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 2022/202326970392332€780,000€242,590€1,022,590
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

Venue
Date From
Date To
Horse
Race Type
Distance
Place
Weight
Rating
Pattern/Listed
Venue Date Horse Race Type Distance Place Weight Rating Race Pattern/ Listed Prize Money
Tramore 06/12/22 Arctic Ambition HcpHdl 2m 5f u.r. 11-5 86 John Kiely Special Recognition Hcap Hdle
Tramore 06/12/22 Walking The Walk HcpCh 2m 5f 100yds 1 11-4 85 Lady’s Cove H'cap S'chase
Tramore 06/12/22 What An Ocean HcpHdl 2m 5f 6 11-0 95 Book A Table For New Years (M) Hcap Hdle
Tramore 06/12/22 Jenny Flex MdnHdl 2m 5f 5 10-13 Buy New Years Day Tickets (M) M'dn H'dle
Fairyhouse 04/12/22 Teahupoo (FR) Hdl 2m 3f 130yds 1 11-10 158 Bar One Racing Hatton's Grace H'dle (Grade 1) Grade 1 €72,000
Fairyhouse 04/12/22 Mighty Potter (FR) NovCh 2m 3f 165yds 1 11-12 Bar One Racing Drinmore Novice S'chase (Grade 1) Grade 1 €51,000
Fairyhouse 04/12/22 Getaway Goldie HcpCh 2m 3f 165yds 6 10-12 118 Bar One Racing Irish EBF (M) Hcap Schase €540
Fairyhouse 04/12/22 Irish Point (FR) NovHdl 2m 2 11-12 Bar One Racing Royal Bond Novice H'dle (Grade 1) Grade 1 €17,000
Fairyhouse 04/12/22 In From The Cold HcpHdl 2m p.u. 11-1 129 BARONERACING.COM H'cap H'dle (Grade A) Grade A
Fairyhouse 04/12/22 Fakiera (FR) HcpCh 3m 5f 2 10-8 128 Bar One Racing Porterstown H'cap S'chase (Grade B) Grade B €9,000
Fairyhouse 03/12/22 Minella Crooner BegCh 2m 5f 40yds 1 11-12 Jim Ryan Racecourse Services Beg S'chase €7,800
Fairyhouse 03/12/22 Doctor Churchill HcpHdl 2m 4f 40yds p.u. 11-5 120 Kevin Sheedy Raceday 17 Dec H'cap H'dle
Fairyhouse 03/12/22 Landrake (GB) NovHdl 2m 4f 40yds 1 11-12 Close Brothers Rated Novice Hdle €9,000
Fairyhouse 03/12/22 Kansas City Star MdnHdl 2m 3 11-12 Kettles Supp. Fingal Ravens M'dn H'dle (Div 1) €1,200
Fairyhouse 03/12/22 Smooth Player MdnHdl 2m 4 11-12 Kettles Supp. Fingal Ravens M'dn H'dle (Div 2) €600
Thurles 01/12/22 Liberty Dance MdnHdl 1m 7f 199yds 1 11-7 Racing Dec 18th Irish EBF (M) M'dn H'dle €7,800
Thurles 01/12/22 Jeepydoff Meel (FR) MdnHdl 1m 7f 199yds 3 10-13 Thurles Racecourse M'dn H'dle €1,000
Thurles 01/12/22 Purse Price (GB) MdnHdl 1m 7f 199yds 2 11-5 Killinan M'dn H'dle €2,000
Thurles 01/12/22 Thefaithfulindian HcpHdl 1m 7f 199yds 8 11-8 89 Horse & Jockey H'cap H'dle
Thurles 01/12/22 Mount Ida Ch 2m 6f 4 11-0 152 Equuip From Foal to RACE TY S'chase (Listed) Listed €1,300
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*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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