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 2020/2021343443€16,800€19,820€36,620
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
Fairyhouse 10/11/20 Black Samurai (GB) Ch 2m 7f 110yds p.u. 12-2 I.N.H.S.C. (C&G) M'dn Hunters S'chase
Fairyhouse 10/11/20 Split The Bucket NHF 2m 2 12-2 Irish EBF (C&G) P-To-P INH Flat Race €3,000
Fairyhouse 10/11/20 Auvergnat (FR) Ch 2m 7f 110yds p.u. 12-2 INHSC Celebrating 150 Yrs Hunters S'ch
Fairyhouse 10/11/20 Sliabh Mhuire Lass Ch 2m 7f 110yds 2 11-11 93 Berkshire @ Kedrah (M) Hunters S'chase €1,800
Thurles 05/11/20 Wheres Maud Gone NHF 2m 1 11-6 Thurles INH Flat Race €5,400
Punchestown 28/10/20 Magic Tricks (FR) NHF 2m 4 11-12 BETDAQ Casino INH Flat Race €450
Punchestown 28/10/20 Longhouse Poet BegCh 2m 6f 140yds 6 12-0 Bet 10 Get 10 BETDAQ Beginners S'chase €250
Sligo 23/10/20 Angels Dawn NHF 2m 2f 3 11-9 Rosses Point INH Flat Race €900
Tipperary 20/10/20 La Mystere NHF 2m 5 11-9 Season Finale INH Flat Race €270
Punchestown 14/10/20 Gold Seal HcpCh 2m 6f p.u. 11-9 104 Punchestown Ingoldsby (QR) H'cap S'chase
Punchestown 13/10/20 Phillapa Sue NHF 2m 20yds 2 11-11 Irish Stall. Farms EBF (M) INH Flat Race €2,000
Gowran Park 02/10/20 Monas Melody NHF 2m 3 11-4 ISF EBF Mucklemeg (Mares) INH Flat Race (Listed) Listed €3,250
Clonmel 01/10/20 Youwontsnatchmenow NHF 2m 110yds 11 11-9 Clonmel INH Flat Race
Roscommon 28/09/20 Salvador Ziggy NHF 2m 3 11-9 Connolly's Red Mills INH Flat Race €900
Listowel 26/09/20 Sir Bob HcpCh 3m 8 11-11 113 Shanahan Power (QR) H'cap S'chase
Listowel 26/09/20 Knockmoylan NHF 2m 3 11-9 Brendan Daly Mem (Pro/Am) INH Flat Race €1,150
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
Listowel 20/09/20 Corbin NHF 2m 5 12-2 Kerry Group (Pro/Am) INH Flat Race €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

*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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