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 2022/202347233485155€293,700€293,790€587,490
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 202260010€0€1,590€1,590
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

Date From
Date To
Race Type
Venue Date Horse Race Type Distance Place Weight Rating Race Pattern/ Listed Prize Money
Punchestown 30/01/23 Watermark MdnHdl 2m 4f 70yds 8 11-7 Bar One Racing Sign Up (M) M'dn H'dle
Punchestown 30/01/23 Esthers Marvel HcpHdl 3m 20yds 9 11-1 82 Bar One Racing Exclusive Offer Hcap Hdle
Punchestown 30/01/23 Hartur D'arc (FR) NovHdl 2m 4f 70yds 8 11-4 Bar One Racing Rated Novice H'dle
Punchestown 30/01/23 Wee Charlie HcpHdl 2m 4f 70yds 5 11-9 90 The Bar One Racing Mobile App H'cap Hdle €315
Punchestown 30/01/23 Albaquirky MdnHdl 2m 4f 70yds 7 11-12 97 Bar One Racing Bet (C&G) M'dn H'dle
Punchestown 30/01/23 Dun Ar Aill MdnHdl 2m 19 11-12 Bar One Racing Best Odds M'dn H'dle
Naas 29/01/23 Grappa Nonino MdnHdl 1m 7f 151yds 11 11-7 Cheltenham Trials Day At Naas M'dn H'dle
Naas 29/01/23 Whatsnotoknow HcpCh 2m 4f 90yds 3 11-4 122 Naas 2023 Membership Novice Hcap S'chase €1,600
Naas 29/01/23 Future Proof HcpHdl 1m 7f 151yds 14 10-0 97 Naas Cleanest Town In Ireland H'cap Hdle
Fairyhouse 25/01/23 Tilloughna MdnHdl 2m 3f 110yds 6 11-7 HAY 'How Are Ya' Campaign (M) M'dn H'dle €200
Fairyhouse 25/01/23 Banada Bridge HcpHdl 2m 3f 110yds 15 11-2 83 Jump Into January @ fairyhouse Hcap Hdle
Fairyhouse 25/01/23 Rideau Canal MdnHdl 2m 3f 110yds 3 11-4 Fairyhouse Supporting Treo Eile Mdn Hdle €1,000
Down Royal 24/01/23 King Of Cashel MdnHdl 2m 1f 33yds 13 11-4 Molson Coors Beverage Company M'dn H'dle
Down Royal 24/01/23 Alko Rouge (FR) NovCh 2m 50yds 4 11-8 119 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Rated Nov. S'ch €925
Thurles 22/01/23 French Dynamite (FR) Ch 2m 4f 78yds 2 11-6 152 Horse & Jockey Hotel S'chase (Grade 2) Grade 2 €7,300
Thurles 22/01/23 Galon De Vauzelle (FR) HcpCh 2m 5f 162yds 4 10-1 104 www.thurlesraces.ie H'cap S'chase €800
Navan 21/01/23 Touch Of Oscar HcpHdl 2m 4f 11 11-0 95 Ardmulchan H'cap H'dle
Navan 21/01/23 Sanibel Island HcpCh 3m 2 10-12 84 Gormanlough H'cap S'chase €2,100
Navan 21/01/23 Hemlock (GB) MdnHdl 2m 4f 3 11-12 125 Buy Your Navan 2023 Membership M'dn Hdle €1,250
Clonmel 17/01/23 Dun Ar Aill MdnHdl 2m 164yds 12 11-12 Monroe M'dn H'dle

*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).