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 2022/202324612211918€98,100€146,615€244,715
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
Fairyhouse 04/12/22 Aghaboy (GER) Hdl 2m 7 11-0 Bar One Racing Price Boost Juvenile Hdle (Grade 3) Grade 3
Fairyhouse 04/12/22 Ashdale Bob Hdl 2m 3f 130yds 4 11-10 152 Bar One Racing Hatton's Grace H'dle (Grade 1) Grade 1
Fairyhouse 04/12/22 Waitnsee HcpCh 3m 5f p.u. 10-9 129 Bar One Racing Porterstown H'cap S'chase (Grade B) Grade B
Fairyhouse 04/12/22 Hope Des Blins (FR) HcpCh 2m 3f 165yds fell 10-6 112 Bar One Racing Irish EBF (M) Hcap Schase
Fairyhouse 04/12/22 Cotteemcavennigoal HcpHdl 2m 7 10-4 118 BARONERACING.COM H'cap H'dle (Grade A) Grade A
Fairyhouse 03/12/22 Joyeux Machin (FR) MdnHdl 2m 1 11-12 Kettles Supp. Fingal Ravens M'dn H'dle (Div 1)
Fairyhouse 03/12/22 Sixty Seconds MdnHdl 2m 9 11-12 Kettles Supp. Fingal Ravens M'dn H'dle (Div 2)
Fairyhouse 03/12/22 Mt Leinster HcpCh 2m 165yds 3 11-9 146 EasyFix Equine H'cap S'chase (Grade B) Grade B
Thurles 01/12/22 Mac's Xpress MdnHdl 1m 7f 199yds 7 11-12 Killinan M'dn H'dle
Thurles 01/12/22 Champagne Auction (GB) HcpHdl 1m 7f 199yds 5 11-8 89 Horse & Jockey H'cap H'dle €300
Thurles 01/12/22 Ages Of Man MdnHdl 1m 7f 199yds 4 10-13 Thurles Racecourse M'dn H'dle €500
Punchestown 29/11/22 Sonny May MdnHdl 2m 57yds 5 11-12 William Hill Play Responsibly M'dn H'dle (Div 1) €375
Punchestown 29/11/22 Sandor Clegane MdnHdl 2m 5f 150yds 1 11-10 Connolly's RED MILLS EBF Auct. M'dn H'dl €12,000
Punchestown 29/11/22 Any Day Now HcpCh 3m 1f 150yds 10 11-2 83 William Hill Pick Your Places H'cap S'ch
Navan 27/11/22 Nimbus Boy MdnHdl 2m 4f 14 11-11 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn H'dle
Navan 27/11/22 Puntastic MdnHdl 2m 7 11-0 Bar One Racing 3-Y-O M'dn H'dle
Gowran Park 26/11/22 Backintheroom HcpHdl 2m 5 11-11 119 Glanbia Novice H'cap Hdle €450
Gowran Park 26/11/22 Whatdeawant BegCh 2m 4f 3 11-12 Noreside Catering Irish EBF Beg. S'chase €1,550
Thurles 24/11/22 Mahler Allstar BegCh 2m 6f 6 11-12 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Beginners S'ch €260
Thurles 24/11/22 Champagne Vacation HcpHdl 2m 33yds 6 11-13 101 Holycross H'cap H'dle €200

*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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