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 2020/202144835364044€387,900€217,570€605,470
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 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
Gowran Park 02/03/21 Amaulino (FR) HcpHdl 2m 4f p.u. 10-9 108 Holden Plant Rentals H'cap H'dle
Gowran Park 02/03/21 Up With The Play MdnHdl 2m 3 11-9 Sea Moon & Jukebox At Burgage M'dn H'dle (Div 2)
Gowran Park 02/03/21 An Epic Song (FR) MdnHdl 2m 1 11-9 Sea Moon & Jukebox At Burgage M'dn H'dle (Div 1)
Punchestown 01/03/21 Gripsou Charolais (FR) MdnHdl 2m 39yds 15 11-6 Punchestown Different Colour M'dn H'dle (Div 2)
Punchestown 01/03/21 Ballingrane MdnHdl 2m 4f p.u. 11-6 I.N.H. Stallion Owners EBF M'dn H'dle
Punchestown 01/03/21 Lady Kapalua HcpHdl 2m 4f 9 10-6 86 Punchestown H'cap H'dle
Punchestown 01/03/21 Oscaraldo MdnHdl 2m 39yds 9 11-6 Punchestown Different Colour M'dn H'dle (Div 1)
Naas 28/02/21 Agent Boru HcpCh 2m 4f 90yds 6 10-3 116 Paddy Power Podcast Novice H'cap S'chase (Grade B) Grade B €800
Naas 28/02/21 Great Bear (GB) MdnHdl 1m 7f 101yds 3 11-13 124 Paddy Power Livestream M'dn H'dle (Div 2) €1,200
Naas 28/02/21 Razzle Dazzle Love NovHdl 1m 7f 101yds 7 10-13 126 Paddy Power Betting Shop Novice H'dle (Grade 2) Grade 2
Naas 28/02/21 Stand Off HcpHdl 1m 7f 101yds 5 10-10 115 Paddy's Rewards Club H'cap H'dle €480
Fairyhouse 27/02/21 Rhythm Divine HcpHdl 2m 4f 1 11-1 125 Tommy Carberry H'cap H'dle €12,600
Fairyhouse 27/02/21 Rightback Atya HcpHdl 2m 6f 165yds 9 10-2 83 Easter Festival 3rd-5th April H'cap Hdle
Thurles 25/02/21 West Cork Wildway NovHdl 2m 4f 218yds 4 11-2 132 Markaye Michael Purcell Mem Novice H'dle (Grade 3) Grade 3 €1,375
Fairyhouse 22/02/21 Stansfield HcpHdl 2m 3 12-0 95 Racing From Home H'cap H'dle €1,000
Fairyhouse 22/02/21 Brookline MdnHdl 2m 2 11-2 Sign Up To Our Newsletter M'dn H'dle €2,000
Navan 21/02/21 Alko Rouge (FR) MdnHdl 1m 7f 170yds 1 12-0 Navan Members M'dn H'dle €7,200
Navan 21/02/21 Getaday HcpCh 3m fell 10-10 109 Racing Again March 6th H'cap S'chase
Thurles 15/02/21 The Grey Guy HcpHdl 2m 7f 2 11-2 80 Killinan H'cap H'dle €2,000
Thurles 15/02/21 Knockraha Boss HcpCh 2m 89yds p.u. 10-3 88 Racing Again February 25th H'cap S'chase
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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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