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. 

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. 

SeasonRuns1st2nd3rd4thWin MoneyPlace MoneyTotal *
National Hunt 2020/202127545383739€651,000€358,475€1,009,475
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 05/03/21 Newtown Pery MdnHdl 2m 5 10-13 Fairyhouse/ Dunboyne Castle M'dn H'dle (Div 2)
Clonmel 04/03/21 Encore Lui (FR) HcpCh 2m 4f 4 11-11 99 Fethard H'cap S'chase
Clonmel 04/03/21 Marshalled HcpCh 2m 7f 2 12-0 102 Rosegreen H'cap S'chase
Gowran Park 02/03/21 Fit To Be Tied HcpHdl 2m 4f 8 11-0 113 Holden Plant Rentals H'cap H'dle
Gowran Park 02/03/21 Fit To Be Tied Ch 2m 4f 8 11-0 113 Red Mills S'chase (Grade 2) Grade 2
Punchestown 01/03/21 Golf Marin (FR) MdnHdl 2m 39yds 3 11-6 Punchestown Different Colour M'dn H'dle (Div 2) €1,000
Naas 28/02/21 Pont Du Gard (FR) MdnHdl 1m 7f 101yds 2 11-13 Paddy Power Livestream M'dn H'dle (Div 1) €2,400
Naas 28/02/21 Genois (FR) MdnHdl 1m 7f 101yds 1 11-13 Paddy Power Livestream M'dn H'dle (Div 2) €7,200
Naas 28/02/21 School Boy Hours HcpCh 2m 4f 90yds 4 11-6 135 Paddy Power Podcast Novice H'cap S'chase (Grade B) Grade B €2,000
Naas 28/02/21 Call A Cab HcpHdl 1m 7f 101yds 17 10-13 118 Paddy's Rewards Club H'cap H'dle
Fairyhouse 27/02/21 Ten Ten HcpHdl 2m 4f 2 11-0 124 Tommy Carberry H'cap H'dle €4,200
Fairyhouse 27/02/21 Bella Ballerina Hdl 2m fell 11-7 Norman Colfer Winning Fair Juvenile Hdle (Grade 3) Grade 3
Fairyhouse 27/02/21 Darasso (FR) Hdl 2m 3 11-2 145 Red Mills Trial H'dle (Grade 3) Grade 3 €2,750
Fairyhouse 27/02/21 Anibale Fly (FR) Ch 3m 1f 110yds 5 11-2 150