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 years 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. His Cheltenham tally stands at 10 winners after the 2022 renewal. 

SeasonRuns1st2nd3rd4thWin MoneyPlace MoneyTotal *
Winter All Weather 2021/202240001€0€550€550
Winter All Weather 2016/201730000€0€0€0
Winter All Weather 2015/201651001€15,840€450€16,290
National Hunt 2022/2023822011711€154,200€47,085€201,285
National Hunt 2021/202225540432427€741,000€576,540€1,317,540
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
Roscommon 04/07/22 Amir Kabir (GB) MdnHdl 1m 7f 90yds 1 11-12 Larry O'Farrelly Memorial M'dn H'dle €6,300
Roscommon 04/07/22 Salvador Ziggy NovHdl 2m 4f 1 11-8 SuperValu Ladies Day Rated Novice H'dle €9,900
Roscommon 04/07/22 Breffni Brave Hdl 2m 4f 3 10-8 90 Knockcroghery Claiming H'dle €1,000
Tramore 03/07/22 Dartington NovHdl 2m 1 11-6 122 Tote Guarantee On All Win Bets Nov H'dle €9,900
Tramore 03/07/22 Up And Out MdnHdl 2m 2 11-0 Tote Always SP Or Better M'dn H'dle €2,100
Bellewstown 02/07/22 The Tide Turns (GB) HcpHdl 2m 188yds 12 11-9 135 Bar One Racing 'Bellewstown' H'cap H'dle
Bellewstown 02/07/22 Douglas Dc NovHdl 2m 188yds 2 11-6 Bar One Racing Quick Deposit Nov. H'dle €2,400
Bellewstown 02/07/22 The Friday Man (GB) MdnHdl 2m 188yds 1 11-12 Bar One Racing Bet On Mobile M'dn H'dle €6,300
Wexford 01/07/22 Ask Philip MdnHdl 2m 4f 150yds 11 11-12 109 Neville Hotels M'dn H'dle
Wexford 01/07/22 Don Diablo BegCh 2m 4 11-12 Shamrock Enterprises Beginners S'chase €575
Wexford 01/07/22 Westcoastinformant MdnHdl 3m 2 11-4 Ladies Day Friday August 5th M'dn H'dle €2,100
Tipperary 30/06/22 Chargo (GB) MdnHdl 2m 3 10-5 Junction 3-Y-O M'dn H'dle €1,000
Tipperary 30/06/22 Townhill Penny HcpHdl 3m 5 11-7 88 Follow @tipperaryraces.ie H'cap H'dle €300
Tipperary 30/06/22 Glenglass MdnHdl 2m 4f 7 11-12 Tipperary Town M'dn H'dle
Tipperary 30/06/22 Felix Desjy (FR) Hdl 2m 4 11-1 144 Kevin McManus Bookmaker Grimes H'dle (Grade 3) Grade 3 €3,500
Listowel 06/06/22 Fancy Foundations (GB) HcpHdl 2m 4f 6 11-8 127 Bryan MacMahon H'cap H'dle €440
Listowel 06/06/22 Evergreen And Red MdnHdl 2m 4 11-7 120 John B. Keane (C & G) M'dn H'dle €625
Kilbeggan 05/06/22 Call Me Lyreen BegCh 2m 3f 200yds 1 11-12 New Midland Hospice Beginners S'chase €6,900
Kilbeggan 05/06/22 Level Neverending NovHdl 3m 95yds 3 11-10 119 KilbegganRaces.com Novice H'dle €1,200
Tramore 04/06/22 Breffni Brave MdnHdl 2m 5f 120yds 6 11-12 94 Copper Coast M'dn H'dle €210

*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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