John Oxx

County Of Origin: Kildare

Date of licence: 1979

First winner: Orchestra (Raymond Carrroll) Rank Cup, Phoenix Park, March 31, 1979

Final winner: Storm Legend (Chris Hayes) Naas, November 1, 2020

First Group winner: Orchestra (Raymond Carroll) Group 3 Whitehall Stakes, Phoenix Park, September 8, 1979

First Group 1 winner: Eurobird (Cash Asmussen) Irish St Leger, Curragh. October 11, 1987

Champion Trainer: 1995

Significant horses (selected): Sea The Stars, Eurobird, Kastoria, Azamour, Alamshar, Sinndar, Enzeli, Edabiya, Winona, Namid, Ebadiyla, Key Change, Timarida, Ridgewood Pearl, Heart Lake, Manntari, George Augustus, Petite Ile, Orchestra, Saddler's Rock, Alandi, Manieree, Mouramara, Takali.

Did you know: 

John Oxx began training in 1979 and secured his first success with the five-year-old Orchestra which won the Rank Cup at the Phoenix Park on March 31, 1979. Oxx is one of Ireland’s most respected and successful trainers, gaining a reputation for his unrivalled patience with his horses as well as being renowned for his gentlemanly demeanour. He gained his first Group 1 and his first Classic success when Eurobird won the Irish St Leger at the Curragh in 1987. 

Oxx was Ireland’s champion trainer in 1995, the year that European Champion three-year-old filly Ridgewood Pearl reigned supreme in the colours of her locally-based breeders, Sean and Ann Coughlan. Ridgewood Pearl won the Irish 1,000 Guineas, Coronation Stakes, Prix Du Moulin and Breeders' Cup Mile during that terrific season that saw her win at the highest level in four different countries. His father, also John, was champion trainer in 1958.

Five years later, he trained the brilliant Sinndar to become the first horse to win the Epsom Derby, the Irish Derby and the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in the same year. The likes of Manntari, Timarida, Ebadiyla, Alamshar, Azamour, Kastoria and Alandi were winners at Group 1 level for Oxx who famously enjoyed the best of times with the legendary Sea The Stars. 

In 2009, Sea The Stars gave his trainer his first win in the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket and was to record six consecutive Group 1 triumphs that year. Success followed in the Epsom Derby, the Eclipse Stakes at Sandown, the Juddmonte International Stakes at York, the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown and the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp. Sea The Stars is the only horse to complete the 2,000 Guineas, Epsom Derby and Prix de l’Arc treble. 

On Monday, October 12, 2020, Oxx announced that he would be retiring from the training ranks at the end of the 2020 Irish Flat season, bringing to an end a 41-year career that saw him send out 33 Group 1 winners. He said, "The time is right and we're happy to stop at the end of the season. You obviously don't make these sort of decisions on the spur of the moment so it's been on our minds for a few years. I have no regrets, we had some wonderful times. We were very, very lucky to have some very good owners and some very good horses over the years." 

John Oxx sent out his final winner, the Chris Hayes-ridden Storm Legend, at Naas on Sunday, November 1, 2020 and had his final runners at the Curragh the following afternoon. He wrapped up his training career by telling the racing press, "I'll still be going racing a bit. I would miss the people and seeing old friends, which is what it's really all about. I would miss that if I just became a recluse at home and just watched it on television. You need to meet people. 

“I would like to thank all of the people who have sent messages. We have been a bit overwhelmed by the whole thing and we will try and get around to writing to people as best we can. I just want to thank all of the many supporters we have had. It has been our pleasure.

“I'll be doing a few bits for people. I won't be too busy but I'll hopefully be busy enough. On a fine day you wouldn't have any excuse not to come up here to the Curragh, so that's what I'll be. A fair-weather racegoer!” 

