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 2020/202129158584527€840,000€562,320€1,402,320
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
Fairyhouse 05/04/21 Battleoverdoyen Ch 2m 4f 6 11-12 160 Devenish S'chase (Grade 2) Grade 2 €1,600
Fairyhouse 05/04/21 Run Wild Fred HcpCh 3m 5f 50yds 2 10-11 140 BoyleSports Irish Grand National S'chase (Grade A) Grade A €80,000
Fairyhouse 05/04/21 The Bosses Oscar Hdl 2m 4f 6 11-5 150 The Underwriting Exchange H'dle (Grade 2) Grade 2 €1,000
Fairyhouse 05/04/21 Smoking Gun HcpCh 3m 150yds 4 11-8 132 Fred Kenny Service To Racing Hcap Schase €1,050
Fairyhouse 05/04/21 Battle Of Actium HcpHdl 2m 15 11-11 124 Farmhouse Foods Novice H'cap H'dle
Fairyhouse 05/04/21 Millen To One HcpHdl 2m 6f 2 10-11 122 Fairyhouse Steel H'cap H'dle €4,200
Fairyhouse 04/04/21 The Sliding Rock (GB) NovHdl 2m 4f p.u. 11-9 125 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (M) Novice Hdle (Grade 1) Grade 1
Fairyhouse 04/04/21 Conflated NovCh 2m 4f 4 11-12 145 The Underwriting Exchange Novice S'chase (Grade 1) Grade 1 €4,000
Fairyhouse 04/04/21 Papal Lodge HcpHdl 2m 4f p.u. 11-9 122 Cawley Furniture Novice H'cap H'dle
Fairyhouse 04/04/21 Call Me Lyreen NovHdl 2m 6 11-12 137 Paddy Kehoe Suspended Ceilings Nov. Hdle (Grade 2) Grade 2 €700
Fairyhouse 04/04/21 Buddy Rich MdnHdl 2m 3 12-0 121 Ryan's Cleaning & Recycling M'dn H'dle €1,200
Fairyhouse 04/04/21 Recent Revelations HcpCh 2m 150yds 12 10-5 123 BoyleSports Novice H'cap S'chase (Grade B) Grade B
Fairyhouse 03/04/21 Eskylane HcpHdl 2m 12 11-2 133 Rybo H'cap H'dle (Grade A) Grade A
Fairyhouse 03/04/21 Banks Boy MdnHdl 2m 4f 10 12-0 Boomerang.ie M'dn H'dle
Fairyhouse 03/04/21 Folcano (FR) HcpHdl 3m 17 11-0 127 INH Stallion Owners EBF Nov. H'cap H'dle (Grade B) Grade B
Fairyhouse 03/04/21 Mount Ida Ch 2m 5f 3 11-1 153 Download The BoyleSports App (M) S'chase (Listed) Listed €2,250
Thurles 20/03/21 Commander Of Fleet Hdl 2m 7f 198yds 1 11-2 146 See You In October H'dle €6,900
Thurles 20/03/21 Felix Desjy (FR) NovCh 2m 2f fell 11-12 154 Pierce Molony Memorial Novice S'chase (Grade 3) Grade 3
Naas 14/03/21 Grangeclare Native MdnHdl 2m 3f 13 12-0 Bar One Racing Million M'dn H'dle
Naas 14/03/21 Conflated NovCh 2m 4f 90yds 1 11-4 144 BAR ONE RACING Directors Plate Nov. S'ch (Grade 3) Grade 3 €16,500

*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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