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 2022/2023303023€19,200€6,650€25,850
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
Killarney 02/10/22 Touch Of Oscar K.M. Donoghue HcpCh 2m 7f 3 11-10 98 Tote.ie Never Beaten By SP H'cap S'chase €1,050
Killarney 02/10/22 Winning Rascal (GB) D.J. O'Keeffe HcpHdl 2m 6f 180yds 1 11-10 98 Play The Tote Exacta H'cap H'dle €6,300
Killarney 02/10/22 Sanibel Island D.J. O'Keeffe HcpCh 2m 7f 1 10-0 69 Tote.ie Never Beaten By SP H'cap S'chase €6,300
Gowran-Park 30/09/22 Dorans Weir E.P. O'Brien NHF 2m 4 11-11 ISF EBF Mucklemeg (Mares) INH Flat Race (Listed) Listed €1,500
Listowel 24/09/22 Touch Of Oscar E.P. O'Brien HcpCh 3m 6 10-11 100 John & Terry Moriarty (QR) H'cap S'chase €250
Listowel 24/09/22 Ferrybridge D.E. Mullins MdnHdl 2m 5 11-7 John Lynch Memorial M'dn H'dle €405
Listowel 23/09/22 Winning Rascal (GB) D.J. O'Keeffe HcpHdl 3m 1 11-8 89 Guinness H'cap H'dle (Div 2) €6,600
Sligo 14/09/22 Sanibel Island S.D. Torrens HcpCh 3m 1f 150yds 3 10-2 69 Riverstown H'cap S'chase €1,000
Ballinrobe 09/09/22 Sanibel Island T. Joseph Kelly HcpCh 2m 7f 8 9-11 69 John Rochford Memorial H'cap S'chase
Ballinrobe 09/09/22 Ferrybridge E.P. O'Brien NHF 2m 7 10-9 OCL Laundry INH Flat Race
Kilbeggan 02/09/22 Winning Rascal (GB) L.A. McKenna HcpHdl 3m 100yds 6 11-2 90 Celebrating Séan Daly H'cap H'dle €210
Bellewstown 23/08/22 Winning Rascal (GB) K.E Buckley MdnHdl 2m 4f u.r. 11-7 90 RED MILLS Irish EBF Auction M'dn H'dle
Downpatrick 07/08/22 Icee M B A P.T. Enright HcpHdl 2m 5f 165yds 6 10-4 92 Tote Always SP Or Better (M) H'cap Hdle €220
Limerick 21/07/22 Icee M B A B.W. Harvey HcpHdl 3m 8 11-3 93 John Thomas McNamara (Q.R.) H'cap H'dle
Limerick 20/07/22 Touch Of Oscar D.J. O'Keeffe HcpCh 2m 6f p.u. 12-0 102 Templeglantine H'cap S'chase
Limerick 20/07/22 Icee M B A HcpCh 2m 6f 4 10-10 107 Newcastlewest H'cap S'chase €750
Ballinrobe 19/07/22 Winning Rascal (GB) D.J. O'Keeffe HcpHdl 2m 5f 122yds 10 11-11 92 Sweeney Oil H'cap H'dle (Div 1)
Cork 08/07/22 Icee M B A D.J. O'Keeffe HcpHdl 2m 4f 4 10-11 92 Follow Us On Instagram (M) H'cap H'dle €575
Clonmel 10/06/22 Icee M B A E.P. O'Brien HcpHdl 3m 8 10-13 95 Bulmers Original (QR) H'cap H'dle
Punchestown 28/05/22 The Connector S.D. Torrens MdnHdl 2m 50yds 7 11-6 Get Your Ladbrokes Daily Odds M'dn H'dle (Div 1)
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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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