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 2020/202150000€0€220€220
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
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
Gowran Park 07/03/20 Coqolino (FR) NHF 2m 2f 2 12-0 Doc's Bumper PointToPoint INH Flat Race €2,000
Gowran Park 07/03/20 Aloneamongmillions Ch 3m 1f 1 12-0 BoyleSports Tetratema Cup Hunters Schase €9,300
Clonmel 04/03/20 I'm Serious HcpHdl 2m 2f 161yds 5 12-1 92 Kilmolash (QR) H'cap H'dle €300
Dundalk 28/02/20 Politicise Hcp 2m 3 11-3 77 Craic At The Track 13th & 14th (QR) Hcap €1,200
Clonmel 27/02/20 Phillapa Sue NHF 2m 3 11-8 Irish Stallion Farms EBF(M)INH Flat Race €1,100
Thurles 20/02/20 Stand Up And Fight Ch 3m 168yds p.u. 11-11 Thurles Racecourse Hunters S'chase
Punchestown 19/02/20 Line Break NHF 2m 90yds 1 11-0 Sporting Hospitality INH Flat Race €6,300
Gowran Park 15/02/20 Elizabeth J NHF 2m 1f 7 11-9 Ronan Lawlor Mem EBF (M)(P-Am) Flat Race
Naas 26/01/20 Edwulf (GB) Ch 3m 4 12-0 Naas Hunters S'chase €750
Gowran Park 23/01/20 Ex Patriot HcpCh 3m 1f 4 11-1 146 Goffs Thyestes H'cap S'chase (Grade A) Grade A €5,000
Navan 18/01/20 Thirtyfourstitches NHF 2m 5 11-12 RacingTV Trials (Pro-Am) INH Flat Race €315
Fairyhouse 14/01/20 Railway Hurricane NHF 2m 5 11-12 Racing Again January 25th INH Flat Race €300
Punchestown 12/01/20 City Island NovCh 2m 4f 2 11-1 Killiney Novice S'chase (Grade 3) Grade 3 €8,500

*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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