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, 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. 

SeasonRuns1st2nd3rd4thWin MoneyPlace MoneyTotal *
National Hunt 2020/2021535854€28,800€35,050€63,850
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 25/02/21 Outback Flyer NHF 2m 103yds 11 11-10 Irish Stallion Farms EBF(M)INH Flat Race
Navan 21/02/21 Shantreusse NHF 1m 7f 170yds 2 12-1 Flower Hill (Pro-Am) INH Flat Race €2,000
Punchestown 14/02/21 Shady Operator Ch 3m 1f 1 11-6 129 P.P.Hogan Memorial Cross Country S'chase €6,000
Naas 13/02/21 Maries Memories NHF 1m 7f 120yds 12 11-2 Tipper Road (Pro-Am) INH Flat Race
Leopardstown 07/02/21 Take Tea NHF 2m 6 11-8 Coolmore NH Sires EBF (M) INH Flat Race (Grade 2) Grade 2 €2,000
Leopardstown 06/02/21 Noble Yeats NHF 2m 6 11-13 Goffs Future Stars (C&G) INH Flat Race (Grade 2) Grade 2 €2,000
Naas 31/01/21 Staker Wallace Ch 3m 170yds 2 12-2 Naas Hunters S'chase €2,700
Gowran Park 28/01/21 Perceval Legallois (FR) NHF 2m 1 11-9 P.J. Foley Memorial INH Flat Race €6,000
Thurles 27/01/21 Dukes Mill NHF 2m 3f 57yds 6 11-9 Thurles (Pro-Am) INH Flat Race (Div 2) €200
Thurles 27/01/21 Sir Jack West NHF 2m 3f 57yds 6 12-0 Thurles (Pro-Am) INH Flat Race (Div 1) €200
Punchestown 18/01/21 Rebel Rose NHF 2m 6 11-9 I.S.F. EBF (Mares) INH Flat Race €220
Punchestown 17/01/21 Fairly Legal HcpCh 3m 1f fell 11-8 124 Total Event Rental (QR) H'cap S'chase
Cork 02/01/21 Angels Dawn NHF 2m 3 11-11 Irish EBF (M) (Pro-Am) INH Flat Race €1,100
Punchestown 31/12/20 Angels Dawn NHF 2m 2f 2 11-11 ISF EBF (Mares) (Pro-Am) INH Flat Race €2,000
Naas 14/12/20 Norwigi NHF 2m 7 11-11 I.S.F. EBF (Mares) INH Flat Race
Fairyhouse 12/12/20 Presentingnewyork NHF 2m 2 11-9 Irish Stall. Farms EBF (F) INH Flat Race €2,000
Punchestown 11/12/20 Ambitious Fellow NHF 2m 100yds 8 11-11 The Old House, Kill (P-Am) INH Flat Race
Navan 05/12/20 Kalkas (FR) MdnHdl 2m 4f 5 11-10 Hotel Park St Johann Tirol M'dn H'dle (Div 1) €360
Navan 05/12/20 Knockmoylan NHF 2m 4 12-2 Racing Industry Fundraiser INH Flat Race €450
Fairyhouse 10/11/20 Sliabh Mhuire Lass Ch 2m 7f 110yds 2 11-11 93 Berkshire @ Kedrah (M) Hunters S'chase €1,800
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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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