Derek O'Connor

County of origin: Galway 

Assoc. Trainers: Joseph O'Brien, Eugene O’Sullivan, Robert Tyner, Gordon Elliott, Charles Byrnes, Pat Doyle, Colin McKeever, Paurick O'Connor.  

Significant horses (selected): Edwulf, Any Second Now, Zemsky, Minella Rocco, Chicago Grey, Kilcruit, Joe Blake, Gonebeyondrecall, Coolnahilla, Reine Des Reines, Death Duty, Vision Des Flos, Rapid Deployment, Balnaslow, Top Twig, Tyrone Golden Rain, Media Queen. 

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From Tubber, County Galway, Derek O’Connor has long been recognised as one of the best amateur jockeys Ireland has ever produced. As well as being a potent force when riding under rules, being crowned Champion Amateur in the 2003/04 season and riding a notable double at the Cheltenham Festival in 2011, Derek has rewritten the record books in point-to-points on numerous occasions and has won more races than any other rider in that sphere.

He became the first rider to notch up his 1,000 point-to-point winners when successful on the Pat Doyle-trained Death Duty in February of 2015. Derek has three Cheltenham Festival winners to his name. He won the National Hunt Chase for a second time when partnering Jonjo O’Neill’s Minella Rocco to success in 2016 but memorably rode two winners at the 2011 festival, taking the National Hunt Chase on Chicago Grey and the Foxhunters’ Chase on Zemsky. Derek brought his Cheltenham Festival tally to four when winning the 2019 Kim Muir Handicap Chase on the Ted Walsh-trained Any Second Now. 

Aside from his victories at the Cheltenham Festival, Derek is no stranger to notable success at the biggest Irish racecourses. His biggest winner came at Leopardstown in February, 2018 where he won the Unibet Irish Gold Cup on the Joseph O'Brien-trained Edwulf for which he won the inaugural Horse Racing Ireland 'Ride of the Year' Award. Derek O'Connor rode his 1200th point-to-point winner on Nelly's Money for Robert Tyner at Dromahane on December 30, 2018. 

Derek won the Grade 1 Champion Bumper at the Punchestown Festival for the first time on the Willie Mullins-trained Kilcruit in April 2021. 

SeasonRuns1st2nd3rd4thWin MoneyPlace MoneyTotal *
National Hunt 2022/2023477556€64,200€24,340€88,540
National Hunt 2021/202211414161912€96,300€112,470€208,770
National Hunt 2020/202110311151412€123,000€89,565€212,565
National Hunt 2019/202068127116€118,125€64,513€182,638
National Hunt 2018/201910719151411€207,031€100,163€307,194
National Hunt 2017/2018931010169€179,375€74,638€254,013
National Hunt 2016/2017453468€89,375€27,338€116,713
National Hunt 2015/2016366436€49,263€13,370€62,633
National Hunt 2014/2015676796€36,400€36,305€72,705
National Hunt 2013/20144951055€32,550€24,235€56,785
National Hunt 2012/2013765948€34,650€35,520€70,170
National Hunt 2011/2012438314€58,350€9,155€67,505
National Hunt 2010/2011432321€12,250€15,355€27,605
National Hunt 2009/201065410104€22,050€37,368€59,418
National Hunt 2008/2009716524€55,150€12,040€67,190
National Hunt 2007/20087761068€56,700€39,885€96,585
National Hunt 2006/2007546844€89,850€55,075€144,925
National Hunt 2005/20069814868€127,200€44,510€171,710
National Hunt 2004/200597111289€76,650€37,495€114,145
National Hunt 2003/200414131171611€277,900€82,160€360,060
National Hunt 2002/2003696936€100,300€26,125€126,425
National Hunt 2001/2002150202€0€6,127€6,127
National Hunt 2000/2001180010€0€863€863

Venue
Date From
Date To
Horse
Race Type
Distance
Place
Weight
Rating
Pattern/Listed
Venue Date Horse Race Type Distance Place Weight Rating Race Pattern/ Listed Prize Money
Thurles 24/11/22 Draco Pulchrac MdnHdl 2m 33yds 13 11-5 Start Christmas Here (QR) M'dn H'dle
Fairyhouse 15/11/22 Owl Creek Bridge HcpCh 2m 7f 160yds p.u. 11-9 102 Ireland V Britain (Q.R.) H'cap S'chase
Fairyhouse 15/11/22 Zaidi (FR) NHF 2m 2 12-0 Fairyhouse P-To-P INH Flat Race €2,000
Sligo 21/10/22 Western Flyer NHF 2m 2f 6 12-0 Lough Gill INH Flat Race €210
Cork 16/10/22 Glendars Mahler NHF 2m 3f 6 11-0 Paschal Brennan (Pro-Am) INH Flat Race €220
Punchestown 12/10/22 A Piece Of Heaven (FR) NHF 2m 4 11-0 Punchestown INH Flat Race €575
Punchestown 11/10/22 Gilt Ride NHF 2m 60yds 6 11-11 Irish Stall. Farms EBF (M) INH Flat Race €220
Fairyhouse 08/10/22 Hazelhatch Lady MdnHdl 2m 4f p.u. 11-7 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (M) M'dn H'dle
Fairyhouse 08/10/22 Chainofconsequence NHF 2m 3 11-10 The Irish Stallion Farms EBF Auction Fla €1,500
Galway 04/10/22 Wasthatok (GB) NHF 2m 160yds 4 11-7 Student Raceday 31 October INH Flat Race €500
Tipperary 02/10/22 Della Casa Lunga NHF 2m 4 11-5 Peppermill (Fillies) INH Flat Race €525
Gowran Park 30/09/22 Troubled Times NHF 2m 1 11-8 ISF EBF Mucklemeg (Mares) INH Flat Race (Listed) Listed €18,000
Clonmel 29/09/22 Glendars Mahler NHF 2m 160yds 3 11-7 Clonmel INH Flat Race €1,000
Roscommon 26/09/22 Kippers Company NHF 1m 7f 78yds 9 11-7 Roscommon On-Course Vets INH Flat Race
Listowel 24/09/22 Mica Malpic (FR) HcpCh 3m 1 11-10 108 John & Terry Moriarty (QR) H'cap S'chase €7,500
Listowel 23/09/22 Longhouse Force HcpHdl 3m b.d. 11-2 83 Guinness H'cap H'dle (Div 2)
Listowel 23/09/22 Guiri (GER) F 1m 6f 3 11-0 97 Listowel Failte Abhaile (Q.R.) Race €1,550
Listowel 23/09/22 Gilt Ride NHF 2m 3 11-11 Shanahan Ir. EBF (M) (P-A) INH Flat Race €1,200
Listowel 19/09/22 Fiveonefive NHF 2m 6 11-7 Eric Browne Memorial INH Flat Race €230
Ballinrobe 09/09/22 This Songisforyou (USA) NHF 2m 2 11-7 OCL Laundry INH Flat Race €2,300
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*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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