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 2021/20226199117€57,600€35,880€93,480
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

Date From
Date To
Race Type
Venue Date Horse Race Type Distance Place Weight Rating Race Pattern/ Listed Prize Money
Wexford 25/10/21 Western Flyer NHF 2m 100yds 3 12-2 BetVictor (C&G) (Pro-Am) INH Flat Race €1,000
Galway 23/10/21 Halligator (FR) NHF 2m 90yds 2 11-9 COLM QUINN BMW (Pro-Am) INH Flat Race €2,000
Punchestown 13/10/21 Esperti NHF 2m 4 11-9 Lengthen Odds BetVictor INH Flat Race €550
Punchestown 12/10/21 First Touch HcpCh 2m 7f 200yds 2 11-10 105 Ladbrokes (QR) H'cap S'chase €2,200
Fairyhouse 09/10/21 Ambitious Fellow NHF 2m 1 12-2 The Irish Stallion Farms EBF Auction Fla €9,000
Galway 05/10/21 Fantastic Allen (FR) MdnHdl 2m 3f 19yds 9 12-0 BetVictor M'dn H'dle
Tipperary 03/10/21 Birdsandthebees NHF 2m 4 11-7 Irish Stall Farms EBF (P-A)(F) Flat Race €550
Gowran Park 01/10/21 Outback Flyer NHF 2m 10 11-4 ISF EBF Mucklemeg (Mares) INH Flat Race (Listed) Listed
Clonmel 30/09/21 Bubbles In May NHF 2m 160yds 7 11-9 Clonmel INH Flat Race
Roscommon 27/09/21 Ballyglass NHF 1m 7f 89yds 2 11-9 Knockcroghery INH Flat Race €2,000
Listowel 25/09/21 Goodnightngodbless HcpCh 3m 3 11-7 108 John & Terry Moriarty (QR) H'cap S'chase €1,100
Listowel 24/09/21 Rocco Bay NHF 2m 3 11-11 Irish EBF (Mares) (Pro-Am) INH Flat Race €1,100
Listowel 22/09/21 Salvador Ziggy NHF 2m 4f 1 12-2 Listowel Vintners Assoc. INH Flat Race €6,000
Listowel 22/09/21 Fantastic Allen (FR) MdnHdl 2m 10 12-0 McSweeney Brothers M'dn H'dle (Div 2)
Listowel 20/09/21 Esperti NHF 2m 1 11-9 Buckley Agri & McHale INH Flat Race €6,000
Listowel 19/09/21 Whispering Chance NHF 2m 9 12-2 Kerry Group (Pro-Am) INH Flat Race
Navan 18/09/21 Conna Cottage NHF 1m 7f 170yds 4 12-2 BarOneRacing (Pro-Am) INH Flat Race €500
Sligo 15/09/21 Warreedy HcpCh 3m 1f 150yds 4 11-10 91 Riverstown H'cap S'chase €500
Ballinrobe 10/09/21 Merlin Giant (FR) NHF 2m 1 11-2 Eamon Sheridan Groundworks INH Flat Race €6,600
Galway 06/09/21 Brandy Harbour (GB) HcpHdl 2m 5f 87yds 7 11-2 83 The Galway H'cap H'dle (Div 1)

*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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