Darragh O'Keeffe

Date of Birth: March 21, 2000

County of origin: Cork

First winner: William Du Berlais (Enda Bolger) Killarney, July 17, 2018

Assoc. Trainers: Enda Bolger, Henry De Bromhead

Significant horses (selected): A Plus Tard, William Du Berlais, Ballyoisin, Deor, The Gatechecker, All The Answers, Sayce Gold. 

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From Doneraile, County Cork, Darragh was 18 years of age when he rode his first winner on the Enda Bolger-trained William Du Berlais at Killarney in July, 2018. His career was well and truly up and running when partnered the same horse to win again just five days later at Tipperary.

Another owned by JP McManus, Ballyoisin, gave Darragh notable early success when winning the €100,000 Ladbrokes Ireland Listowel Handicap Hurdle at the Listowel festival in September of the same year. 

Darragh rode his 60th winner and rode out his claim when landing the Cork Grand National on the Michael Hourigan-trained The Gatechecker in early November, 2019. 

Darragh became champion conditional jockey for the 2019/2020 season. He won the title with a record 45 winners, one more than Jack Kennedy’s winning total in the 2015/2016 season. O’Keeffe finished five winners clear of Kevin Brouder with both jockeys riding out their claims during the season. In addition to his big Cork success on The Gatechecker, Darragh also enjoyed notable victories on the Joseph O'Brien-trained All The Answers, one of his three Galway festival winners, and Enda Bolger’s Ballyoisin, in a season cut short by the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Darragh rode his first Grade 3 winner when taking the Kerry Group Stayers Novice Hurdle on the Michael Winters-trained Sayce Gold at Cork on Sunday, December 6, 2020. 

Better was to come at the Leopardstown Christmas Festival three weeks later where Darragh enjoyed his first Grade 1 success on the Henry De Bromhead-trained A Plus Tard in the Savills Chase. It was his first ride in a Grade 1 race.  

SeasonRuns1st2nd3rd4thWin MoneyPlace MoneyTotal *
Winter All Weather 2020/202130110€0€3,000€3,000
Winter All Weather 2019/202040000€0€0€0
National Hunt 2020/202149940414445€471,300€248,810€720,110
National Hunt 2019/202041448435523€459,213€331,895€791,108
National Hunt 2018/201913514979€171,719€78,988€250,706
National Hunt 2017/201860010€0€1,000€1,000
Flat 202120000€0€0€0
Flat 2020341014€6,000€3,700€9,700
Flat 2019151011€6,600€2,480€9,080
Flat 201760000€0€0€0

Date From
Date To
Race Type
Venue Date Horse Race Type Distance Place Weight Rating Race Pattern/ Listed Prize Money
Limerick 15/04/21 Tidal Racer (GB) MdnHdl 2m 10 11-9 Broadford M'dn H'dle
Limerick 15/04/21 War God MdnHdl 2m 1 12-0 110 Kilmallock (C&G) M'dn H'dle
Limerick 15/04/21 Four Horsemen HcpHdl 2m 5f 2 11-4 85 Newcastlewest H'cap H'dle (Div 1)
Limerick 15/04/21 Esthers Marvel HcpHdl 2m 5f 2 11-3 84 Newcastlewest H'cap H'dle (Div 2)
Fairyhouse 13/04/21 Highstreet Roller MdnHdl 2m 3 11-9 106 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares M'dn Hdle €1,400
Fairyhouse 13/04/21 Shumaker NovCh 2m 5f 50yds 5 11-2 125 Follow Fairyhouse Rated Novice S'chase €480
Fairyhouse 13/04/21 Agent Boru HcpCh 2m 5f 50yds 2 11-13 115 Free Racecourse Wi-Fi Fairyhouse Hcp Sch €2,200
Fairyhouse 13/04/21 Majavango MdnHdl 2m 4f fell 12-0 www.fairyhouse.ie M'dn H'dle (Div 1)
Fairyhouse 05/04/21 Fitzhenry HcpCh 3m 5f 50yds 16 10-8 137 BoyleSports Irish Grand National S'chase (Grade A) Grade A
Fairyhouse 05/04/21 Lariat (GB) HcpHdl 2m 13 10-8 107 Farmhouse Foods Novice H'cap H'dle
Fairyhouse 05/04/21 Bold Emperor HcpHdl 2m 6f 5 9-12 107 Fairyhouse Steel H'cap H'dle €630
Fairyhouse 05/04/21 Foxy Jacks HcpCh 3m 150yds 6 11-6 130 Fred Kenny Service To Racing Hcap Schase €420
Fairyhouse 04/04/21 Rhythm Divine NovHdl 2m 4f p.u. 11-9 134 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (M) Novice Hdle (Grade 1) Grade 1
Fairyhouse 04/04/21 I'm A Game Changer NovCh 2m 4f 7 11-12 139 The Underwriting Exchange Novice S'chase (Grade 1) Grade 1
Fairyhouse 04/04/21 Suprise Package (GB) MdnHdl 2m 2 12-0 Ryan's Cleaning & Recycling M'dn H'dle €2,400
Fairyhouse 04/04/21 Shakespeare's Word (GB) HcpHdl 2m 4f 9 10-12 111 Cawley Furniture Novice H'cap H'dle
Fairyhouse 04/04/21 Razzle Dazzle Love NovHdl 2m 8 10-13 125 Paddy Kehoe Suspended Ceilings Nov. Hdle (Grade 2) Grade 2
Fairyhouse 04/04/21 Exit Poll HcpCh 2m 150yds fell 11-5 134 BoyleSports Novice H'cap S'chase (Grade B) Grade B
Fairyhouse 03/04/21 Great Bear (GB) HcpHdl 2m 4 10-6 123 Rybo H'cap H'dle (Grade A) Grade A €4,000
Fairyhouse 03/04/21 Demi Plie Ch 2m 5f 2 10-13 132 Download The BoyleSports App (M) S'chase (Listed) Listed €4,500

*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).

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