SeasonRuns1st2nd3rd4thWin MoneyPlace MoneyTotal *
Winter All Weather 2019/2020170111€0€5,220€5,220
Winter All Weather 2018/2019100331€0€13,938€13,938
Winter All Weather 2017/201830010€0€1,600€1,600
Winter All Weather 2016/201762011€15,625€1,900€17,525
Winter All Weather 2015/201681102€8,050€5,070€13,120
Winter All Weather 2014/201581120€8,750€3,500€12,250
Winter All Weather 2013/201452011€14,350€1,040€15,390
Winter All Weather 2012/2013191222€8,750€5,190€13,940
Winter All Weather 2011/201271100€9,100€2,210€11,310
National Hunt 2020/202120000€0€270€270
National Hunt 2006/200730002€0€1,300€1,300
Flat 2020976272€46,200€23,595€69,795
Flat 201916510101318€80,950€124,955€205,905
Flat 201811695139€82,188€56,425€138,613
Flat 20171071361512€201,813€82,113€283,925
Flat 201611611191114€178,750€147,550€326,300
Flat 201516021222117€188,300€142,085€330,385
Flat 201419427233325€298,900€243,530€542,430
Flat 201315118182015€206,710€155,423€362,133
Flat 201219334342818€590,695€616,278€1,206,973
Flat 201129855364022€788,030€318,615€1,106,645
Flat 201026043373333€566,740€270,522€837,262
Flat 200929251362948€1,495,770€655,876€2,151,646
Flat 200836362504834€1,126,740€513,735€1,640,475
Flat 200729054432530€942,500€369,275€1,311,775
Flat 200630657444529€1,126,380€402,020€1,528,400
Flat 200530262353928€1,239,460€532,750€1,772,210
Flat 200438351484439€1,400,380€521,220€1,921,600
Flat 200340479644551€2,213,575€667,235€2,880,810
Flat 200245179506054€1,253,260€591,078€1,844,338
Flat 200134853404038€947,975€426,677€1,374,652
Flat 200028861454220€1,336,858€300,960€1,637,819
Flat 199930241543931€462,769€270,224€732,993
Flat 199837268694446€771,246€319,921€1,091,167

Date From
Date To
Race Type
Venue Date Horse Jockey Race Type Distance Place Weight Rating Race Pattern/ Listed Prize Money
Curragh 02/11/20 Safecracker (GB) C.D. Hayes Mdn 7f 14 9-5 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (C&G) M'dn
Curragh 02/11/20 Earlswood (GB) N.G. McCullagh Mdn 7f 3 9-5 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (C&G) M'dn €1,650
Curragh 02/11/20 Curraghglass (GB) R. Coakley Mdn 7f 8 9-5 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (C&G) M'dn
Naas 01/11/20 Storm Legend C.D. Hayes Mdn 6f 1 9-7 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn €9,300
Dundalk 28/10/20 Regal Eagle R. Coakley Hcp 7f 1 9-0 48 HOLLYWOODBETS H'cap (Div 1) €5,400
Dundalk 23/10/20 Cosmology R. Coakley Mdn 1m 2f 150yds 9 9-11 Follow On Instagram @dundalk_stadium Mdn (Div 2)
Dundalk 23/10/20 Sebs Star (GB) J.A. Powell Hcp 6f 10 8-6 52 H'cap
Gowran-Park 19/10/20 Impossible N.G. McCullagh Mdn 1m 4f 7 9-2 Bet 10 Get 20 With MansionBet (F) M'dn
Leopardstown 17/10/20 Cornish Rock N.G. McCullagh Hcp 1m 10 8-6 57 Leopardstown Nursery H'cap
Leopardstown 16/10/20 Earlswood (GB) N.G. McCullagh Mdn 1m 7 9-5 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (C&G) M'dn
Dundalk 16/10/20 Regal Eagle R. Coakley Hcp 7f 5 9-0 48 HOLLYWOODBETS H'cap (Div 2) €270
Curragh 15/10/20 Secret Sea C.T. Keane Hcp 7f 11 10-0 63 Equilux Works Or Your Money Back H'cap (Div 1)
Curragh 15/10/20 Masterdream (FR) C.D. Hayes Mdn 1m 4f 5 9-7 73 Equilux Costs Less Than 2 A Week M'dn €360
Cork 13/10/20 Impossible N.G. McCullagh Mdn 1m 2f 8 9-2 Fermoy (Fillies) Maiden
Dundalk 09/10/20 Cloudland (GB) N.G. McCullagh Mdn 7f 7 8-11 Irish EBF Median Sires Series (F) M'dn
Thurles 08/10/20 Regal Eagle N.G. McCullagh Hcp 1m 11yds 11 8-12 50 Moyne H'cap
Navan 07/10/20 Secret Sea C.T. Keane Hcp 1m 2f 4 9-10 63 The Yellow Furze H'cap (Div 1) €450
Killarney 04/10/20 Watchmen (FR) R. Coakley Mdn 1m 3f 50yds 7 9-7 77 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Med Auc Mdn
Killarney 04/10/20 Cinnte Winnte N.G. McCullagh Mdn 1m 45yds 2 9-2 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) M'dn €2,800
Killarney 04/10/20 Mona's Star C.D. Hayes Hcp 1m 6f 9 8-13 81 Muckross H'cap

*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).