Niall Madden

County of origin: Kildare

First winner: Teknash (Niall Madden) Wexford, July 12, 2002

Final winner: The Long Mile (Philip Dempsey) Limerick, December 28, 2020

Champion Amateur Rider: 2004/05

Grand National winner: Numbersixvervalde (Martin Brassil) Aintree, April 8, 2006

Significant horses (Selected): Numbersixvalverde, Jazz Messenger, Nickname, Arch Rebel, Henryville, War Of Attrition, The Hurl, Carthalawn, Cailin Alainn, Liskennett, Orbit O'Gold, Toofarback, Pearly Jack, Parsons Pistol, Fisher Bridge, Crossed My Mind, De Name Escapes Me, Some Article, Pass The Ball, Princeton Plains, Knockfierna, The Long Mile, Ambobo, A New Story, Rockall Blizzard, Teknash.

Did you know:

From Naas, County Kildare, Grand National winning jockey Niall Madden, who retired from the saddle after an 18-year career on New Year's Eve, 2020, will be remembered for plenty more than his Aintree heroics.

He began his career in racing in the amateur ranks and was crowned champion amateur with 39 winners in the 2004/05 season. As an amateur rider, he scored notable wins on the likes of the Arthur Moore-trained Marcus Du Berlais, the Michael Grassick-trained Pixie Dust and Noel Meade’s Arch Rebel which landed the Grade 2 Durkan New Homes Juvenile Hurdle at Leopardstown on St Stephen's Day, 2004. However, the crowning glory of his amateur days came in January 2005 at Gowran Park where he won the Thyestes Chase on the Martin Brassil-trained Numbersixvalverde.

Niall relinquished his amateur status at the beginning of the 2005/2006 season and rode his first winner as a professional on the Noel Meade-trained Ballintra Boy at Wexford in May 2005. Just two months later, he captured the Guinness Galway Hurdle on Meade’s More Rainbows and in November of the same year, Niall won the Cork Grand National on the Michael Hourigan-trained A New Story.

His old friend Numbersixvalverde gave him his greatest day in the saddle when winning the Aintree Grand National the following April. Indeed 2006 was a year to remember for Madden. He rode two Grade 1 winners during his career and they came in the space of 24 hours. He landed the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton Park on St Stephen's Day on the Noel Meade-trained Jazz Messenger and returned to Leopardstown the following afternoon to win the Paddy Power Dial-A-Bet Chase on Martin Brassil’s Nickname.

Niall rode 10 Grade 2 winners, five Grade 3 winners and enjoyed significant success in a number of high-profile handicaps, notably in the Tote Munster National Handicap Chase at Limerick on the David Fitzgerald-trained Pearly Jack in 2006, the Barrack Homes Pat Taaffe Handicap Chase at the Punchestown festival in 2007 on the Michael Cullen-trained American Jennie, the Handicap Hurdle at Fairyhouse’s Easter Festival on the Noel Meade-trained Fisher Bridge in 2009 and a second Pat Taaffe Handicap Chase at Punchestown in the same year, this time on the Martin Brassil-trained Ambobo. He won big handicap hurdles on the Tom Mullins-trained Some Article at both the Fairyhouse and Punchestown festivals in 2015.  

Niall rode his final winner on the Philip Dempsey-trained The Long Mile at Limerick on December 28, 2020 and called time on his career three days later at Punchestown saying, “This is my local track. I had my first ride here back so it was great to start and finish my career at Punchestown. Winning the Grand National aboard Numbersixvalverde was obviously the major highlight and to ride two Grade 1 winners – Jazz Messenger and Nickname – was huge as well.”

