John Kiely

County Of Origin: Waterford

Date of birth: May 5, 1937

Date of licence: 1974

First winner: Ballymac Boy (David Kiely), Ladies Cup Chase, Punchestown, April 27th, 1976

Significant horses (selected): Carlingford Lough, Black Queen, Liss A Paoraigh, Indian Pace, Sweeps Hill, Toe The Line, Ancient Sands, Clara Allen, Reine Des Reines, King Rama, King Of The Gales, On The Way Out, Blazing Liss, Oneeightofamile, Head Of The Posse, Kilbride King, Line Out. 

Did you know:

From Dungarvan, County Waterford, John Kiely has long been recognised as one of the shrewdest trainers in Ireland, having mastered his trade over a period of over 40 years. Not the type to seek the limelight, Kiely is one of the most respected members of the training ranks

John took over his father Matt's training licence in 1974 and his first winner came at the Punchestown Festival in 1976 where his brother David rode Ballymac Boy to land the Ladies Cup. John rode as an amateur rider until the age of 59. 

His training career produced many memorable moments, notably when winning the Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown with Carlingford Lough in 2015 (Tony McCoy) and again in 2016 (Mark Walsh). In all, Carlingford Lough was a five-time Grade 1-winner and his road to stardom began when landing the Galway Plate in 2013. Liss A Paoraigh was a dual Grade 1 winner over hurdles. 

Kiely won the Galway Hurdle with Black Queen (Shay Barry) in 1998 and with the Paul Townend-ridden Indian Pace ten years later. On the Flat, Irish Cesarewitch winner Clara Allen, dual Listed winner Toe The Line and King Rama were among the best Kiely trained. 

Guinness Galway H'dle H'cap (Grade A) (Indian Pace - P. Townend - 2008) Galway Plate (Grade A) (Carlingford Lough - A.P. McCoy - 2013)

Bibby Financial Services P'town Gold Cup (Grade 1) (Carlingford Lough - B.J. Geraghty - 2016)

Irish Stallion Farms EBF 'Petingo' H'cap (Toe The Line - F.M. Berry - 2014)

Hennessy Gold Cup (Grade 1) (Carlingford Lough - A.P. McCoy - 2015)

Irish Gold Cup (Grade 1) (Carlingford Lough - M.P. Walsh - 2016)

Shabra Future Stars (C&G) INH Flat Race (Grade 2) (A Dream To Share - J.L. Gleeson - 2023)

Paddy Power Champion INH Flat Race (Grade 1) (Sweeps Hill (NZ) - J.P. Magnier - 2009)

Growise Champion Novice S'chase (Grade 1) (Carlingford Lough - A.P. McCoy - 2014)

Bewleys Hotels & EBF NH Fillies Bumper (Reine Des Reines - D. O'Connor - 2003)

Topaz Novice S'chase (Grade 1) (Carlingford Lough - A.P. McCoy - 2013)

Boylesports 115 Nationwide H'cap (King Rama (USA) - M.J. Kinane - 2007)

Evening Herald December Festival H'dle (Grade 1) (Liss A Paoraigh - B.J. Geraghty - 2002)

Paddy Power Irish Cesarewitch (Line Out - S. Foley - 2021)

Guinness Galway H'dle H'cap (Grade B) (Black Queen - J.R. Barry - 1998)

William Ewart Properties H'cap Hdl (Ri Na Deise - Kevin Thomas Coleman - 2007)

Boyle Bookmakers Royal Bond Novice H'dle (Grade 1) (Liss A Paoraigh - Charles Francis Swan - 2000)

Anjaal EBF Bluebell Stakes (Listed) (Toe The Line - C.T. Keane - 2016)

Hackett's Bookmakers Irish Cesarewitch (Clara Allen - T.P. O'Shea - 2005)

Bewleys Hotels EBF Mares H'dle (Listed) (Blazing Liss - D.N. Russell - 2005)

