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 2019/2020347343€53,325€17,603€70,928
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
Gowran Park 04/10/19 China Princess NHF 2m 16 11-2 ISF EBF Mucklemeg (Mares) INH Flat Race (Listed) Listed
Clonmel 03/10/19 Could Be Trouble NHF 2m 160yds 7 11-3 Clonmel INH Flat Race
Navan 28/09/19 Gold Speed NHF 2m 1 12-0 Navan Racecourse (Pro-Am) INH Flat Race €6,000
Ballinrobe 20/09/19 China Princess NHF 2m 38yds 1 11-0 INH Flat Race €6,000
Listowel 14/09/19 Hash Brown HcpCh 3m 4 11-7 116 Shanahan Power (QR) H'cap S'chase €850
Listowel 13/09/19 Chazelles NHF 2m 9 11-9 Listowel Print EBF (M)(PA) INH Flat Race
Listowel 10/09/19 Harrison Line NHF 2m 9 11-7 Kerry Petroleum INH Flat Race
Listowel 08/09/19 Gold Speed NHF 2m 2 12-0 Kerry Group INH Flat Race €2,400
Curragh 30/08/19 Shamad Hcp 1m 4f 1 11-2 68 Paddy Power Amateur Derby (QR) Hcap €7,800
Ballinrobe 27/08/19 Could Be Trouble NHF 2m 75yds 4 11-5 Ir. Stallion Farms EBF (F) INH Flat Race €550
Kilbeggan 24/08/19 Barnet Brook NHF 2m 2f 33yds 5 12-0 Kilbeggan On Instagram INH Flat Race €315
Killarney 23/08/19 Harrison Line NHF 2m 1f 3 11-2 Beaufort Golf Club (Pr-Am) INH Flat Race €1,150
Killarney 22/08/19 Powersbomb HcpCh 2m 1f 8 11-10 128 Owens McCarthy H'cap S'chase
Killarney 22/08/19 Generation Doll NHF 2m 1f 7 11-7 John Lane & Son's Ltd. INH Flat Race
Cork 05/08/19 Barnet Brook NHF 2m 3f 2 12-0 Enjoy AfternoonTea At Cork INH Flat Race €2,000
Galway 04/08/19 Tico Times NHF 2m 8 11-7 Fr.Breen Memorial (Pro-Am) INH Flat Race
Galway 03/08/19 Zalika NHF 2m 11 11-4 Galway Centre Irish EBF INH(M) Flat Race
Galway 01/08/19 All Those Years (GB) NHF 2m 2f 59yds 1 12-0 Guinness Time INH Flat Race €10,200
Galway 31/07/19 Formal Order (GB) Mdn 1m 4f 43yds 10 11-1 74 Play The Tote Trifecta (Q.R.) M'dn
Galway 29/07/19 Baba Boom Hcp 2m 179yds 6 11-4 88 Connacht Hotel (QR) H'cap €2,400

*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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