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.
Gordon Elliott, Denise Foster
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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.
Paddy Power Irish Gold Cup (Grade 1) (Delta Work (FR) - 2020)
Paddy Power S'chase (Grade B) (Roaring Bull - 2019)
Savills S'chase (Grade 1) (Delta Work (FR) - 2019)
BHP Insurance Irish Champion H'dle (Grade 1) (Apple's Jade (FR) - 2019)
Lexus S'chase (Grade 1) (Outlander - 2016)
JNwine.com Champion S'chase (Grade 1) (Outlander - 2017)
Bective Stud Champion Novice H'dle (Grade 1) (Mighty Potter (FR) - 2022)
Tattersalls Ireland Spring Juvenile Hdle (Grade 1) (Quilixios (GB) - 2021)
Lacy & Partners Solicitors Novice H'dle (Grade 1) (Commander Of Fleet - 2019)
BARONERACING.COM Hatton's Grace H'dle (Grade 1) (Apple's Jade (FR) - 2018)
Ladbrokes Troytown H'cap S'chase (Grade B) (Riverside City - 2015)
Guinness H'cap (Clondaw Warrior - 2015)
AXA Insurance Midlands National Hcp S'ch (Grade B) (Hurricane Georgie - 2022)
Neville Hotels Novice S'chase (Grade 1) (Fury Road - 2021)
Paddy Power Future Champions Novice Hdle (Grade 1) (Mighty Potter (FR) - 2021)
Goffs Thyestes H'cap S'chase (Grade A) (Coko Beach (FR) - 2021)
Unibet Morgiana H'dle (Grade 1) (Abacadabras (FR) - 2020)
Frank Ward Memorial H'dle (Grade 1) (Apple's Jade (FR) - 2019)
Paddy Power Future Champions Novice Hdle (Grade 1) (Abacadabras (FR) - 2019)
Squared Financial Christmas H'dle (Grade 1) (Apple's Jade (FR) - 2018)
*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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