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 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 2021/202213323201513€404,100€223,295€627,395
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
Punchestown 16/01/22 Forged In Fire NovCh 2m 4f 37yds 8 11-3 Kildare Novice S'chase (Grade 3) Grade 3
Punchestown 16/01/22 Hiaou (FR) MdnHdl 2m 1 12-0 20% Off Festival Tickets M'dn H'dle (Div 1)
Punchestown 16/01/22 Jack In The Box MdnHdl 2m 3 12-0 20% Off Festival Tickets M'dn H'dle (Div 2)
Punchestown 16/01/22 Cute Cherry (GB) HcpHdl 2m 4f 200yds 4 11-7 107 Punchestown Gift Vouchers (M) H'cap Hdle
Fairyhouse 15/01/22 Run For Pat MdnHdl 2m 5 11-6 ITM Stallion Trail M'dn H'dle
Fairyhouse 15/01/22 Beth Horan MdnHdl 2m 4f 4 11-9 Solerina January 29th (Mares) M'dn H'dle
Fairyhouse 15/01/22 Osmotic MdnHdl 2m 4f 6 12-0 Fairyhouse Supporting Treo Eile Mdn Hdle
Fairyhouse 09/01/22 Eclair De Beaufeu (FR) HcpCh 2m 1f p.u. 11-3 149 Dan & Joan Moore Memorial H'cap S'chase (Grade A) Grade A
Fairyhouse 09/01/22 Iberique Du Seuil (FR) Hdl 2m 3 11-5 Fairyhouse January Jumps H'dle €1,850
Fairyhouse 09/01/22 Millen To One NovCh 2m 5f 110yds 3 11-7 118 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Rated Nov S'ch €1,850
Cork 08/01/22 Enki Flacke (FR) MdnHdl 2m 3 12-0 CorkRacecourse.ie M'dn H'dle €1,200
Cork 08/01/22 Fantasio D'alene (FR) MdnHdl 3m p.u. 12-0 Happy New Year From All At Cork Mdn Hdle
Naas 02/01/22 Ginto (FR) NovHdl 2m 4f 1 11-12 Lawlor's Of Naas Novice H'dle (Grade 1) Grade 1 €51,000
Tramore 01/01/22 Where It All Began MdnHdl 2m 5f 100yds 1 11-6 Velvet Cap Whiskey M'dn H'dle €6,300
Leopardstown 29/12/21 Minella Crooner MdnHdl 2m 4f 2 12-0 Pigsback.com M'dn H'dle €3,000
Leopardstown 29/12/21 Zanahiyr Hdl 2m 2 11-12 155 Matheson H'dle (Grade 1) Grade 1 €30,000
Leopardstown 29/12/21 Fury Road NovCh 3m 1 11-12 Neville Hotels Novice S'chase (Grade 1) Grade 1 €60,000
Leopardstown 28/12/21 Delta Work (FR) Ch 3m 6 11-12 163 Savills S'chase (Grade 1) Grade 1 €3,500
Leopardstown 28/12/21 Roaring Potter (FR) MdnHdl 2m 4f 8 11-9 Savills M'dn H'dle
Leopardstown 28/12/21 Dunboyne HcpHdl 3m 5 10-9 128 Pertemps Network H'cap H'dle (Qualifier) €900

*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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