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 2021/202212316181814€114,300€91,495€205,795
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
Tipperary 18/07/21 Optical Confusion HcpCh 2m 3f 5 11-1 124 Tipperary Town Plate H'cap S'chase €480
Tipperary 18/07/21 Hungry Tiger HcpCh 2m 120yds 1 10-3 74 Jim Ryan Racecourse Services H'cap Chase €6,000
Tipperary 18/07/21 Dommage Pour Toi (FR) BegCh 2m 120yds p.u. 12-0 130 Tipperary Racecourse Beginners S'chase
Tipperary 18/07/21 Zoffalee (FR) NovCh 2m 3f p.u. 11-5 Packie Downey Memorial Rated Nov Chase
Tipperary 18/07/21 War Eagle BegCh 2m 3f p.u. 12-0 Racing Again August 6th Beginners Schase
Killarney 16/07/21 Everlastingpromise (GB) HcpCh 2m 1f 2 11-0 137 BoyleSports H'cap S'chase (Grade B) Grade B €8,000
Killarney 16/07/21 Happy Jacky HcpHdl 2m 4f 4 11-9 127 Download The BoyleSports App H'cap H'dle €1,050
Killarney 16/07/21 Jack Holiday HcpHdl 2m 1f 5 11-7 90 Daily Jackpots At BoyleSports H'cap H'dl (Div 2) €300
Killarney 16/07/21 Different Spot HcpCh 2m 4f 4 11-0 102 BoyleSports Live Casino H'cap S'chase €550
Killarney 16/07/21 Trenchtown Rock HcpHdl 2m 1f 2 11-1 84 Daily Jackpots At BoyleSports H'cap H'dl (Div 1) €2,000
Killarney 15/07/21 Naturally Blond HcpHdl 2m 4f 1 11-3 83 Dawn Hi + Lo H'cap H'dle (Div 1) €6,000
Killarney 15/07/21 Elegant Lass HcpHdl 2m 1f 3 10-12 113 Dawn Milk Run H'cap H'dle €2,100
Killarney 15/07/21 Dylan Oak HcpHdl 2m 4f 4 11-10 91 Dawn Hi + Lo H'cap H'dle (Div 2) €500
Killarney 15/07/21 My Capel Island MdnHdl 2m 4f 13 11-6 Dawn Omega Milk M'dn H'dle
Downpatrick 13/07/21 Bred That Way MdnHdl 2m 2f 165yds fell 11-6 Future Ticketing (C&G) M'dn H'dle
Downpatrick 13/07/21 Cream Sparkles MdnHdl 2m 5f 170yds 5 10-13 Irish Thoroughbred Agency.org M'dn H'dle €300
Downpatrick 13/07/21 Magic Piper HcpHdl 2m 5f 170yds p.u. 11-11 99 Victoria du Monde.ie H'cap H'dle
Downpatrick 13/07/21 Tick Along HcpHdl 2m 2f 165yds 6 11-12 91 Virtual Live Racing H'cap H'dle €200
Sligo 11/07/21 Pope Liam MdnHdl 2m 194yds 10 12-0 RSS Document Storage M'dn H'dle
Sligo 11/07/21 Trixie Mc HcpHdl 2m 194yds 3 10-11 98 I.S.F. EBF (Mares) Novice H'cap H'dle €1,300
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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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