SeasonRuns1st2nd3rd4thWin MoneyPlace MoneyTotal *
Winter All Weather 2022/202310000€0€0€0
Winter All Weather 2020/202150001€0€550€550
Winter All Weather 2019/202010000€0€0€0
Winter All Weather 2018/201920010€0€2,500€2,500
Winter All Weather 2017/201811000€6,875€0€6,875
Winter All Weather 2016/201710100€0€4,800€4,800
Winter All Weather 2015/201622000€18,900€0€18,900
Winter All Weather 2012/201310000€0€0€0
National Hunt 2022/2023265103€86,400€7,950€94,350
National Hunt 2021/2022504895€27,000€44,550€71,550
National Hunt 2020/202167917104€68,100€78,185€146,285
National Hunt 2019/20203953104€64,838€50,305€115,143
National Hunt 2018/2019514555€50,000€36,775€86,775
National Hunt 2017/2018981013104€101,875€84,400€186,275
National Hunt 2016/201792116107€125,313€57,700€183,013
National Hunt 2015/2016769768€264,175€46,875€311,050
National Hunt 2014/2015698777€145,150€36,370€181,520
National Hunt 2013/20148710993€275,450€78,065€353,515
National Hunt 2012/20139166118€92,460€31,665€124,125
National Hunt 2011/201285211345€189,855€79,180€269,035
National Hunt 2010/201112020221810€187,075€112,010€299,085
National Hunt 2009/20108261597€61,750€62,715€124,465
National Hunt 2008/2009932310711€381,970€36,535€418,505
National Hunt 2007/20085710354€135,050€19,993€155,043
National Hunt 2006/200785109109€81,550€70,330€151,880
National Hunt 2005/20067114948€129,200€25,165€154,365
National Hunt 2004/20057113794€168,950€46,300€215,250
National Hunt 2003/20046212956€99,650€45,885€145,535
National Hunt 2002/2003706745€133,450€57,030€190,480
National Hunt 2001/200278145107€168,173€78,359€246,532
National Hunt 2000/20014810565€117,578€30,709€148,287
Flat 2022161211€13,500€8,565€22,065
Flat 2021213203€60,600€8,630€69,230
Flat 2020133121€19,800€5,750€25,550
Flat 2019217111€55,438€14,140€69,578
Flat 2018265111€65,625€14,075€79,700
Flat 2017131122€9,063€7,950€17,013
Flat 2016224433€59,500€41,050€100,550
Flat 2015302445€16,100€39,135€55,235
Flat 2014174420€133,920€25,350€159,270
Flat 2013171222€7,000€6,710€13,710
Flat 2012221333€5,600€11,540€17,140
Flat 201161121€9,450€5,380€14,830
Flat 2010212131€10,500€6,093€16,593
Flat 2009261042€5,950€4,225€10,175
Flat 2008373424€23,450€19,805€43,255
Flat 2007366525€90,800€29,465€120,265
Flat 2006296741€50,800€34,140€84,940
Flat 2005268230€109,290€11,225€120,515
Flat 2004171031€16,500€4,910€21,410
Flat 200371100€7,700€4,000€11,700
Flat 2002403447€30,100€21,495€51,595
Flat 2001225262€50,828€12,278€63,106
Flat 2000152302€10,666€4,616€15,281
Flat 1999111100€12,570€2,051€14,621
Flat 1998143412€11,555€6,774€18,329

Date From
Date To
Race Type
Venue Date Horse Jockey Race Type Distance Place Weight Rating Race Pattern/ Listed Prize Money
Navan 29/03/23 Hi Stranger E.J. McNamara Hcp 1m 5f 13 9-13 67 Enjoy Hospitality At Navan H'cap
Cork 23/03/23 Penny Glory M. O'Sullivan NHF 2m 1 11-6 Buy Tickets (Ladies Pr-Am) INH Flat Race €6,300
Thurles 13/03/23 Walk Out Derek McGrath MdnHdl 2m 4f 218yds u.r. 10-12 92 Holycross M'dn H'dle
Naas 12/03/23 The Tack Room (GB) S.D. Torrens HcpCh 3m 126yds 6 10-0 113 Bar One Racing Leinster National Hcp Sch (Grade A) Grade A €2,000
Clonmel 16/02/23 Walk Out Derek McGrath MdnHdl 2m 2f 193yds 7 10-6 Surehaul Race Day (Mares) M'dn H'dle
Leopardstown 04/02/23 A Dream To Share J.L. Gleeson NHF 2m 1 12-0 Shabra Future Stars (C&G) INH Flat Race (Grade 2) Grade 2 €60,000
Fairyhouse 25/01/23 The Tack Room (GB) S.D. Torrens HcpCh 2m 5f 1 11-5 106 Follow Fairyhouse On Social Hcap S'chase €6,600
Fairyhouse 25/01/23 Walk Out P.T. Enright MdnHdl 2m 13 10-11 Easter Festival Early Bird M'dn H'dle
Cork 07/01/23 Walk Out D.F. O'Regan MdnHdl 2m 16 11-5 Happy New Year From All At Cork Mdn Hdle
Leopardstown 29/12/22 Shuil Valentine D. Kiely NHF 2m 9 11-0 Plusvital INH Flat Race
Limerick 29/12/22 The Tack Room (GB) G. Brouder HcpCh 2m 6f 120yds 4 11-6 106 Limerick Racecourse Novice H'cap S'chase €575
Dundalk 21/12/22 Liberated Light J. Coen Hcp 1m 4f 9 9-0 68 William Hill Play Responsibly H'cap
Tramore 06/12/22 Walk Out M. O'Sullivan NHF 2m 50yds 6 11-2 Garrarus Beach (Ladies PA) INH Flat Race €200
Thurles 24/11/22 Glory Liss Rachael Blackmore MdnHdl 2m 7f 13yds p.u. 10-13 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (M) M'dn H'dle
Naas 12/11/22 The Tack Room (GB) K.C. Sexton BegCh 2m 4f 4 11-12 Mongey Communications Beg. S'chase €650
Wexford 30/10/22 The Tack Room (GB) S.D. Torrens BegCh 2m 4f 7 11-12 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Beg S'chase
Wexford 30/10/22 Glory Liss D. Kiely NHF 2m 4 11-4 Ir Stall Farms EBF (M)(P-A)INH Flat Race €550
Curragh 08/10/22 Blackpoint L. Costello Hcp 1m 4f 8 10-2 68 Tesoro Vita Ladies Trophy (Q.R.) H'cap
Listowel 22/09/22 Blackpoint C.T. Keane Hcp 1m 6f 55yds 5 10-0 68 Treo Eile Retraining Racehorses H'cap €330
Listowel 21/09/22 Stake Out D. Meyler NovHdl 2m 6 10-7 Seamus Mulvaney Bookmaker Novice H'dle €360

*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).