Jack Kennedy

Date of Birth: April 22, 1999

County of origin: Kerry

First winner: Funny How (Pat Flynn) Cork, May 22, 2015

Significant horses (selected): Apple's Jade, Samcro, Shattered Love, Zanahiyr, Quilixios, Farclas, Outlander, Death Duty, Battleoverdoyen, Mengli Khan, Riverside City, A Toi Phil, Clondaw Warrior, Ball D'Arc, Definite Ruby, Jury Duty, Clarcam, Tocororo, Bless The Wings, Prince Of Scars, Veneer Of Charm, Zanjabeel, Monbeg Notorious. 

Assoc. Trainers: Gordon Elliott

Follow Jack on Twitter: @jackkennedy15

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From Dingle, County Kerry, Jack Kennedy burst onto the scene in the summer of 2015 and was undoubtedly the find of the year. He is a graduate of the pony racing circuit and won the Dingle Derby on Coola Boula in 2014. After starting out with Tommy Stack, he moved to Gordon Elliott and had his first ride on the racecourse at Clonmel on May 7th, 2015. Just two weeks later, he rode his first winner on just his seventh ride when partnering the Pat Flynn-trained Funny How to win a seven furlong handicap at Cork. His first success over hurdles came at Down Royal on May 29th when he rode Eshtiaal to win a handicap hurdle by 11 lengths for Gordon Elliott. In the very next race, he partnered a second winner for the County Meath trainer when winning another handicap hurdle on Mustadrik, this time by 17 lengths.

Jack rode his first winner over fences when taking the €100,000 Ladbrokes Troytown Handicap Chase on the JP McManus-owned Riverside City, another trained by Gordon Elliott at Navan on November 22nd, 2015. Riverside City was the middle leg of a treble for Kennedy that same day at Navan, the first of his career. A year and a day after riding his first winner over hurdles, Kennedy rode out his claim when partnering the Norman Lee-trained Troublesombrothers to win a maiden hurdle at Ballinrobe.

He landed his first Grade 1 success when partnering the Gordon Elliott-trained Outlander to win the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown on December 28th, 2016. It was also his 100th winner in the saddle. A second Grade 1 success came just two weeks later when Kennedy partnered the Elliott-trained Death Duty to success in the Lawlor's Hotel Novice Hurdle at Naas.

Kennedy was still 17 years old when he partnered his first winner at the Cheltenham Festival when the Gordon Elliott-trained Labaik won the Supreme Novices' Hurdle on March 14th, 2017. The following year, he won four races at the Cheltenham Festival matching the tally of the week's leading rider, Davy Russell. However, Russell won the title as he had ridden more placed horses. 


SeasonRuns1st2nd3rd4thWin MoneyPlace MoneyTotal *
Winter All Weather 2016/201730000€0€0€0
Winter All Weather 2015/201651001€15,840€450€16,290
National Hunt 2020/202124749504022€745,800€435,740€1,181,540
National Hunt 2019/202018833202623€766,813€239,715€1,006,528
National Hunt 2018/201945557515347€965,375€557,663€1,523,038
National Hunt 2017/201832663473231€1,155,063€467,070€1,622,133
National Hunt 2016/201750568805657€952,063€650,053€1,602,115
National Hunt 2015/201629944454231€548,073€239,929€788,001
Flat 201710000€0€0€0
Flat 2016131311€7,500€10,313€17,813
Flat 2015557863€101,950€26,490€128,440

Date From
Date To
Race Type
Venue Date Horse Race Type Distance Place Weight Rating Race Pattern/ Listed Prize Money
Thurles 25/02/21 Wall Of Fame MdnHdl 2m 7f 87yds 3 11-6 I.N.H. Stallion Owners EBF M'dn H'dle
Thurles 25/02/21 Grand Paradis (FR) NovHdl 2m 4f 218yds 1 11-0 Markaye Michael Purcell Mem Novice H'dle (Grade 3) Grade 3
Fairyhouse 22/02/21 Folcano (FR) MdnHdl 2m 3f 150yds 1 11-6 Easter Festival 3rd - 5th April Mdn Hdle (Div 1) €6,000
Fairyhouse 22/02/21 Fire Squadron MdnHdl 2m 3f 150yds 2 11-6 Easter Festival 3rd - 5th April Mdn Hdle (Div 2) €2,000
Fairyhouse 22/02/21 Showbusiness (FR) MdnHdl 2m 3 11-9 Sign Up To Our Newsletter M'dn H'dle €1,000
Navan 21/02/21 Robinstown MdnHdl 1m 7f 170yds 7 12-0 Navan Members M'dn H'dle
Navan 21/02/21 Frontal Assault NovHdl 3m 1 11-4 128 Surehaul Mercedes-Benz Novice H'dl (Grade 3) Grade 3 €16,500
Navan 21/02/21 Fury Road Hdl 2m 5f 2 11-10 151 Ladbrokes Ireland Boyne H'dle (Grade 2) Grade 2 €7,000
Navan 21/02/21 Minellafordollars HcpCh 3m p.u. 11-3 116 Racing Again March 6th H'cap S'chase
Navan 21/02/21 Coko Beach (FR) NovCh 3m 1 11-5 150 Ladbrokes Ten Up Novice S'chase (Grade 2) Grade 2 €21,000
Navan 21/02/21 Etincelle Lioterie (FR) NovHdl 2m 5f p.u. 10-13 116 Apple's Jade (Mares) Novice Hurdle (Listed) Listed
Thurles 15/02/21 Recent Revelations BegCh 2m 89yds 2 11-9 Templemore Beginners S'chase €2,200
Thurles 15/02/21 Excelcior (FR) MdnHdl 2m 7f 7 12-0 Holycross M'dn H'dle
Thurles 15/02/21 Hamundarson MdnHdl 1m 7f 181yds 2 11-6 thurles.ie M'dn H'dle €2,000
Punchestown 14/02/21 Roaring Bull HcpCh 3m 4f 9 11-0 139 Punchestown Grand National Trial Hcp Sch (Grade B) Grade B
Punchestown 14/02/21 Fire Attack NovHdl 2m 120yds 3 11-7 INH Stallion Owners EBF Novice H'dle (Listed) Listed €2,750
Punchestown 14/02/21 Pictures Of Home (GB) HcpHdl 3m 4 10-7 99 David Trundley Artist H'cap H'dle €550
Punchestown 14/02/21 Farmix (FR) NovCh 1m 7f 170yds 1 11-9 Punchestown Festival Rated Novice Schase €12,600
Punchestown 14/02/21 Ahead Of The Field MdnHdl 2m 4f 2 12-0 Happy Birthday Sarah Ann Madden Mdn Hdle (Div 2) €2,400
Naas 13/02/21 Landing Zone MdnHdl 1m 7f 120yds 15 11-13 Naas Business Club Members M'dn H'dle (Div 1)

*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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