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): Minella Indo, 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, Denise Foster

Follow Jack on Twitter: @jackkennedy15

Did you know? 

From Dingle, County Kerry, Jack Kennedy became the youngest jockey at 21 year of age to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup in modern times when winning the 2021 renewal on the Henry de Bromhead-trained Minella Indo. Kennedy was 17 when he rode his first winner at the Festival. 

He 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 28, 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 14, 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. Kennedy has nine Cheltenham Festival winners to his name after riding four winners at the 2021 Festival, finishing runner-up in the jockeys' title race to Rachael Blackmore (six winners). He missed the 2020 Festival through injury. 

SeasonRuns1st2nd3rd4thWin MoneyPlace MoneyTotal *
Winter All Weather 2016/201730000€0€0€0
Winter All Weather 2015/201651001€15,840€450€16,290
National Hunt 2021/202292111€22,500€14,590€37,090
National Hunt 2020/202132259634929€846,600€627,125€1,473,725
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
Killarney 10/05/21 Samcro Ch 2m 4f 1 12-0 158 An Riocht S'chase (Grade 3) Grade 3 €16,500
Killarney 10/05/21 Kruzhlinin (GER) HcpCh 3m 2f 2 10-10 125 GMHD Killarney National H'cap S'chase €10,000
Killarney 10/05/21 Chosen Mate Hdl 2m 4f 5 11-2 143 Sliabh Luachra H'dle €465
Killarney 10/05/21 Mars Harper (GB) MdnHdl 2m 4f 6 12-0 Follow Ross Golf Club On Insta M'dn Hdle €200
Killarney 09/05/21 Off Your Rocco MdnHdl 2m 1f 1 12-0 ML Lynch Civil Engineering M'dn H'dle €6,000
Killarney 09/05/21 Felicidad (FR) Hdl 2m 1f 5 11-2 120 Tourist Attraction (Mares) H'dle (Listed) Listed €675
Killarney 09/05/21 The Very Man NovCh 2m 7f 3 11-12 Jim Ryan Racecourse Services Nov S'chase €1,250
Killarney 09/05/21 Swelltime HcpHdl 2m 1f 4 10-7 119 Kelly Farm Modernisation Ltd H'cap H'dle (Grade B) Grade B €2,000
Punchestown 01/05/21 Dounikos (FR) HcpCh 3m 7f p.u. 11-0 135 Colm Quinn BMW Group H'cap S'chase
Punchestown 01/05/21 Roaring Bull HcpCh 3m 120yds 13 10-13 137 Palmerstown House Pat Taaffe Hcap Schase (Grade B) Grade B
Punchestown 01/05/21 Tronador HcpHdl 2m 4f 14 11-1 135 BARONERACING.COM H'cap H'dle (Grade B) Grade B
Punchestown 01/05/21 Zanahiyr Hdl 2m 2 11-2 145 Ballymore Champion 4YO H'dle (Grade 1) Grade 1 €20,000
Punchestown 30/04/21 Abacadabras (FR) Hdl 2m 4 12-0 158 Paddy Power Champion H'dle (Grade 1) Grade 1 €12,500
Punchestown 30/04/21 Fire Attack NovHdl 2m 5 11-7 134 SalesSense International Novice H'dle €600
Punchestown 29/04/21 Epson Du Houx (FR) HcpCh 2m 6 11-1 140 Pigsback.com H'cap S'chase (Grade B) Grade B €1,000
Punchestown 29/04/21 Fury Road Hdl 2m 7f 170yds p.u. 11-12 154 Ladbrokes Champion Stayers H'dle (Grade 1) Grade 1
Punchestown 29/04/21 Silver Star (FR) HcpHdl 2m 40yds 13 11-10 117 Specialist Joinery Group H'cap H'dle
Punchestown 29/04/21 Bigbadandbeautiful NovHdl 2m 40yds p.u. 11-6 Close Brothers (Mares) Novice H'dle (Listed) Listed
Punchestown 29/04/21 Ragnar Lodbrok HcpHdl 2m 7f 170yds 11 10-12 128 Conway Piling H'cap H'dle (Grade B) Grade B
Punchestown 28/04/21 Torygraph NovHdl 3m 6 11-12 137 Irish Mirror Novice H'dle (Grade 1) Grade 1 €2,000

*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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