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 2020/2021182102€11,400€5,850€17,250
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
Listowel 20/09/20 Corbin NHF 2m 5 12-2 Kerry Group (Pro/Am) INH Flat Race €270
Listowel 20/09/20 Pour Sioux HcpHdl 2m 4f 6 11-8 103 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (M) H'cap H'dle (Div 2) €270
Tramore 17/09/20 No Reaction NHF 2m 4 11-5 Irish Stall Farms EBF (M) INH Flat Race €500
Punchestown 09/09/20 Youwontsnatchmenow NHF 2m 150yds 7 11-2 Irish Stall. Farms EBF (M) INH Flat Race
Punchestown 09/09/20 Knockmoylan NHF 2m 150yds 2 12-2 Swordlestown (C & G) INH Flat Race €1,800
Punchestown 08/09/20 Monas Melody NHF 2m 150yds 1 11-7 Irish Stall. Farms EBF (F) INH Flat Race €6,000
Punchestown 08/09/20 Sin A Bhfuil NHF 2m 150yds 5 11-9 Swordlestown (C & G) INH Flat Race €270
Ballinrobe 06/09/20 Warreedy HcpHdl 2m 6f 43yds 1 11-0 81 McHale Orbital Bale Wrapper H'cap H'dle €5,400
Ballinrobe 24/08/20 Monas Melody NHF 2m 7 11-7 Ir. Stallion Farms EBF (F) INH Flat Race
Killarney 22/08/20 Furkhan (FR) NHF 2m 1f 5 11-9 BoyleSports (Pro-Am) INH Flat Race €300
Sligo 19/08/20 Eric Carmen NHF 2m 2f 4 11-9 Sligo Races INH Flat Race €450
Galway 27/07/20 De Name Escapes Me Hcp 2m 179yds 6 11-1 85 Connacht Hotel (QR) H'cap €1,500
Tramore 25/07/20 Knockwilliambridge NHF 2m 5 12-2 Visit Waterford Greenway INH Flat Race €270
Kilbeggan 10/07/20 No Promises NHF 2m 7 12-2 Mullingar INH Flat Race
Bellewstown 08/07/20 Laureldean Cross NHF 2m 129yds 8 11-3 Champions @ Tattersalls INH Flat Race
Navan 03/07/20 Pike County Mdn 2m 6 11-12 Bettystown (Q.R.) M'dn €220
Tipperary 26/06/20 Blue Ribbon (GB) NHF 2m 12 12-2 Emly (C&G) INH Flat Race
Limerick 22/06/20 Elusive Specimen NHF 2m 100yds 7 11-9 Cappamore (C & G) INH Flat Race
Thurles 21/03/20 Cool Petra (GB) NHF 1m 7f 177yds 12 11-2 (P-Am) INH Flat Race
Navan 14/03/20 Don't Tell Allen NHF 2m 4 12-0 Racing March 28th (Pro-Am) INH Flat Race €525

*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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