan O'Brien since January 2015, Padraig is a key member of the backroom team in Ballydoyle. He rode his first Group race winner on O'Brien's Hydrangea in the Group 3 1,000 Guineas Trial at Leopardstown in early April, 2017 and finished third on the same filly in the Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas at The Curragh the following month.
Better was to come in early June of the same year when, on his first ride in the race, he won the Investec Derby at Epsom on 40/1 chance Wings Of Eagles, a sixth win in the race for Aidan O'Brien.
Padraig gained further Derby success when he landed the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh in June 2019 on the Aidan O'Brien-trained Sovereign. A 33/1 chance, Beggy made all the running on Sovereign for a six-length success over Epsom Derby winner Anthony Van Dyck, his stable companion and the 5/4 favourite.
Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby (Group 1) (Sovereign - 2019)
John Roarty Memorial Scurry H'cap (Ulfah (USA) - 2004)
Ir.St.Farms EBF Summer Fillies H'cap (Sugarhoneybaby - 2004)
Ladbrokes.com EBF (Fillies) H'cap (Sharisse - 2010)
Derrinstown Stud EBF Birdcatcher Nursery (Knock Stars - 2010)
Specsavers Ulster Derby (Green Lassy (FR) - 2004)
United Arab Emirates H'cap (Vivacious Vivienne - 2010)
Arthur's Day H'cap (Drunken Sailor - 2009)
Ballylinch Stud 1,000 Guineas Trial Stks (Group 3) (Hydrangea - 2017)
TheTote.com Eyrefield Stakes (Group 3) (Flag Of Honour - 2017)
Crown Paints H'cap (Davorin (JPN) - 2005)
Crown Paints H'cap (Babble On - 2004)
Newmarket H'cap (Sciatin - 2008)
Unicorn Homes H'cap (Kingsdale Ocean - 2006)
Kelly's Bar Marbella H'cap (Chained Emotion - 2005)
Ladbrokes.com H'cap (Lake Pontchartrain - 2007)
Derrinstown Stud Apprentice Derby (Jumbo Rio - 2008)
Pinewood H'cap (Monteriggioni - 2008)
Summer Barbeque Evenings H'cap (Russian Empress - 2008)
Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies H'cap (Tara's Gift - 2004)
*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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