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, 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

Did you know? 

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 2020/202111027172210€407,700€128,435€536,135
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
Clonmel 03/12/20 Dallas Des Pictons (FR) Hdl 3m 8yds 4 11-2 142 Jim Strang & Sons Kilsheelan H'dle
Fairyhouse 29/11/20 Gold Des Bois (FR) HcpHdl 2m 12 10-2 121 Bar One Racing Extra Places H'cap H'dle (Grade A) Grade A
Fairyhouse 29/11/20 Ballyadam NovHdl 2m 1 11-12 BARONERACING.COM Royal Bond Novice H'dle (Grade 1) Grade 1 €42,000
Fairyhouse 29/11/20 Zanahiyr Hdl 2m 1 10-11 Bar One Racing Price Boost Juvenile Hdle (Grade 3) Grade 3 €16,500
Fairyhouse 29/11/20 Envoi Allen (FR) NovCh 2m 4f 1 11-12 BARONERACING.COM Drinmore Novice S'chase (Grade 1) Grade 1 €42,000
Fairyhouse 29/11/20 Cracking Smart (FR) Hdl 2m 4f 5 11-12 154 BARONERACING.COM Hatton's Grace H'dle (Grade 1) Grade 1 €3,000
Fairyhouse 29/11/20 Monbeg Notorious HcpCh 3m 5f p.u. 11-1 140 BARONERACING.COM Porterstown Hcap Schase (Grade B) Grade B
Fairyhouse 28/11/20 Desire De Joie (FR) HcpHdl 2m 3f 110yds b.d. 11-4 117 Irish Racing Industry Fundraiser Hcp Hdl
Fairyhouse 28/11/20 Timoteo (FR) HcpCh 2m 110yds 4 10-5 129 EasyFix Equine H'cap S'chase (Grade B) Grade B €2,000
Fairyhouse 28/11/20 Indigo Breeze (FR) MdnHdl 2m 2 11-11 Kettles Country House Fingal M'dn H'dle (Div 2) €2,400
Fairyhouse 28/11/20 Queens Brook Hdl 2m 3f 110yds 3 11-2 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (M) Hdle (Grade 2) Grade 2 €8,000
Fairyhouse 28/11/20 Escaria Ten (FR) BegCh 2m 5f 50yds 5 12-0 Jim Ryan Racecourse Services Beg S'chase €375
Punchestown 24/11/20 Hamundarson MdnHdl 2m 150yds 3 12-0 Hub At Ballymore M'dn H'dle €1,200
Punchestown 24/11/20 Hereditary Rule MdnHdl 2m 5f 150yds 4 11-12 108 Connolly's RED MILLS EBF Auct. M'dn H'dl €1,000
Punchestown 24/11/20 Amor Verdadero HcpHdl 2m 5f 150yds 3 11-10 105 Ballymore Kildare (Mares) H'cap H'dle €1,100
Punchestown 24/11/20 Thatsy (FR) NovCh 2m 3f 150yds 4 11-5 Ballymore Group Rated Novice S'chase €800
Navan 22/11/20 Elite Trooper Grey HcpHdl 2m 3 11-4 113 BetVictor Gamble Responsibly H'cap H'dle €1,100
Navan 22/11/20 Wide Receiver MdnHdl 2m 4f 2 12-0 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn H'dle €3,000
Navan 22/11/20 Farouk D'alene (FR) NovHdl 2m 4f 4 11-4 BetVictor Casino Monksfield Novice H'dle (Grade 3) Grade 3 €1,375
Navan 22/11/20 Defi Bleu (FR) BegCh 2m 1f 3 12-0 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Beginners S'ch €1,550

*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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