Michael Hourigan

County Of Origin: Limerick

Date of licence: 1973

First winner: Ramrajya - Limerick, March 17, 1979

Significant horses (selected): Beef Or Salmon, Dorans Pride, Tropical Lake, Hi Cloy, Mr Cracker, Church Island, A New Story, Deep Bramble, Amberleigh House, Ballygowan Beauty, Anusha, Dancing Tornado, Inis Cara, Native Performance, Rockholm Boy, Mossbank, King Carew, The Gatechecker, Give Me A Break, The Job Is Right, Hash Brown, The Crafty Butcher, Turf War, Tell The Nipper, Court Melody, For William.

Did you know:  

From Patrickswell, County Limerick, Michael Hourigan started out in racing in 1962 as an apprentice jockey on the Curragh for Dermot Weld's father Charlie. He rode as an apprentice and then as a National Hunt jockey, riding 14 winners, before taking out his trainer's licence in 1973.

It took Michael six years to saddle his first winner and it came at his local racecourse, Limerick (Greenpark) on St Patrick's Day, 1979 where Ramrajah finally got him off the mark. His tally was up five before the year was out and seven more winners arrived before the end of 1980. A moderate beginning to a training career that would yet boast Cheltenham Festival and multiple Grade 1 success. 

Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup (Grade 1) (Beef Or Salmon - Andrew J. McNamara - 2007)

Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup (Grade 1) (Beef Or Salmon - P. Carberry - 2006)

Punchestown Heineken Gold Cup (Grade 1) (Beef Or Salmon - T.J. Murphy - 2004)

Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup (Grade 1) (Beef Or Salmon - T.J. Murphy - 2003)

Lexus S'chase (Grade 1) (Beef Or Salmon - P. Carberry - 2005)

Lexus S'chase (Grade 1) (Beef Or Salmon - P. Carberry - 2004)

Ericsson S'chase (Grade 1) (Beef Or Salmon - T.J. Murphy - 2002)

Paddy Power H'cap S'chase (Grade B) (Inis Cara - R.P. McNally - 1999)

Guinness Kerry National H'cap S'chase (Grade A) (Native Performance - T.J. Murphy - 2003)

Hewlett Packard Galway Plate (Grade B) (Rockholm Boy - K. Hadnett - 2002)

JAMES NICHOLSON WINE MERCHANT Champ.S'ch (Grade 1) (Beef Or Salmon - Andrew J. McNamara - 2006)

J.NICHOLSON WINE MERCHANT Champ. S'chase (Grade 1) (Beef Or Salmon - T.J. Murphy - 2004)

Ladbrokes.com National H'cap S'chase (Grade A) (Mossbank - Andrew J. McNamara - 2007)

Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup (Grade 1) (Dorans Pride - Richard Dunwoody - 1998)

Ericsson S'chase (Grade 2) (Dorans Pride - P. Carberry - 1998)

John Durkan Memorial Punchestown S'chase (Grade 1) (Hi Cloy - Andrew J. McNamara - 2005)

Powers Gold Cup (Grade 1) (Hi Cloy - T.J. Murphy - 2004)

John Durkan Memorial Punchestown S'chase (Grade 1) (Beef Or Salmon - T.J. Murphy - 2003)

Dunnes Stores Better Value EBF Sept.Hcap (King Carew - W.J. Lee - 2003)

Paddy Power Dial-a-Bet S'chase (Grade 1) (Hi Cloy - Andrew J. McNamara - 2005)

SeasonRuns1st2nd3rd4thWin MoneyPlace MoneyTotal *
Winter All Weather 2017/201810000€0€0€0
Winter All Weather 2013/201410000€0€0€0
Winter All Weather 2012/201320000€0€0€0
Winter All Weather 2011/201230000€0€0€0
National Hunt 2021/2022244441€28,500€18,275€46,775
National Hunt 2020/2021632286€19,800€23,805€43,605
National Hunt 2019/2020575266€62,500€31,200€93,700
National Hunt 2018/2019636246€51,563€23,800€75,363
National Hunt 2017/2018632723€14,375€47,375€61,750
National Hunt 2016/20171078898€80,625€56,525€137,150
National Hunt 2015/20161077111114€70,050€55,634€125,684
National Hunt 2014/201514516122022€158,415€81,710€240,125
National Hunt 2013/201420521221823€207,480€104,115€311,595
National Hunt 2012/201324015213231€144,250€131,735€275,985
National Hunt 2011/201221719141619€188,330€77,076€265,406
National Hunt 2010/201124216202212€154,290€140,693€294,983
National Hunt 2009/201027420211928€194,625€143,970€338,595
National Hunt 2008/200928719132324€187,450€173,405€360,855
National Hunt 2007/200837523201828€366,870€207,525€574,395
National Hunt 2006/200742723364026€423,790€293,090€716,880
National Hunt 2005/200653940304136€816,520€400,905€1,217,425
National Hunt 2004/200559438465040€607,400€305,508€912,908
National Hunt 2003/200465158474742€978,570€280,780€1,259,350
National Hunt 2002/200346546343936€808,240€222,790€1,031,030
National Hunt 2001/200247842473425€471,581€208,381€679,962
National Hunt 2000/200138933302824€327,860€239,521€567,380
Flat 202190100€0€2,000€2,000
Flat 202040000€0€0€0
Flat 201920000€0€0€0
Flat 201710000€0€0€0
Flat 201660002€0€1,750€1,750
Flat 201570011€0€1,790€1,790
Flat 201460002€0€950€950
Flat 2013160121€0€3,265€3,265
Flat 2012142021€15,750€2,580€18,330
Flat 2011202012€17,990€3,000€20,990
Flat 2010232021€15,050€1,815€16,865
Flat 2009140000€0€0€0
Flat 2008190001€0€525€525
Flat 200790000€0€0€0
Flat 2006200231€0€8,830€8,830
Flat 2005191210€6,300€4,080€10,380
Flat 2004270103€0€5,865€5,865
Flat 2003528637€166,720€29,365€196,085
Flat 2002356423€79,200€31,405€110,605
Flat 2001314304€29,775€10,282€40,057
Flat 2000422321€29,585€7,434€37,019
Flat 1999252102€10,888€3,276€14,164
Flat 1998271334€4,444€5,603€10,047

