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 2022/2023193203€22,200€7,630€29,830
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
Sligo 04/08/22 Glendars Mahler NHF 2m 2f 6 11-11 ISF EBF (M) (Pro-Am) INH Flat Race €220
Cork 01/08/22 Moresby Buoy NHF 2m 2f 180yds 11 12-0 Follow Us On Facebook INH Flat Race
Galway 30/07/22 Our Girl Sal NHF 2m 4 11-7 BoyleSports Irish EBF INH (M) Flat Race €850
Galway 28/07/22 A Law Of Her Own NHF 2m 2f 59yds 13 11-7 Guinness Time INH Flat Race
Galway 27/07/22 Comfort Zone Mdn 1m 4f 43yds 4 11-1 86 Tote Guarantee On All Races (QR) Mdn €850
Galway 25/07/22 This Songisforyou (USA) NHF 2m 130yds 1 11-7 Monami Construction INH FlatRace €10,200
Galway 25/07/22 Foveros (FR) Hcp 2m 179yds 16 11-2 86 Connacht Hotel (QR) H'cap
Killarney 15/07/22 Kay's Memory NHF 2m 1f 11 11-4 Christy Lucey (M) (Pro/Am) INH Flat Race
Killarney 14/07/22 Court Cian NHF 2m 1f 7 11-7 Killarney Oaks Hotel INH Flat Race
Cork 08/07/22 Up For Appeal NHF 2m 190yds 6 11-7 Way To Paris At Coolagown INH Flat Race €210
Wexford 01/07/22 Hazelhatch Lady NHF 2m 4f 150yds 1 11-11 Irish Injured Jockeys (M) INH Flat Race €6,000
Tipperary 30/06/22 Gaoth Chuil NHF 2m 1 11-0 Racing Again August 5th INH Flat Race €6,000
Wexford 15/06/22 Telecon (GB) NHF 2m 4 12-0 Country Fest (Pro-Am) INH Flat Race €500
Roscommon 14/06/22 Fiveonefive NHF 2m 20yds 2 11-5 Castlecoote (Pro-Am) INH Flat Race €2,200
Clonmel 10/06/22 Definiteadare HcpHdl 3m 7 12-1 106 Bulmers Original (QR) H'cap H'dle
Limerick 26/05/22 We Had It All Said NHF 2m 100yds 5 12-0 Athea INH Flat Race €300
Clonmel 12/05/22 Della Casa Lunga NHF 2m 95yds 5 11-5 Next Meeting June 10th (M) INH Flat Race €300
Cork 07/05/22 Gaoth Chuil NHF 2m 2 11-2 Ir.Stallion Farms EBF (F) INH Flat Race €2,200
Tipperary 05/05/22 Susie Miller NHF 2m 2f 9 11-11 (Mares) Pt-To-Pt INH Flat Race
Punchestown 30/04/22 Shady Operator Ch 3m 1f 3 12-7 135 Dooley Insurance Cross Country S'chase €1,500

*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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