Sean O'Keeffe

County of Origin: Wexford

First winner: Cordovan Brown (Liz Doyle) Punchestown, October 18, 2017

First Grade 3 winner: Exit Poll (Jessica Harrington) Ballymore Group Irish EBF Kilbegnet Novice Chase, Roscommon, September 27, 2021

First Grade 2 winner: Concertista (Willie Mullins) O'Flynn Group Irish EBF Mares Novice Chase, Cork, December 5, 2021

Significant horses: Energumene, Concertista, Galopin Des Champs, Eclair De Beaufeu, Cloudy Morning, Jetez, Goose Man, Bothar Dubh, A Toi Phil, Dromore Lad, Fine Theatre.

Assoc. Trainers: Willie Mullins, Liz Doyle, Tony Mullins, Gordon Elliott, John Ryan. 

Did you know: 

From Taghmon, County Wexford, Sean began his career in the amateur ranks and as an 18-year-old, rode his first winner, Cordovan Brown at Punchestown in October, 2017. It was only his second ride. He rode three winners as an amateur and his career really took off when he turned professional in August of the following year. 

Sean wasted little time in quickly establishing himself as a leading conditional jockey. He won the Matheson Handicap Chase at the Dublin Racing Festival on the Gordon Elliott-trained Eclair De Beaufeu in February, 2020 and ended that season with a fine tally of 27 winners as he took third place in the conditional jockeys' championship. 

Sean notched up his 60th winner and rode out his claim when taking the Cork Grand National on the John Ryan-trained Dromore Lad at the Mallow venue on Sunday, November 1, 2020. 

Sean rode his first winner at the Cheltenham Festival when partnering the Willie Mullins-trained Galopin Des Champs to win the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle in 2021. It was a famous victory as it was the 23rd Irish-trained winner at the 2021 Festival (a record at the time) and it also secured an eighth Cheltenham Festival leading trainer title for Mullins, the Festival's all-time leading trainer. Sean also rode a winner for Mullins at the festival the following year when landing the Grade 1 Albert Bartlett Novices´ Hurdle on The Nice Guy. 

Sean rode two doubles as a 7lbs claimer and had lost his claim well in advance of riding his first treble at Sligo in September 2021. The second treble of his career was far more high profile and he shared it with champion trainer Willie Mullins. At Cork on Sunday, December 5, 2021, O'Keeffe and Mullins combined to win a two-mile maiden hurdle with Dysart Dynamo and also won the Grade 2 O'Flynn Group Irish EBF Mares Novice Chase with Concertista and the Grade 2 Kerry Group Hilly Way Chase with Energumene. They were the jockey's first winners at Grade 2 level. 

SeasonRuns1st2nd3rd4thWin MoneyPlace MoneyTotal *
National Hunt 2022/202337322333226€229,800€256,115€485,915
National Hunt 2021/202252345424042€547,800€370,335€918,135
National Hunt 2020/202145939314929€391,200€219,820€611,020
National Hunt 2019/202039327324546€301,938€238,948€540,885
National Hunt 2018/201911543159€64,688€40,044€104,731
Flat 202120000€0€0€0

Date From
Date To
Race Type
Venue Date Horse Race Type Distance Place Weight Rating Race Pattern/ Listed Prize Money
Wexford 31/03/23 Four Country Roads HcpCh 3m 1f 100yds p.u. 10-6 77 Wexford Supporters Club H'cap S'chase (Div 1)
Limerick 30/03/23 Toon Town HcpHdl 2m 2 10-12 86 Locke Burger H'cap H'dle €2,100
Limerick 30/03/23 Church Lane HcpHdl 2m 5f p.u. 10-13 80 J.J. Kavanagh & Sons H'cap H'dle
Limerick 30/03/23 Positive Thinker HcpHdl 2m 2 10-9 97 Shannsoft Computer Networks Nov Hcp Hdle €2,300
Limerick 30/03/23 Longhouse Star MdnHdl 2m 5f 7 11-12 Supermac's (C&G) M'dn H'dle
Limerick 26/03/23 Battle Of Mirbat HcpCh 2m 1f 110yds 2 11-1 109 Limerick Racecourse Novice H'cap S'chase €3,000
Limerick 26/03/23 Happy Dreams (FR) HcpCh 2m 3f 120yds 1 10-3 107 Limerick Racecourse On Social H'cap S'ch €9,900
Clonmel 21/03/23 Kaytana MdnHdl 2m 2f 112yds p.u. 11-12 80 Knocklofty M'dn H'dle
Clonmel 21/03/23 Conyers Hill MdnHdl 2m 3 11-4 Fourmilewater M'dn H'dle €1,000
Clonmel 21/03/23 The Big Cloud HcpHdl 2m 12 11-5 86 Cannonwood H'cap H'dle
Clonmel 21/03/23 Littel Flour Hdl 2m 2f 112yds p.u. 10-8 97 Nire Valley Claiming H'dle
Thurles 18/03/23 Big Ears BegCh 2m 2f 10 11-7 Dillon Quirke Foundation (M) Beg S'chase
Thurles 18/03/23 Lifetime Ambition Hdl 2m 7f 49yds 3 11-0 End Of The Season H'dle €1,150
Thurles 18/03/23 Robin De Light HcpHdl 2m 7f 49yds p.u. 10-6 87 Leugh H'cap H'dle
Thurles 18/03/23 Seskin Flyer HcpCh 2m 4f 118yds p.u. 10-0 77 Jimmy Neville Memorial H'cap S'chase
Naas 12/03/23 Sonny May MdnHdl 2m 3f 3 11-12 Bar One Racing Guaranteed M'dn H'dle €1,250
Naas 12/03/23 Aione (FR) HcpCh 3m 126yds fell 10-12 129 Bar One Racing Leinster National Hcp Sch (Grade A) Grade A
Gowran Park 11/03/23 Islashoon MdnHdl 2m 16 11-7 Best Of Luck To The Irish (M) M'dn H'dle
Gowran Park 11/03/23 Positive Thinker HcpHdl 2m 4f 3 11-2 97 BoyleSports H'cap H'dle €1,150
Gowran Park 11/03/23 Western Model MdnHdl 2m 14 11-2 Goresbridge M'dn H'dle (Div 1)

*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).