Venue
Date From
Date To
Horse
Jockey
Race Type
Distance
Place
Weight
Rating
Pattern/Listed
Venue Date Horse Jockey Race Type Distance Place Weight Rating Race Pattern/ Listed Prize Money
Galway 24/10/21 Ballywilliam Boy D.J. O'Keeffe NovHdl 2m 4f 156yds 1 11-12 131 BetVictor Casino Novice H'dle €8,100
Leopardstown 23/10/21 Notforalongtime (GB) M.A. Enright Hcp 7f 11 9-7 78 Treo Eile, Retraining Racehorses H'cap
Limerick 10/10/21 Icee M B A M.M. McDonagh HcpHdl 3m 10 9-6 98 David Fitzgerald Memorial H'cap H'dle
Limerick 10/10/21 Ballywilliam Boy B. Hayes NovHdl 2m 5f 5 11-4 131 Bluegrass Horse Feed Novice H'dle (Listed) Listed €675
Limerick 09/10/21 Chagall M.A. Enright Hcp 7f 10 8-12 47 Treo Eile, Retraining Racehorses H'cap
Bellewstown 29/09/21 Chagall M.A. Enright Hcp 7f 176yds 2 8-11 45 Seamus Murphy Memorial H'cap (Div 1) €2,000
Listowel 25/09/21 Ballywilliam Boy M.M. McDonagh NovHdl 2m 4f 2 11-0 127 Allman Contracts Novice H'dle €3,400
Listowel 25/09/21 Icee M B A B. Hayes HcpHdl 2m 4f 13 11-10 98 Kathleen Walsh Memorial H'cap H'dle (Div 1)
Listowel 25/09/21 Humm Baby M.M. McDonagh HcpHdl 2m 4f 9 10-2 120 M.J. Carroll ARRO H'cap H'dle
Listowel 23/09/21 Notforalongtime (GB) M.A. Enright Hcp 7f 13 10-1 79 Kevin McManus Bookmaker H'cap
Navan 18/09/21 Elusive Star M.M. McDonagh HcpHdl 2m 5f 170yds fell 11-7 102 Bar One Racing €30 New Account Hcap Hdle (Div 2)
Kilbeggan 03/09/21 Finding Joy D.J. O'Keeffe HcpHdl 3m 180yds 2 11-12 93 Belvedere House, Gardens & Park Hcap Hdl (Div 1) €2,000
Down-Royal 27/08/21 Finding Joy D.J. O'Keeffe HcpHdl 3m 11 11-6 94 Pat O’Hare Bookmaker H'cap H'dle
Sligo 17/08/21 Icee M B A M.M. McDonagh HcpHdl 3m 1f 119yds 4 10-11 98 Adare Manor Opportunity H'cap H'dle €650
Ballinrobe 09/08/21 Icee M B A B. Hayes HcpHdl 2m 6f 121yds 1 11-3 91 C.J. Sheeran Ltd H'cap H'dle (Div 2) €6,000
Downpatrick 08/08/21 Finding Joy T. Joseph Kelly HcpHdl 2m 5f 165yds 3 9-11 94 Frank & Brian Fitzsimmons (M) H'cap Hdle €1,100
Downpatrick 08/08/21 Humm Baby M.M. McDonagh Hdl 2m 2f 165yds 3 10-5 121 Randox Health Rated H'dle €1,600
Roscommon 03/08/21 Icee M B A B. Hayes BegCh 2m 5f 75yds 1 11-9 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Beg S'ch €8,400
Kilbeggan 16/07/21 Icee M B A M.M. McDonagh HcpHdl 3m 180yds u.r. 10-9 90 Follow Kilbeggan On Twitter H'cap H'dle
Killarney 15/07/21 Finding Joy T. Joseph Kelly HcpHdl 2m 4f 2 11-6 93 Dawn Hi + Lo H'cap H'dle (Div 1) €2,000
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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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