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 2022/2023552415€16,500€16,740€33,240
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
Roscommon 04/07/22 Jesina HcpHdl 1m 7f 90yds 10 11-8 96 Re/Max Team Earley H'cap H'dle
Tramore 03/07/22 Katzoff HcpHdl 2m 8 11-6 87 Your New Tote At Tramore H'cap H'dle
Tramore 03/07/22 Bellgrove HcpCh 2m 13 10-0 74 August Festival Discounts H'cap S'chase
Bellewstown 02/07/22 Shona Mea MdnHdl 2m 188yds 6 11-5 Bar One Racing Bet On Mobile M'dn H'dle €210
Wexford 01/07/22 Edison Kent BegCh 2m 4f 9 11-12 MSK Silversands Ltd Beginners S'chase
Wexford 01/07/22 Nobrainnoheadache HcpHdl 2m p.u. 11-2 82 Tote H'cap H'dle
Wexford 01/07/22 Dot Cotton MdnHdl 2m 4f 150yds 4 11-5 Neville Hotels M'dn H'dle €525
Tipperary 30/06/22 Hoganville HcpHdl 3m 9 11-5 86 Follow H'cap H'dle
Tipperary 30/06/22 Prince Of Peace HcpHdl 2m p.u. 10-3 89 H'cap H'dle
Tipperary 30/06/22 Smitty Bacall HcpHdl 2m 4f 9 11-7 115 Tipperary H'cap H'dle
Tipperary 30/06/22 Nicoles Getaway MdnHdl 2m 4f p.u. 10-5 Tipperary Town M'dn H'dle
Listowel 06/06/22 Gringo D'ainay (FR) HcpHdl 2m 4f 2 11-11 99 Mike Lawlee Memorial H'cap H'dle €2,100
Kilbeggan 05/06/22 Chiricahua NovHdl 3m 95yds 4 11-10 120 Novice H'dle €600
Kilbeggan 05/06/22 Chitchat Sally HcpHdl 3m 95yds 9 11-5 83 Follow Kilbeggan On Twitter H'cap H'dle
Tramore 04/06/22 Gallic Boy MdnHdl 2m 175yds 6 11-4 95 Visit West Waterford M'dn H'dle €210
Tramore 04/06/22 Mighty Meggsie BegCh 1m 7f 100yds 2 11-7 Tramore GAA (Mares) Beginners S'chase €2,300
Tramore 04/06/22 Walking The Walk HcpCh 2m 5f 50yds 4 10-4 82 Tramore AFC H'cap S'chase €575
Tramore 03/06/22 Conor's Gift MdnHdl 2m 5f 30yds 10 11-7 Kilmeaden (Mares) M'dn H'dle
Tramore 03/06/22 Brideswell Lad BegCh 2m 5f 6 11-12 103 Waterford Chamber Of Commerce Beg. S'ch €230
Tramore 03/06/22 Gibbet Hill HcpHdl 2m 5f 30yds p.u. 11-3 84 Visit Dunmore East H'cap 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).

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