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 2022/202325717272229€166,500€140,475€306,975
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 202250000€0€390€390
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

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
Roscommon 26/09/22 Loughaneala Og BegCh 2m 5f 7 11-7 93 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Beg S'ch
Roscommon 26/09/22 Fill The Tank HcpHdl 2m 7f 170yds 9 11-4 102 Class Grass H'cap H'dle
Roscommon 26/09/22 Betty Dutton MdnHdl 2m 4f 1 10-11 Thomas A. Murray Bar (Mares) M'dn Hdle
Roscommon 26/09/22 Solitary Man MdnHdl 1m 7f 78yds 2 11-7 Boyle M'dn H'dle
Listowel 24/09/22 Borntobeyours HcpHdl 2m 4f 15 11-1 89 Kathleen Walsh Memorial H'cap H'dle (Div 2)
Listowel 24/09/22 Listentillitellyea HcpHdl 2m 4f 2 10-0 109 M.J. Carroll ARRO H'cap H'dle
Listowel 24/09/22 Sekifi HcpHdl 2m 4f p.u. 10-12 89 Kathleen Walsh Memorial H'cap H'dle (Div 1)
Listowel 24/09/22 Laser Focus MdnHdl 2m 4 11-7 John Lynch Memorial M'dn H'dle
Listowel 24/09/22 Jack Holiday HcpCh 2m 1f 6 10-0 107 Charlie Chute Memorial H'cap S'chase
Listowel 23/09/22 Tune The Chello HcpCh 2m 6f 3 10-9 120 Southampton Goodwill Plate H'cap S'chase
Listowel 23/09/22 Winning Rascal (GB) HcpHdl 3m 1 11-8 89 Guinness H'cap H'dle (Div 2)
Listowel 23/09/22 Effernock Fizz HcpHdl 2m 7 10-6 123 Ladbrokes H'cap H'dle (Grade B) Grade B
Listowel 23/09/22 Carnet De Stage HcpCh 2m 4f p.u. 11-12 107 Paud Fitzmaurice Memorial H'cap S'chase
Listowel 22/09/22 Diamond Union (GB) Mdn 1m 4f 8 10-1 Behans Horseshoe Bar, Restaurant M'dn
Listowel 21/09/22 Hand Over Fist (FR) MdnHdl 2m 7 11-12 McSweeney Brothers M'dn H'dle
Listowel 21/09/22 Gin On Lime (FR) HcpCh 3m 4 10-6 143 Guinness Kerry National H'cap S'chase (Grade A) Grade A €10,000
Listowel 21/09/22 Darrens Hope NovCh 2m 4f 4 11-7 132 Ballygarry Estate (Mares) Novice S'chase €850
Listowel 19/09/22 Evergreen And Red HcpHdl 2m 7 10-2 118 Liam Healy Memorial Lartigue H'dle(Hcap) (Grade B) Grade B
Listowel 19/09/22 Betty Dutton MdnHdl 2m 4f 3 11-4 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (M) M'dn H'dle €1,400
Listowel 19/09/22 Story Rory HcpHdl 2m 4f 3 11-7 109 Kevin's Bar/Exchange Inn H'cap H'dle €1,200
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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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