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 2022/202360044586571€414,900€418,405€833,305
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
Listowel 05/06/23 Truckers Call MdnHdl 2m 14 11-12 John B. Keane (C & G) M'dn H'dle
Listowel 05/06/23 Winning Mischief MdnHdl 2m 3 11-7 Nora Canty (Mares) M'dn H'dle
Listowel 05/06/23 Betty Dutton HcpHdl 2m 3 11-6 100 South Of Ireland (Mares) H'cap H'dle
Listowel 05/06/23 Must Meet Cecil HcpHdl 2m 10 10-1 107 Join Racing TV Now H'cap H'dle
Listowel 05/06/23 Effernock Fizz Ch 2m 3f 3 10-13 135 John J. Galvin S'chase
Kilbeggan 04/06/23 Itwasfate (GB) BegCh 2m 3f 100yds 3 11-12 New Midland Hospice Beginners S'chase
Kilbeggan 04/06/23 Shes Some Doll HcpCh 2m 3f 100yds 4 10-6 100 Entegro H'cap S'chase
Tramore 03/06/23 Wendell's Lass (GB) HcpHdl 2m 175yds 2 11-3 89 Comeragh Wildlife Park H'cap H'dle
Tramore 03/06/23 Lucky Two MdnHdl 2m 5f 120yds 9 11-12 Copper Coast M'dn H'dle
Tramore 03/06/23 The Folkes Tiara MdnHdl 2m 175yds 2 11-4 Visit West Waterford M'dn H'dle
Tramore 03/06/23 Bearwithmenow HcpCh 2m 5f 50yds 7 11-8 88 Pickerdstown H'cap S'chase
Tramore 03/06/23 Doyouthinkso (GB) HcpHdl 2m 5f 120yds 7 11-6 101 Annestown H'cap H'dle
Down Royal 02/06/23 Val The Man HcpHdl 2m 4f 80yds 9 12-0 102 BoyleSports H'cap H'dle
Wexford 31/05/23 Hartur D'arc (FR) MdnHdl 2m 4f 1 11-12 Wexford Racecourse M'dn H'dle €6,300
Wexford 31/05/23 Anyway (GER) HcpHdl 2m 1f 100yds 6 11-12 93 BoyleSports H'cap H'dle (Div 2) €210
Wexford 31/05/23 Portarlington HcpHdl 2m 1f 100yds fell 11-8 95 BoyleSports H'cap H'dle (Div 1)
Ballinrobe 30/05/23 Ballystone MdnHdl 2m 40yds 1 11-4 Sheridan Electric M'dn H'dle (Div 1) €6,300
Ballinrobe 30/05/23 Solitary Man HcpHdl 2m 40yds 2 11-11 106 Portwest H'cap H'dle €2,300
Ballinrobe 30/05/23 Annie Bella HcpHdl 2m 6f 13yds 9 11-4 85 FBD H'cap H'dle (Div 1)
Ballinrobe 30/05/23 My Good Pal Hdl 2m 40yds 8 11-0 KPMG 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).