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. 

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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.  

SeasonRuns1st2nd3rd4thWin MoneyPlace MoneyTotal *
Winter All Weather 2020/202130110€0€3,000€3,000
Winter All Weather 2019/202040000€0€0€0
National Hunt 2021/2022201531€0€20,460€20,460
National Hunt 2020/202154044474648€534,900€286,440€821,340
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 202130000€0€0€0
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 14/05/21 Bold Emperor BegCh 2m 3f 200yds u.r. 12-0 Follow Kilbeggan On Twitter Beg. S'chase
Kilbeggan 14/05/21 Jack Holiday HcpCh 2m 3f 200yds 7 9-13 107 Follow Kilbeggan On Facebook Hcap Schase
Kilbeggan 14/05/21 Dollar Value (USA) HcpHdl 2m 1 11-4 111 Follow Kilbeggan On Instagram H'cap Hdle
Kilbeggan 14/05/21 Craic Eile MdnHdl 2m 3f 61yds 4 11-3 Irish Farmers Journal M'dn H'dle (Div 2)
Clonmel 13/05/21 Fix The Bill HcpHdl 2m 3f 189yds p.u. 11-9 104 Suir Blueway H'cap H'dle
Clonmel 13/05/21 Raven Rule MdnHdl 2m 148yds 2 11-9 Ancient East (Mares) M'dn H'dle €2,000
Clonmel 13/05/21 Shumard MdnHdl 2m 3f 189yds 7 11-6 Clonacody (C&G) M'dn H'dle
Clonmel 13/05/21 Maria Francesca HcpHdl 2m 3f 189yds fell 11-6 86 Sliabh Na mBan H'cap H'dle (Div 2)
Killarney 11/05/21 Great Trango Hcp 2m 182yds 11 10-2 77 Celtic Steps Supports Frontline H'cap
Killarney 10/05/21 Esthers Marvel MdnHdl 2m 6f 50yds 3 11-1 88 Ring Of Kerry (Mares) M'dn H'dle €1,000
Killarney 10/05/21 Jordan Bay MdnHdl 2m 4f fell 12-0 Follow Ross Golf Club On Insta M'dn Hdle
Killarney 09/05/21 Daicheadacuig MdnHdl 2m 1f 5 11-6 ML Lynch Civil Engineering M'dn H'dle €300
Killarney 09/05/21 Hannon HcpHdl 2m 1f 2 11-10 136 Kelly Farm Modernisation Ltd H'cap H'dle (Grade B) Grade B €8,000
Killarney 09/05/21 Allardyce (GB) HcpCh 2m 4f 3 11-8 103 J O C Metal Fabrication H'cap S'chase €1,100
Downpatrick 07/05/21 Call Of The Loon HcpCh 2m 7f 110yds 2 10-13 86 Molson Coors H'cap S'chase €2,000
Downpatrick 07/05/21 Highstreet Roller HcpHdl 2m 1f 100yds 2 11-7 106 ITBA Supp. Northern Breeders (M) Hcp Hdl €2,200
Downpatrick 07/05/21 Downthecellar HcpCh 2m 3f 55yds 3 11-6 87 Cosy Roof H'cap S'chase €1,000
Tipperary 06/05/21 Jack Holiday HcpCh 2m 1f 60yds 2 11-10 104 Tipperary Racecourse H'cap S'chase €2,200
Tipperary 06/05/21 Friary Rock (FR) BegCh 2m 7f 70yds 5 12-0 Berkshire @ Kedrah House Stud Beg. S'ch €330
Tipperary 06/05/21 Runaway Gun MdnHdl 2m p.u. 11-1 Hotel Minella (Mares) M'dn 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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