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 2021/202283020€18,000€2,300€20,300
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
Clonmel 13/05/21 Helluva Gal NHF 2m 148yds 3 11-5 Next Meeting June 11th (M) INH Flat Race €1,000
Killarney 10/05/21 Golden De Coeur (FR) NHF 2m 1f 9 12-2 INH Flat Race
Killarney 10/05/21 Staker Wallace Ch 2m 7f 1 11-13 Clifford Groundcare Hunters S'chase €6,000
Killarney 09/05/21 Judicial Law NHF 2m 1f 1 11-9 Torc Waterfall (Pro-Am) INH Flat Race €6,000
Cork 08/05/21 Moving On Swiftly NHF 2m 3 11-2 Ir.Stallion Farms EBF (F) INH Flat Race €1,100
Tipperary 06/05/21 Susie Miller NHF 2m 2f 9 11-11 (Mares) Pt-To-Pt INH Flat Race
Tipperary 06/05/21 Sliabh Mhuire Lass Ch 2m 7f 70yds 1 11-9 93 Glenview And Rathbarry Hunters S'chase €6,000
Tipperary 06/05/21 Drewscourt NHF 2m 2f 6 12-2 (C & G) Pt-To-Pt INH Flat Race €200
Punchestown 01/05/21 Golden Wonder's (FR) NHF 2m 8 12-2 The Buggyman (Pro-Am) INH Flat Race
Punchestown 30/04/21 Stone Mad NHF 2m 2f 8 12-2 Avison Young INH Flat Race
Punchestown 30/04/21 Staker Wallace Ch 3m 120yds 3 12-2 Irish Daily Star Champion Hunters Schase €2,500
Punchestown 29/04/21 Stand Up And Fight Ch 4m 2f 3 12-0 Mongey Communications Schase (La Touche) €3,000
Punchestown 29/04/21 Ben Dundee HcpHdl 2m 7f 170yds 12 10-11 127 Conway Piling H'cap H'dle (Grade B) Grade B
Punchestown 29/04/21 Lispendense NHF 2m 40yds 10 11-9 Grant Thornton (C&G) INH Flat Race
Punchestown 28/04/21 Glan NHF 2m 70yds 3 11-11 Weatherbys GSB EBF (Mares) INH Flat Race (Grade 3) Grade 3 €4,000
Punchestown 28/04/21 Kilcruit NHF 2m 70yds 1 12-2 ITM Champion INH Flat Race (Grade 1) Grade 1 €60,000
Punchestown 27/04/21 Youcannotbeserious Ch 3m 1f fell 11-9 KHC Fr Sean Breen Mem. S'ch (Ladies Cup)
Punchestown 27/04/21 Springwell Bay (GB) NHF 2m 100yds 2 11-6 Goffs Land Rover Bumper €20,000
Punchestown 27/04/21 Viva Devito NHF 2m 100yds 4 11-9 IrishField About The Horse INH Flat Race €500
Kilbeggan 22/04/21 Young Leya NHF 2m 3f 86yds 8 11-11 Ir. Stallion 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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