JJ Slevin

County of origin: Wexford

First winner: Chapel Garden (John Clifford) Thurles, December 22nd, 2013

Significant horses: General Principle, Tower Bridge, Band Of Outlaws, Champagne Classic, Moylisha Tim

Assoc. Trainers: Joseph O'Brien, Gordon Elliott, Liz Doyle, Richie Rath, Sean Doyle, Shay Slevin, Paul Stafford 

Did you know:

From Kiltrea, Caim, County Wexford, James Joseph Slevin began his career as an amateur rider and turned professional in August 2016. He rode 34 winners "between the flags" with his first success coming on Herecomestherain, trained by his father Shay, at Ballydarragh on November 14th, 2010. His first winner on the racecourse proper came on the John Clifford-trained Chapel Garden in the Curaheen INH Flat Race at Thurles on December 22nd, 2013.

In all, he rode 11 winners as an amateur, including two for trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies in Britain. His first success as a professional came when he dead-heated on the Sean Doyle-trained Craig Star with Liam Cusack's Lasoscar in the Tote Handicap Hurdle at Roscommon on August 29th, 2016. Just four days later, he enjoyed his first outright success when Doyle's Crosshue Boy landed the Martinstown Opportunity Handicap Hurdle at Kilbeggan.

JJ was still an amateur when enjoying a notable success on the Richie Rath-trained Moylisha Tim in a Grade 3 novice hurdle at Cork in November 2015 but a higher profile success came his way at the Cheltenham Festival in March 2017 when he landed the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle on the Gordon Elliott-trained Champagne Classic. He rode a second Cheltenham Festival winner in 2019 when he won the Fred Winter Handicap Hurdle on the Joseph O'Brien-trained Band Of Outlaws. 

He rode his first Grade 1 winner when taking the Nathaniel Lacy & Partners Solicitors Novice Hurdle on the Joseph O'Brien-trained Tower Bridge on the opening day of the inaugural Dublin Racing Festival at Leopardstown on Saturday, February 3, 2018. It was his first ride in a top-level contest. A bigger winner came in the shape of General Principle, trained by Gordon Elliott, on which Slevin won the BoyleSports Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse on Easter Monday, April 2, 2018. 

JJ holds a degree in journalism from Griffith College, Dublin. 

SeasonRuns1st2nd3rd4thWin MoneyPlace MoneyTotal *
National Hunt 2019/202030329312926€258,900€257,765€516,665
National Hunt 2018/201934027453521€284,688€329,950€614,638
National Hunt 2017/201831932402827€609,688€237,925€847,613
National Hunt 2016/201717620162417€165,063€142,875€307,938

Date From
Date To
Race Type
Venue Date Horse Race Type Distance Place Weight Rating Race Pattern/ Listed Prize Money
Clonmel 24/03/20 Sargent Lightfoot HcpHdl 2m 4 12-0 95 Extra Places On The App H'cap H'dle €525
Downpatrick 22/03/20 Coastal Tiep (FR) HcpCh 3m 4f 120yds p.u. 11-0 123 Randox Ulster National H'cap S'chase
Thurles 21/03/20 Thermistocles BegCh 2m 6f 1 12-0 Horse & Jockey Beginners S'chase €7,200
Thurles 21/03/20 Star Max (GER) NovCh 2m 2f fell 11-0 135 Pierce Molony Memorial Novice S'chase (Grade 3) Grade 3
Down Royal 17/03/20 Now Where Or When MdnHdl 2m 140yds 3 11-4 Bluegrass M'dn H'dle €1,100
Down Royal 17/03/20 Lily's Gem HcpHdl 2m 3f 105yds p.u. 10-10 109 Cleary Contracting Ltd Novice Hcap H'dle
Down Royal 17/03/20 Fine Rightly Ch 3m 2f 50yds 5 11-0 129 Racing TV S'chase €600
Limerick 15/03/20 Thermistocles BegCh 2m 1f 160yds 3 11-12 Book Online Beginners S'chase €1,400
Limerick 15/03/20 Scarlet And Dove NovHdl 2m 6f 4 10-12 Kerry Group EBF ShannonSpray (M) Nov Hdl Grade 3 €1,775
Naas 08/03/20 Tara Gael MdnHdl 2m 3f 11 11-5 Expert Air Express Delivery M'dn H'dle
Naas 08/03/20 Meticulous NovHdl 1m 7f 165yds 5 11-2 Irish Racing Writers Kingsfurze Nov.Hdle (Listed) Listed €825
Naas 08/03/20 Choungaya (FR) HcpCh 3m 6 10-12 138 MansionBet Leinster National Hcap Schase (Grade A) Grade A €2,000
Gowran Park 07/03/20 Triplicate HcpCh 2m 2f 5 11-5 129 Holden Plant Rentals Shamrock H'cap S'ch (Grade B) Grade B €1,500
Thurles 05/03/20 Sargent Lightfoot MdnHdl 2m 6 11-4 thurles.ie M'dn H'dle €220
Clonmel 04/03/20 Flynsini HcpCh 2m 7f 4 10-8 82 Microdog ID H'cap S'chase €550
Clonmel 04/03/20 Touch Of Oscar HcpCh 2m 3f 200yds p.u. 11-12 118 Kilsheelan Novice H'cap S'chase
Navan 03/03/20 New Ross MdnHdl 2m 4 11-7 Shamrock Festival 14th March M'dn H'dle €675
Navan 03/03/20 Scarlet And Dove MdnHdl 2m 1 11-7 Dunmoe (Mares) M'dn H'dle €8,100
Leopardstown 02/03/20 Ballybrowney Jack (FR) HcpHdl 3m 13 11-6 103 TRI Equestrian H'cap H'dle
Leopardstown 01/03/20 Espion Du Chenet (FR) Hdl 2m 2f 30yds p.u. 11-0 New Leopardstown Racing Hall H'dle

*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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