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.
Did you know:
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.
Unibet Irish Gold Cup (Grade 1) (Edwulf (GB) - 2018)
ITM Champion INH Flat Race (Grade 1) (Kilcruit - 2021)
Goffs Land Rover Bumper (Vision Des Flos (FR) - 2017)
Bewleys Hotels & EBF NH Fillies Bumper (Reine Des Reines - 2003)
Goffs Land Rover Bumper (Gonebeyondrecall - 2007)
G.P.T. Galway (QR) H'cap (Rapid Deployment (GB) - 2003)
Tim Duggan Memorial H'cap S'chase (Grade B) (Sumos Novios - 2019)
Weatherbys GSB EBF (Mares) INH Flat Race (Grade 3) (Gypsy Island - 2019)
Holden Plant Rentals Shamrock H'cap S'ch (Grade B) (Ex Patriot - 2019)
Tim Duggan Memorial H'cap S'chase (Listed) (Coolnahilla - 2005)
Total Enjoyment EBF (M) INH Flat Race (Listed) (Gypsy Island - 2019)
Irish Foal Levy (C&G) INH Flat Race (Wave Power - 2008)
Star Best Racing Champion Hunters Schase (Balnaslow - 2017)
Irish Daily Star Champion Hunters Schase (Its On The Line - 2023)
ISF EBF Mucklemeg (Mares) INH Flat Race (Listed) (Troubled Times - 2022)
Cox's Cash & Carry Champion Hunters S'ch (Joe Blake - 2007)
Irish Stallion Farms EBF Beginners S'ch (Beantown - 2008)
Lis.Races Supp.Club Slan Abhaile(QR)Race (Pittoni - 2011)
Cedar Building H'cap S'chase (Rio Diamond - 2004)
Brian M.Durkan & Co.Ltd(Pro-Am)Flat Race (Blazing Liss - 2003)
*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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