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.
BoyleSports Irish Grand National S'chase (Grade A) (General Principle - 2018)
Guinness Kerry National H'cap S'chase (Grade A) (Busselton (FR) - 2022)
Jack de Bromhead Christmas H'dle (Grade 1) (Home By The Lee - 2022)
Rybo H'cap H'dle (Grade A) (Ivanovich Gorbatov - 2019)
Lacy & Partners Solicitors Novice H'dle (Grade 1) (Tower Bridge - 2018)
Liam Healy Memorial Lartigue H'dle(Hcap) (Grade B) (Prairie Dancer - 2022)
Kelly Farm Modernisation Ltd H'cap H'dle (Grade B) (Celestial Horizon - 2022)
Tote.ie Never Beaten Tara H'cap H'dle (Grade B) (San Salvador - 2022)
Paddy Power Podcast Novice H'cap S'chase (Grade B) (Home By The Lee - 2021)
Horse & Jockey Hotel S'chase (Grade 2) (Fakir D'oudairies (FR) - 2023)
Railway Bar Lismullen H'dle (Grade 2) (Home By The Lee - 2022)
Paddy Power Podcast EBF Novice S'chase (Grade 3) (Home By The Lee - 2020)
Pertemps Network H'cap H'dle (Qualifier) (Panda Boy - 2021)
BetVictor EBF Boreen Belle (M) Nov H'dle (Listed) (Lunar Display - 2021)
Top Oil EBF Novice H'cap H'dle (Exactoris - 2016)
PriceWaterhouseCooper Rated S'chase (Attribution (GB) - 2017)
Kevin McManus Bookmaker H'cap H'dle (Top Moon (FR) - 2019)
Clonmel Oil Service Station H'cap H'dle (Thermistocles - 2018)
Midlands National Day July 20th Hcp Hdle (Treasure Chest - 2018)
Casey Precast H'cap S'chase (Punches Cross - 2019)
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