County Of Origin: Meath
Date Of Licence: 1972
First Winner: Muraka, Thurles, February 1st, 1973
Significant Horses: Monksfield, Strandfield, Herbert United, Assigh Lady, Brevet, Royal South, Morga, Fiscal Focus
Did you know?
Des McDonogh will always be remembered as the trainer
of the great Monksfield who won the Champion Hurdle in 1978 and again in 1979. The late-1970’s and early-1980’s were
generally considered a golden era for two-mile hurdlers, with Sea Pigeon, Night
Nurse and Monksfield each winning two Champion Hurdles in that period.
Monksfield had a battling attitude to rival any horse and it served him
exceptionally well especially at Cheltenham where his form figures were 2-2-1-1-2.
McDonogh began training in 1972 and sent out his first winner early the following year when Muraka, ridden by Alan Ross, won a bumper at Thurles on Thursday, February 1st. He also enjoyed success with the likes of Strandfield who won the Supreme Novices' Hurdle in 1979 and a few years later with Herbert United, who finished runner-up to Kesslin in the Irish Champion Hurdle in 1986 but was awarded the race in the steward's room. Brevet, Assigh Lady and Royal South were smart types Des trained to notable success on the Flat. Des is father to former Flat champion jockey Declan McDonogh.
Ladbroke Rockingham H'cap (Assigh Lady - W.J. Lee - 2003)
Rybo H'cap H'dle (Grade A) (Hearts Are Trumps - J.S. McGarvey - 2021)
Knight Frank Juvenile H'dle (Grade 2) (Fiscal Focus - M.P. Fogarty - 2014)
Spar Ballymany At The Curragh H'cap (Assigh Lady - Catherine Gannon - 2004)
Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) H'cap (Morga - R.P. Whelan - 2016)
Kilsaran Lifestyle H'cap (La Sylvia - D.P. McDonogh - 2008)
Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) H'cap (Assigh Lady - D.P. McDonogh - 2003)
Irish Daily Mirror H'cap H'dle (Hearts Are Trumps - M.P. Walsh - 2018)
Drinkwater Construction (Mares) Nov Hdle (Morga - D.N. Russell - 2014)
John Mulhern H'cap H'dle (Morga - D.E. Mullins - 2015)
Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn (La Sylvia - F.M. Berry - 2008)
Helen Hannan Memorial H'cap (Assigh Lady - D.P. McDonogh - 2002)
Martinstown Opportunity H'cap H'dle (Star Power - B.R. Dalton - 2015)
McGrath Limestone Works Ltd. H'cap H'dle (Little Haarth - P. Townend - 2016)
Gerry Igoe Land Drainage H'cap H'dle (Cothrom Na Feinne - J.L. Cullen - 2010)
GalwayPubs.com H'cap H'dle (Hearts Are Trumps - M.P. Walsh - 2018)
Mooney's Of Monasterevin H'cap (Diamonds For Luck - D.P. McDonogh - 2005)
Racing Post Poker H'cap (Diamonds For Luck - D.P. McDonogh - 2005)
O'Callaghan Hotels Inter Varsity Cup Hcp (Royal South - D.P. McDonogh - 1999)
Arthur's Legacy H'cap (Articilitis - G.F. Carroll - 2009)
*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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