Date of Birth: June 6, 2000
County of origin: Tipperary
First winner: Locus Standi (Jim Bolger) Dundalk, March 16, 2017
Champion apprentice: 2020
HRI Award winner: Emerging Talent (2020); Ride of the Year Award (2020)
Assoc. Trainers: Donnacha O'Brien
Significant horses: Shale, Saltonstall, Current Option, Truffles, Dawn Hoofer, Trossachs, Helvic Dream, Edification Locus Standi.
Did you know:
From Killenaule, County Tipperary, Gavin rode a winner on his first ride on the racecourse when Locus Standi, trained by Jim Bolger, won the Follow Us On Twitter Handicap at Dundalk on March 16, 2017. He began his career with point-to-point trainer Aidan Kennedy and Edward O'Grady and then joined Jim Bolger as an apprentice. Gavin combines his riding career with school work and will sit his Leaving Certificate exams in June, 2019.
Gavin rode the first double of his career at Dundalk on Friday, January 18, 2019 when he was successful on the Jim Bolger-trained McGuigan and Latchet. He rode his first treble at the same venue in November of the following year on when successful on the Donnacha O'Brien-trained Hazel, Ado McGuinness' Eglish and Pachmena for Johnny Feane, riding out his claim in the process.
The following afternoon at Naas, Gavin was crowned champion apprentice for 2020 with 51 winners. Gavin finished 15 winners clear of runner-up Shane Crosse.
Gavin was a dual winner at the 2020 Horse Racing Ireland Awards. On the back of a terrific season that saw him crowned champion apprentice, ride his first Group race winner and become the leading Flat jockey at the Galway festival, Gavin was the winner of the Emerging Talent Award.
For his winning effort on the Ado McGuinness-trained Saltonstall in the Colm Quinn BMW Mile Handicap at Galway, Gavin topped a public poll to also win the 2020 Ride of the Year Award.
Irish Stallion Farms EBF 'Ahonoora' Hcap (Current Option - 2020)
COLM QUINN BMW Mile H'cap (Saltonstall (GB) - 2020)
Coolmore Stud EBF (Fillies) Sprint Stks (Group 3) (Porta Fortuna - 2023)
Coolmore U S Navy Flag Concorde Stakes (Group 3) (Current Option - 2020)
Japan Racing Association Tyros Stakes (Group 3) (Proud And Regal - 2022)
P.W. McGrath Memorial Ballysax Stakes (Group 3) (Piz Badile - 2022)
Frank Conroy Silver Flash Stakes (Group 3) (Shale - 2020)
Irish Stallion Farms EBF 'Ragusa' H'cap (Edification (GB) - 2020)
Coolmore Ten Sovereigns Tipperary Stakes (Listed) (Wodao (FR) - 2022)
Nijinsky Stakes (Listed) (Fernando Vichi - 2021)
Saval Beg Levmoss Stks (Listed) (Emperor Of The Sun - 2021)
Sean Barrett Bloodstock Stakes (Listed) (Laugh A Minute (GB) - 2021)
Glencairn Stakes (Listed) (Saltonstall (GB) - 2020)
Platinum Stakes (Listed) (Current Option - 2020)
Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) H'cap (Truffles - 2017)
Irish EBF Median Sires Series M'dn (Do It With Style - 2023)
Irish EBF Auction Series M'dn (Winemaker (FR) - 2022)
Irish EBF Median Sires Series Mdn (Dolly May - 2021)
Her.ie Apprentice Derby (Dawn Hoofer - 2018)
Racing Again Tomorrow H'cap (Tip Of The Spear - 2022)
*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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