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 2022/202323361332128€588,600€192,625€781,225
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
Thurles 24/11/22 Arctic Ambition HcpCh 2m 6f 1 10-8 96 Racing Again Next Thursday H'cap S'chase €6,600
Thurles 24/11/22 Favori De Champdou (FR) NovHdl 2m 7f 13yds 1 11-10 127 I.N.H. Stallion Owners EBF Novice H'dle €8,100
Thurles 24/11/22 The Goffer BegCh 2m 6f 1 11-12 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Beginners S'ch €7,800
Thurles 24/11/22 Ginnets Girl MdnHdl 2m 7f 13yds p.u. 11-6 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (M) M'dn H'dle
Punchestown 20/11/22 Calico (FR) Hdl 2m 100yds 3 10-7 John Lynch Carpets 3-Y-O H'dle €1,400
Punchestown 20/11/22 Will Do MdnHdl 2m 5f 80yds 2 11-12 Irish EBF Supp. galabid.com/t21 Mdn Hdle €2,800
Punchestown 20/11/22 Minella Crooner NovCh 2m 6f 140yds 2 11-3 Liam & Valerie Brennan Novice S'chase (Grade 2) Grade 2 €7,300
Punchestown 20/11/22 Coventry HcpHdl 2m 7f 190yds 8 10-6 124 Pertemps Network Group H'cap H'dle
Punchestown 20/11/22 Delta Work (FR) Ch 3m 180yds 1 11-9 157 Pigsback.com Risk Of Thunder S'chase €10,500
Punchestown 20/11/22 Fakiera (FR) HcpCh 2m 6f 140yds 5 11-5 128 Ryans Cleaning H'cap S'chase €1,350
Punchestown 19/11/22 Grand Paradis (FR) NovCh 2m 180yds 5 11-4 139 Oak Lodge Landscapes Novice S'chase (Grade 2) Grade 2 €1,095
Punchestown 19/11/22 Queens Brook Hdl 2m 2f 40yds 1 10-11 144 Frontline Security (Mares) H'dle (Listed) Listed €15,000
Punchestown 19/11/22 Jungle Prose HcpHdl 3m 120yds 1 12-0 109 Conway Piling H'cap H'dle €6,900
Punchestown 19/11/22 Absolute Notions MdnHdl 2m 3f 100yds 1 11-7 O'Connor Heating Supp Longford M'dn Hdle €7,200
Clonmel 17/11/22 Landrake (GB) MdnHdl 2m 3f 60yds 1 11-4 I.N.H. Stallion Owners EBF M'dn H'dle €7,800
Clonmel 17/11/22 Doctor Churchill HcpHdl 2m 61yds 5 11-3 121 Clonmel Oil Service Station H'cap H'dle €630
Fairyhouse 15/11/22 The Greek NovCh 2m p.u. 11-9 122 Advanced Ticket Offer Rated Novice S'ch
Fairyhouse 15/11/22 Gerri Colombe (FR) BegCh 2m 5f 1 11-12 Irish National Hunt Beginners S'chase €6,600
Fairyhouse 15/11/22 Harmonya Maker (FR) MdnHdl 2m 3f 165yds 1 11-7 Fairyhouse Winter Festival (M) M'dn Hdle €6,000
Navan 13/11/22 Imagine (FR) NovHdl 2m 2 11-1 Gibney's For Auction Novice H'dle (Grade 3) Grade 3 €5,700

*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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