Seamus Heffernan

Date of birth: July 17, 1972

County of origin: Kildare

First winner: Annsfield Lady (PJ Finn) Dundalk, 10th August, 1988

Significant horses (Selected): Anthony Van Dyck, Capri, Highland Reel, Was, Beckett, Imagine, Soldier Of Fortune, Frozen Fire, So You Think, Cape Blanco, Septimus, Halfway To Heaven, Misty For Me, Dylan Thomas, Seventh Heaven, Galileo, Brave Anna, Crusade, U S Navy Flag, Again, Minding, Beckett, Power, Pedro The Great, Caravaggio, Diamondsandrubies. 

Assoc. Trainers: Aidan O'Brien

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From Donore, Caragh, County Kildare, Seamus Heffernan is one of the most successful Irish jockeys of all time. His first introduction to horse racing came at the stables of Arthur Moore but he served his apprenticeship with Jim Bolger. He shared the title of Champion Apprentice with Daragh O'Donoghue in 1994 and finished runner-up to Pat Smullen in the same championship the following season.

He first linked up with the Aidan O'Brien stable in 1996 and has ridden an array of big-race winners for Ballydoyle. Seamus won the Epsom Derby on Anthony Van Dyck in June 2019 and the Epsom Oaks on Was in 2012. He scored his first win at the Breeders' Cup when taking the Longines Breeders' Cup Turf on the O'Brien-trained Highland Reel at Santa Anita in 2016. 

Seamus has enjoyed big-race success closer to home with the likes of Capri (2017), Frozen Fire (2008), Soldier Of Fortune (2007) in the Irish Derby and Imagine (2001), Halfway To Heaven (2008) and Misty For Me (2011) are his Irish 1,000 Guineas winners. He landed the Irish Oaks on Seventh Heaven in 2016 and the Irish St Leger on Septimus in 2008.

Cape Blanco in 2010 and So You think (2011) both brought him Irish Champion Stakes success. 

SeasonRuns1st2nd3rd4thWin MoneyPlace MoneyTotal *
Winter All Weather 2019/2020202201€13,800€8,490€22,290
Winter All Weather 2018/2019555735€43,125€24,825€67,950
Winter All Weather 2017/2018170222€0€23,350€23,350
Winter All Weather 2016/2017381235€6,875€11,525€18,400
Winter All Weather 2015/2016535456€34,300€13,365€47,665
Winter All Weather 2014/2015531231€5,250€5,885€11,135
Winter All Weather 2013/2014614742€25,550€14,410€39,960
Winter All Weather 2012/2013544006€19,320€2,280€21,600
Winter All Weather 2011/2012655369€29,820€14,138€43,958
National Hunt 2008/200942000€17,150€2,200€19,350
National Hunt 2007/200810001€0€600€600
National Hunt 2006/200710000€0€0€0
National Hunt 2005/200620010€0€1,160€1,160
National Hunt 2004/2005181123€8,400€7,190€15,590
National Hunt 2003/2004214120€42,500€3,710€46,210
Flat 201936120293229€397,913€879,875€1,277,788
Flat 201840447403941€1,090,675€832,613€1,923,288
Flat 201740740454435€1,539,613€880,948€2,420,560
Flat 201636557424140€1,312,925€425,504€1,738,429
Flat 201529431232327€864,750€518,750€1,383,500
Flat 201432129362829€404,520€480,408€884,928
Flat 201332129392925€457,650€663,995€1,121,645
Flat 201232017273534€304,350€416,860€721,210
Flat 201141940354336€1,374,040€593,218€1,967,258
Flat 201045635273842€886,575€395,280€1,281,855
Flat 200948223333844€301,525€612,758€914,283
Flat 200853448513837€2,112,130€517,775€2,629,905
Flat 200762576486664€2,353,995€1,054,685€3,408,680
Flat 200645733383642€576,360€381,640€958,000
Flat 200548935513722€546,660€415,920€962,580
Flat 200452228434353€414,245€486,195€900,440
Flat 200349844494743€542,680€603,046€1,145,726
Flat 200247532453438€635,930€667,552€1,303,482
Flat 200142638363339€659,205€553,137€1,212,341
Flat 200032126213119€386,947€417,760€804,707
Flat 199922518272020€145,715€216,242€361,957
Flat 199821515112216€129,831€166,587€296,418

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