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 2022/202378129910€106,800€57,740€164,540
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

Date From
Date To
Race Type
Venue Date Horse Race Type Distance Place Weight Rating Race Pattern/ Listed Prize Money
Downpatrick 19/05/23 Kilballyowen BegCh 2m 3f 55yds 3 11-12 Remembering Caughoo Beginners S'chase €1,100
Killarney 14/05/23 D'jo Dela Barriere (FR) NHF 2m 1f 5 11-10 Jim Ryan Services (Pro-Am) INH Flat Race €315
Cork 06/05/23 Young Lucy NHF 2m 1 11-5 Ir.Stallion Farms EBF (F) INH Flat Race €6,600
Tipperary 04/05/23 Iriskana (FR) NHF 2m 2f 9 11-11 Millennium (M) Pt-To-Pt INH Flat Race
Tipperary 04/05/23 Brave Starlight Ch 2m 7f 175yds 3 11-9 Glenview & Rathbarry Stud Nov.Hunter Sch €1,050
Ballinrobe 02/05/23 Get It Right NHF 2m 139yds 7 12-0 Jennings Meats INH Flat Race
Punchestown 29/04/23 Birchdale Ch 3m 1f 5 11-12 133 Donohue Solutions Cross Country S'chase €450
Punchestown 29/04/23 Full Metal Jacket (GB) NHF 2m 3 12-0 Lawlors Hotel Naas (Pr-Am) INH Flat Race €1,500
Punchestown 28/04/23 Its On The Line Ch 3m 1 12-0 Irish Daily Star Champion Hunters Schase €18,000
Punchestown 28/04/23 Royal Juniper Ch 2m 5f 7 11-11 Stanley Asphalt Hunters Sch (Bcourt Cup)
Punchestown 28/04/23 Littlefoot NHF 2m 2f 8 12-0 Avison Young INH Flat Race
Punchestown 27/04/23 Dancing City (FR) NHF 2m 40yds 2 12-0 JP & M Doyle (C&G) INH Flat Race €3,500
Punchestown 27/04/23 Midnight Maestro (GB) Ch 4m 2f 5 11-12 118 Mongey Communications Schase (La Touche) €900
Punchestown 26/04/23 Mi Lucky Cailin NHF 2m 70yds 9 11-11 Weatherbys GSB EBF (Mares) INH Flat Race (Grade 3) Grade 3
Punchestown 26/04/23 Western Diego NHF 2m 70yds 8 12-0 Race & Stay At Punchestown INH Flat Race (Grade 1) Grade 1
Punchestown 25/04/23 Farland NHF 2m 100yds 4 11-6 Goffs Defender Bumper €5,000
Punchestown 25/04/23 Downmexicoway NHF 2m 100yds 9 11-10 Oak Lodge Landscapes Flat Race
Punchestown 25/04/23 De Nordener Ch 3m 1f 4 11-7 Kildare Hunt Club S'chase (Ladies Cup) €750
Ballinrobe 14/04/23 Backtonormal NHF 2m 1f 98yds 1 12-0 John Madden & Sons INH Flat Race €6,300
Ballinrobe 14/04/23 I Wont Back Down NHF 1m 7f 137yds 1 11-10 DPD Mayo Depot INH Flat Race €6,300

*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).