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 2021/202232839413936€297,900€231,415€529,315
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 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
Wexford 25/10/21 Soviet Pimpernel BegCh 2m 4 12-0 Download The Boylesports App Beg S'chase €550
Wexford 25/10/21 Kingslayer (FR) MdnHdl 2m 100yds 6 11-4 BetVictor M'dn H'dle €200
Wexford 25/10/21 Given Wings NovHdl 2m 100yds 8 11-8 Kehoe Farming Rated Novice H'dle
Wexford 25/10/21 Caesar Rock MdnHdl 2m 4f 3 12-0 Peter Nolan Bloodstock M'dn H'dle €1,000
Galway 24/10/21 Young Fitzy HcpHdl 2m 11yds 1 9-12 102 Anna O'Coinne Memorial H'cap H'dle €9,600
Galway 24/10/21 Sams Profile (GB) BegCh 2m 6f 111yds 10 12-0 BetVictor Irish EBF Beginners S'chase
Galway 24/10/21 Elusive Touch MdnHdl 2m 11yds 6 11-9 BetVictor Loyalty Club (M) M'dn H'dle €240
Galway 24/10/21 Peaches And Cream HcpCh 2m 6f 111yds 4 11-2 125 Marlin Hotel Dublin H'cap S'chase €1,050
Galway 24/10/21 Ballywilliam Boy NovHdl 2m 4f 156yds 1 11-12 131 BetVictor Casino Novice H'dle €8,100
Galway 24/10/21 Wake Up Early HcpCh 2m 6f 111yds 9 10-13 94 Glenman Corporation H'cap S'chase
Galway 23/10/21 Choice Of Words (GB) MdnHdl 2m 90yds 1 11-5 Connolly's RED MILLS EBF Auct. Mdn H'dle €12,000
Galway 23/10/21 Courting Vickie HcpHdl 3m 5 10-13 80 COLM QUINN BMW H'cap H'dle €300
Galway 23/10/21 Bread And Butter HcpHdl 2m 5f 200yds 7 10-8 120 W.B. Gavin & Co. H'cap H'dle
Galway 23/10/21 Razzle Dazzle Love NovCh 2m 2f 54yds 2 11-5 SANSERV Rated Novice S'chase €3,200
Sligo 22/10/21 Emancipator HcpHdl 2m 4f 4 11-12 89 Visit racingtv.com H'cap H'dle (Div 1) €500
Sligo 22/10/21 Midnight It Is (GB) MdnHdl 3m 1f 150yds 3 11-6 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn H'dle €1,300
Thurles 21/10/21 Sweet Justice HcpHdl 2m 8 11-12 94 Leugh H'cap H'dle
Thurles 21/10/21 Automatic HcpCh 2m 2f p.u. 11-9 93 The www.thurlesraces.ie H'cap S'chase
Thurles 21/10/21 Holymacapony Hdl 2m 7f 4 11-8 130 He'llberemembered H'dle €775
Thurles 21/10/21 Brave Way BegCh 2m 4f 142yds 4 11-9 Irish Stallion Farms EBF(Mares)Beg. S'ch €700

*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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