Mark Walsh

Date of Birth: March 23, 1986

County of origin: Kildare

First winner: Shrug (Marcus Callaghan) Punchestown, September 29, 2002

First Grade 1 winner: Defy Logic (Paul Nolan), Leopardstown, December 26, 2013. 

Significant horses (Selected): Espoir D'allen, Jezki, Simply Ned, Carlingford Lough, Aramax, Bleu Berry, Captain Cee Bee, Gilgamboa, Kitten Rock, Sort It Out, Glenfinn Captain, Aranleigh, See U Bob, Bob Lingo, Stocktons Wing, Double Seven, Defy Logic, Little King Robin, Free Expression, P’Tit Fute, Shattered Love, City Island, Unowhatimeanharry, Fakir D'oudairies, Janidil, Early Doors, Battleoverdoyen, Vanillier. 

Assoc. Trainers: Gavin Cromwell, Edward O'Grady, Padraig Roche, Enda Bolger, Joseph O'Brien, Tom Mullins, Gordon Elliott, Martin Brassil, Noel Meade, Tony Martin, Willie Mullins

Did you know?

From Clane, County Kildare, Mark Walsh has forged a close association with leading owner JP McManus and is regularly to be seen in the famous green and gold hoops.

He rode his first Grade 1 winner on the McManus-owned Defy Logic at the Leopardstown Christmas festival in 2013. Injury robbed him of a first jockey's championship in the 2014/15 season but he finished the term on a high with success on Jezki in the Grade 1 Ladbrokes World Series Hurdle at the Irish National Hunt Festival at Punchestown.

Mark rode his first Cheltenham Festival winner on the Willie Mullins-trained Bleu Berry in the Coral Cup on March 14, 2018 and his biggest success came on the same stage a year later when he won the Unibet Champion Hurdle on the Gavin Cromwell-trained Espoir D'allen in the McManus colours. He also won the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle at the Festival for trainer Martin Brassil in 2019 and added a fourth Cheltenham success when winning the Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle on the Gordon Elliott-trained Aramax in 2020. 

Mark has ridden four winners on the same card on two occasions, firstly at Limerick on December 1, 2017 and again at Navan on Friday, January 29, 2021 where his four-timer was shared with four different trainers but each of his winners was owned by JP McManus. 

Mark recorded his fifth Cheltenham Festival winner on Vanillier in the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle in 2021. He replaced the injured Jonathan Moore at the 11th hour on the Gavin Cromwell-trained winner. 

SeasonRuns1st2nd3rd4thWin MoneyPlace MoneyTotal *
National Hunt 2020/202131353414146€740,700€429,365€1,170,065
National Hunt 2019/202027345404420€720,900€481,793€1,202,693
National Hunt 2018/201943366675240€1,181,325€632,713€1,814,038
National Hunt 2017/201837951513636€701,563€446,485€1,148,048
National Hunt 2016/201739259424840€688,263€355,800€1,044,063
National Hunt 2015/201641456454350€605,525€291,993€897,518
National Hunt 2014/201539775454032€1,009,115€239,983€1,249,098
National Hunt 2013/201441139414442€494,745€241,825€736,570
National Hunt 2012/201335832363533€507,930€221,100€729,030
National Hunt 2011/201232531213333€316,280€167,275€483,555
National Hunt 2010/201128721193025€190,388€114,675€305,063
National Hunt 2009/201032921272027€174,910€154,885€329,795
National Hunt 2008/200930619131819€237,840€141,325€379,165
National Hunt 2007/2008273841719€82,510€49,888€132,398
National Hunt 2006/200718945911€29,750€26,090€55,840
National Hunt 2005/2006233881110€65,100€59,585€124,685
National Hunt 2004/200525720221919€203,260€128,800€332,060
National Hunt 2003/200417912171613€136,100€97,140€233,240
National Hunt 2002/2003312040€26,300€9,000€35,300
Flat 200440000€0€0€0
Flat 2003160102€0€3,025€3,025
Flat 2002160001€0€450€450

Date From
Date To
Race Type
Venue Date Horse Race Type Distance Place Weight Rating Race Pattern/ Listed Prize Money
Fairyhouse 05/04/21 The Gunner Murphy HcpCh 3m 150yds p.u. 10-10 120 Fred Kenny Service To Racing Hcap Schase
Fairyhouse 05/04/21 Off You Go HcpCh 3m 5f 50yds 6 11-5 148 BoyleSports Irish Grand National S'chase (Grade A) Grade A €8,000
Fairyhouse 04/04/21 Steer Clear HcpCh 2m 150yds 6 10-8 123 BoyleSports Novice H'cap S'chase (Grade B) Grade B €800
Fairyhouse 04/04/21 Andy Dufresne NovCh 2m 4f p.u. 11-12 149 The Underwriting Exchange Novice S'chase (Grade 1) Grade 1
Fairyhouse 04/04/21 Glens Of Antrim NovHdl 2m 4f 4 11-9 129 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (M) Novice Hdle (Grade 1) Grade 1 €5,000
Fairyhouse 04/04/21 Stand Off HcpHdl 2m 4f 1 11-2 115 Cawley Furniture Novice H'cap H'dle €8,700
Fairyhouse 04/04/21 Thedevilscoachman NovHdl 2m 7 11-9 142 Paddy Kehoe Suspended Ceilings Nov. Hdle (Grade 2) Grade 2
Fairyhouse 04/04/21 Gain De Cause (FR) MdnHdl 2m 9 12-0 Ryan's Cleaning & Recycling M'dn H'dle
Fairyhouse 04/04/21 Get My Drift (FR) NovHdl 2m 4f 4 11-7 131 Colm Quinn BMW Novice H'dle (Grade 2) Grade 2 €1,750
Fairyhouse 03/04/21 Magic Tricks (FR) HcpHdl 2m 2 11-1 132 Rybo H'cap H'dle (Grade A) Grade A €16,000