Darragh O'Keeffe

Date of Birth: March 21, 2000

County of origin: Cork

First winner: William Du Berlais (Enda Bolger) Killarney, July 17, 2018

Assoc. Trainers: Enda Bolger, Henry De Bromhead

Significant horses (selected): A Plus Tard, William Du Berlais, Ballyoisin, Deor, The Gatechecker, All The Answers, Sayce Gold. 

HRI Award winner: Ride of the Year 2021 (A Plus Tard, Grade 1 Savills Chase, Leopardstown, December 2020)

Did you know: 

From Doneraile, County Cork, Darragh was 18 years of age when he rode his first winner on the Enda Bolger-trained William Du Berlais at Killarney in July, 2018. His career was well and truly up and running when partnered the same horse to win again just five days later at Tipperary.

Another owned by JP McManus, Ballyoisin, gave Darragh notable early success when winning the €100,000 Ladbrokes Ireland Listowel Handicap Hurdle at the Listowel festival in September of the same year. 

Darragh rode his 60th winner and rode out his claim when landing the Cork Grand National on the Michael Hourigan-trained The Gatechecker in early November, 2019. 

Darragh became champion conditional jockey for the 2019/2020 season. He won the title with a record 45 winners, one more than Jack Kennedy’s winning total in the 2015/2016 season. O’Keeffe finished five winners clear of Kevin Brouder with both jockeys riding out their claims during the season. In addition to his big Cork success on The Gatechecker, Darragh also enjoyed notable victories on the Joseph O'Brien-trained All The Answers, one of his three Galway festival winners, and Enda Bolger’s Ballyoisin, in a season cut short by the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Darragh rode his first Grade 3 winner when taking the Kerry Group Stayers Novice Hurdle on the Michael Winters-trained Sayce Gold at Cork on Sunday, December 6, 2020. 

Better was to come at the Leopardstown Christmas Festival three weeks later where Darragh enjoyed his first Grade 1 success on the Henry De Bromhead-trained A Plus Tard in the Savills Chase. It was his first ride in a Grade 1 race and his winning effort saw him come out on top in a public vote for the HRI Ride of the Year at the 2021 HRI Awards. 

SeasonRuns1st2nd3rd4thWin MoneyPlace MoneyTotal *
Winter All Weather 2021/202220001€0€550€550
Winter All Weather 2020/202130110€0€3,000€3,000
Winter All Weather 2019/202040000€0€0€0
National Hunt 2022/202317312151216€112,800€79,550€192,350
National Hunt 2021/202262862706977€571,800€511,300€1,083,100
National Hunt 2020/202154044484548€534,900€287,440€822,340
National Hunt 2019/202041448435523€459,213€331,895€791,108
National Hunt 2018/201913514979€171,719€78,988€250,706
National Hunt 2017/201860010€0€1,000€1,000
Flat 202240000€0€390€390
Flat 202150001€0€500€500
Flat 2020341014€6,000€3,700€9,700
Flat 2019151011€6,600€2,480€9,080
Flat 201760000€0€0€0

Venue
Date From
Date To
Horse
Race Type
Distance
Place
Weight
Rating
Pattern/Listed
Venue Date Horse Race Type Distance Place Weight Rating Race Pattern/ Listed Prize Money
Kilbeggan 06/08/22 Hand Over Fist (FR) MdnHdl 2m 3f 11 11-4 Kilbeggan On Facebook M'dn H'dle
Kilbeggan 06/08/22 Presenting Bonnie HcpCh 2m 3f 5 10-3 104 Kilmurray's Homevalue H'cap S'chase
Kilbeggan 06/08/22 Three Loud Knocks Hdl 3m 1f 8 10-10 Joe Cooney Memorial H'dle
Wexford 05/08/22 Alice O'Byrne HcpHdl 2m 4f 100yds 11 11-11 99 Traynors Of Wexford H'cap H'dle
Wexford 05/08/22 Act Of God (GB) BegCh 2m 4f 1 11-12 O’Driscoll’s Irish Whiskey Beg S'chase
Wexford 05/08/22 Naturally Blond HcpHdl 3m 3 11-10 91 Think Print & Design H'cap H'dle
Wexford 05/08/22 Ricky Langford HcpCh 2m 2 11-0 95 Racing TV Members H'cap S'chase
Sligo 04/08/22 Ask The Leader HcpHdl 2m 1f 195yds 5 11-5 93 Apex Controls Ltd Hcap Hdle €330
Sligo 04/08/22 Outa Karney MdnHdl 2m 1f 195yds 9 11-7 Martin Reilly Hyundai (Mares) M'dn H'dle
Roscommon 02/08/22 Bells Life MdnHdl 2m 4f 198yds 9 11-12 100 Railway Bar M'dn H'dle
Roscommon 02/08/22 Lorca (GER) MdnHdl 2m 30yds 5 11-9 Curraghboy M'dn H'dle €300
Roscommon 02/08/22 Esthers Marvel HcpCh 2m 5f 7 11-10 98 Connaughton Auctioneers H'cap S'chase
Roscommon 02/08/22 Rocc On Eddie HcpHdl 3m 210yds p.u. 11-0 95 Paul Byron Shoes H'cap H'dle
Cork 01/08/22 Der Mc HcpHdl 2m 2f 180yds 12 10-10 91 Kanturk H'cap H'dle
Cork 01/08/22 Stellar Symphony MdnHdl 2m 1f 5 11-7 Mallow (M) M'dn H'dle €360
Cork 01/08/22 Let Her Flow HcpHdl 2m 2f 180yds 4 11-6 87 Follow Us On Instagram (M) H'cap H'dle €525
Galway 31/07/22 January Jets HcpCh 2m 2f 54yds 4 11-6 136 Lord Hemphill Memorial H'cap S'chase €1,500
Galway 30/07/22 Digby HcpHdl 2m 6f 168yds fell 10-11 128 BoyleSports H'cap H'dle (Grade B) Grade B
Galway 30/07/22 A Million Bucks MdnHdl 2m 150yds 11 11-12 BoyleSports Download The App M'dn H'dle
Galway 29/07/22 Mr Saxobeat HcpHdl 2m 11yds 7 10-11 118 Guinness Galway Tribes H'cap H'dle
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*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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