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 2022/2023514146€25,200€12,475€37,675
National Hunt 2021/2022526655€53,100€41,465€94,565
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
Navan 21/01/23 Sanibel Island D.J. O'Keeffe HcpCh 3m 2 10-12 84 Gormanlough H'cap S'chase €2,100
Navan 21/01/23 Touch Of Oscar D.J. O'Keeffe HcpHdl 2m 4f 11 11-0 95 Ardmulchan H'cap H'dle
Limerick 27/12/22 The Connector L.P. Dempsey HcpHdl 2m 3 11-4 92 Roches Feeds H'cap H'dle €1,050
Thurles 18/12/22 Touch Of Oscar K.C. Sexton HcpCh 3m 59yds 13 11-2 93 Molony Cup H'cap S'chase
Clonmel 08/12/22 What Ever Oscar J.C. Gainford MdnHdl 2m 43yds 13 11-12 91 Kilsheelan M'dn H'dle
Tramore 06/12/22 Touch Of Oscar D.J. O'Keeffe HcpCh 2m 5f 100yds 4 11-12 93 Lady’s Cove H'cap S'chase €500
Punchestown 29/11/22 Touch Of Oscar D.J. O'Keeffe HcpHdl 2m 5f 150yds 16 11-11 99 William Hill Extra Places H'cap H'dle
Punchestown 29/11/22 Sanibel Island D.J. O'Keeffe HcpCh 3m 1f 150yds 3 11-3 84 William Hill Pick Your Places H'cap S'ch €1,050
Punchestown 29/11/22 The Connector S.D. Torrens HcpHdl 2m 57yds 4 10-4 92 William Hill Lengthen Your Odds Hcp Hdle €575
Thurles 24/11/22 Touch Of Oscar D.J. O'Keeffe HcpCh 2m 6f 7 10-7 95 Racing Again Next Thursday H'cap S'chase
Cork 20/11/22 All Walks Of Life C.G. O'Dwyer HcpHdl 2m 9 11-6 105 Adare Manor Opportunity H'cap H'dle
Cork 20/11/22 The Bog Garden MdnHdl 2m 14 11-0 Buy Tickets At corkracecourse.ie Mdn Hdl
Fairyhouse 08/11/22 The Connector M.P. Walsh HcpHdl 2m 4f 13 11-11 92 Irishinjuredjockeys.com H'cap H'dle (Div 1)
Galway 29/10/22 Downtheoldbogroad J.L. Gleeson NHF 2m 90yds 7 11-0 COLM QUINN BMW (Pro-Am) INH Flat Race
Galway 29/10/22 The Bog Garden K.M. Donoghue MdnHdl 2m 90yds 7 11-7 Connolly's RED MILLS EBF Auct. Mdn H'dle
Clonmel 27/10/22 Winning Rascal (GB) D.J. O'Keeffe HcpHdl 3m p.u. 10-9 106 www.grahamnorris.com Memorial H'cap Hdle
Clonmel 27/10/22 Elusive Star D.J. O'Keeffe HcpHdl 2m 3f 92yds 11 11-4 99 Suir Blueway H'cap H'dle
Clonmel 27/10/22 Touch Of Oscar S.D. Torrens HcpHdl 3m 10 10-5 102 www.grahamnorris.com Memorial H'cap Hdle
Limerick 23/10/22 Ferrybridge S.D. Torrens MdnHdl 2m 8 11-11 www.angloprinters.ie M'dn H'dle (Div 2)
Punchestown 12/10/22 Touch Of Oscar A.B. O'Connor HcpCh 2m 7f 200yds 4 11-1 95 New Punchestown.com (Q.R.) H'cap S'chase €550
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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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