SeasonRuns1st2nd3rd4thWin MoneyPlace MoneyTotal *
Winter All Weather 2019/202010000€0€0€0
Winter All Weather 2015/201610000€0€0€0
Winter All Weather 2014/201510000€0€0€0
Winter All Weather 2013/201430000€0€0€0
Winter All Weather 2012/2013101221€4,480€5,500€9,980
Winter All Weather 2011/201261001€3,920€500€4,420
National Hunt 2020/2021594544€62,700€23,135€85,835
National Hunt 2019/202015551363€38,450€86,915€125,365
National Hunt 2018/20191016538€118,125€46,100€164,225
National Hunt 2017/2018192201€13,750€6,875€20,625
National Hunt 2016/2017899843€78,063€26,888€104,950
National Hunt 2015/201618354813€53,320€39,045€92,365
National Hunt 2014/20151588385€125,590€36,920€162,510
National Hunt 2013/20142129121413€89,220€87,840€177,060
National Hunt 2012/201326720171316€188,830€81,225€270,055
National Hunt 2011/201230819171618€215,175€95,095€310,270
National Hunt 2010/201131925141614€267,175€69,788€336,963
National Hunt 2009/201033233212119€298,870€120,598€419,468
National Hunt 2008/200943526372738€383,120€213,782€596,902
National Hunt 2007/200852630414230€391,800€254,478€646,278
National Hunt 2006/200749836453942€572,070€325,325€897,395
National Hunt 2005/200641730372834€440,480€226,435€666,915
Flat 201971001€7,813€875€8,688
Flat 2016121010€6,875€2,163€9,038
Flat 201520000€0€0€0
Flat 201420000€0€0€0
Flat 201350100€0€1,275€1,275
Flat 201280001€0€400€400
Flat 201151000€3,920€0€3,920
Flat 201040001€0€388€388
Flat 200971000€5,600€0€5,600
Flat 2008342223€12,950€6,555€19,505
Flat 2007610643€0€46,330€46,330
Flat 2006432233€46,950€7,470€54,420
Flat 2005641264€7,700€17,520€25,220

Date From
Date To
Race Type
Venue Date Horse Race Type Distance Place Weight Rating Race Pattern/ Listed Prize Money
Punchestown 31/12/20 Rich Belief (GB) MdnHdl 2m 50yds 11 11-2 Tote Supporting Punchestown 3YO Mdn Hdle
Limerick 28/12/20 Young Ted NovHdl 2m 7f 5 11-5 128 Lyons Of Limerick Jaguar Novice H'dle (Grade 2) Grade 2 €1,050
Limerick 28/12/20 The Long Mile (GB) HcpCh 2m 3f 160yds 1 10-8 133 Tim Duggan Memorial H'cap S'chase (Grade B) Grade B €24,000
Limerick 26/12/20 Dawson's Gate HcpCh 2m 1f 160yds p.u. 11-2 99 Mr. Binman H'cap S'chase
Naas 14/12/20 Ego Des Mottes (FR) HcpCh 2m 18 12-0 109 Naas Nursery Of Champions H'cap S'chase
Punchestown 11/12/20 Encore Lui (FR) BegCh 2m 14 12-0 GAIN Support Laois GAA Beginners S'chase
Punchestown 11/12/20 Go All The Way (GB) MdnHdl 2m 100yds 12 12-0 Punchestown M'dn H'dle
Tramore 10/12/20 It's Only A Number HcpCh 2m 5f 100yds 3 12-0 95 Lady’s Cove H'cap S'chase €900
Punchestown 08/12/20 Beagh Castle MdnHdl 2m 130yds 16 12-0 Irish Racing Industry Fundraiser Mdn Hdl
Navan 05/12/20 Crossed My Mind HcpCh 2m 4f 1 10-0 124 Foxrock H'cap S'chase (Grade B) Grade B €24,000
Fairyhouse 29/11/20 Mon Lino (FR) HcpCh 3m 5f p.u. 10-1 126 BARONERACING.COM Porterstown Hcap Schase (Grade B) Grade B
Fairyhouse 29/11/20 Hearts Are Trumps HcpHdl 2m 7 11-3 136 Bar One Racing Extra Places H'cap H'dle (Grade A) Grade A
Thurles 26/11/20 Killybegs Junior MdnHdl 1m 7f 187yds 7 11-4 Thurles M'dn H'dle
Naas 21/11/20 Daughter Of Oscar MdnHdl 2m 16 11-7 Dimond Walsh Hospitality M'dn H'dle
Naas 21/11/20 Beagh Castle MdnHdl 2m 3f fell 12-0 Irish Stallion Owners EBF M'dn H'dle
Clonmel 12/11/20 Mon Lino (FR) HcpHdl 3m 2 11-0 122 Clonmel Oil Service Station H'cap H'dle €4,200
Navan 08/11/20 Encore Lui (FR) BegCh 2m 1f 13 12-0 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Beg. S'chase
Navan 08/11/20 Pairc Na Ngael HcpHdl 2m 17 10-7 105 Ladbrokes Best Odds Guaranteed Hcap Hdle
Thurles 05/11/20 Crossed My Mind HcpCh 2m 2f 1 11-3 116 Littleton H'cap S'chase €8,700
Cork 01/11/20 Killybegs Junior MdnHdl 2m 4 11-9 Paddy's Super Enhancements M'dn H'dle (Div 2) €600

*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).