Paul Hennessy

County of origin: Kilkenny

Date of licence: 2011

First winner: Cheers Buddy (Joseph O'Brien) Dundalk, April 29, 2011

Significant horses: Heaven Help Us, Cheers Buddy, First Friday, Thywillbedone. 

Did you know:

From Gowran, County Kilkenny, Paul Hennessy is one of Ireland's leading greyhound trainers and became a Cheltenham Festival winning trainer in 2021 when the Richie Condon-ridden Heaven Help Us landed the Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle by all of nine lengths. Paul famously received a guard of honour from the small Irish contingent at the Covid-19 restricted Festival as he led the John Turner-owned mare into the winners' enclosure. 

At the time, Hennessy had 40 greyhounds in training but just three racehorses in training, including Heaven Help Us which was home-bred and was born and raised on the Hennessy farm. Renowned in greyhound circles, Hennessy has won English, Irish and Scottish greyhound derbies and has trained well in excess of 5,000 winners.

Paul's first winner as a racehorse trainer came with his first runner. He won the i105-107FM Handicap at Dundalk in April 2011 with Cheers Buddy which was ridden by Joseph O'Brien, a 3lbs claiming apprentice at the time. The same horse won again for Hennessy just two days later at his local course Gowran Park with Seamus Heffernan in the saddle. 

Before her Cheltenham Festival success, Heaven Help Us had won the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Paddy Mullins (Mares) Handicap Hurdle at Leopardstown's Dublin Racing Festival. 

SeasonRuns1st2nd3rd4thWin MoneyPlace MoneyTotal *
Winter All Weather 2017/201850100€0€2,000€2,000
Winter All Weather 2016/201710000€0€0€0
Winter All Weather 2015/201610000€0€0€0
Winter All Weather 2014/201540000€0€0€0
Winter All Weather 2013/2014101201€4,900€3,070€7,970
Winter All Weather 2012/2013101213€4,900€3,885€8,785
Winter All Weather 2011/201270121€0€2,478€2,478
National Hunt 2022/2023120400€0€19,215€19,215
National Hunt 2021/2022210200€0€18,850€18,850
National Hunt 2020/2021122102€66,600€8,985€75,585
National Hunt 2019/202050120€0€24,350€24,350
National Hunt 2018/2019141010€6,875€3,300€10,175
National Hunt 2017/201810000€0€0€0
National Hunt 2015/201691011€10,500€1,550€12,050
National Hunt 2014/201530001€0€500€500
National Hunt 2013/201420000€0€0€0
National Hunt 2011/201230000€0€0€0
Flat 202010000€0€0€0
Flat 201830000€0€0€0
Flat 201710000€0€0€0
Flat 201640000€0€0€0
Flat 201510000€0€0€0
Flat 201480000€0€0€0
Flat 201390001€0€350€350
Flat 2012152110€10,500€1,750€12,250
Flat 2011172031€11,200€2,550€13,750

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
Punchestown 19/11/22 Heaven Help Us D.E. Mullins Hdl 2m 2f 40yds 2 10-11 135 Frontline Security (Mares) H'dle (Listed) Listed €5,000
Limerick 23/10/22 Heaven Help Us D.E. Mullins Hdl 2m 6f 100yds 2 10-9 136 Irish EBF Cailin Alainn Mares Hdle (Listed) Listed €5,500
Thurles 20/10/22 Falcon Park D.E. Mullins HcpCh 2m 4f 151yds 8 10-10 84 www.thurlesraces.ie H'cap S'chase
Cork 16/10/22 Ocean Of Mercy D.E. Mullins MdnHdl 2m 4f 100yds 2 11-10 RED MILLS Irish EBF Auction M'dn H'dle €4,000
Downpatrick 07/10/22 Falcon Park N.T. Prendergast HcpCh 2m 7f 110yds 6 10-13 85 Downpatrick End Of Season H'cap S'chase €200
Clonmel 29/09/22 Falcon Park D.E. Mullins HcpHdl 3m 50yds 6 10-13 85 Clonmel H'cap H'dle €200
Ballinrobe 09/09/22 Falcon Park N.T. Prendergast HcpCh 2m 7f 5 10-13 85 John Rochford Memorial H'cap S'chase €315
Bellewstown 23/08/22 Ocean Of Mercy D.E. Mullins MdnHdl 2m 4f 2 11-12 RED MILLS Irish EBF Auction M'dn H'dle €4,000
Tramore 11/08/22 Falcon Park D.E. Mullins BegCh 2m 5f 120yds p.u. 11-12 Walter Halley Memorial Beginners S'chase
Kilbeggan 15/07/22 Falcon Park S.F. O'Keeffe HcpHdl 1m 7f 50yds 10 11-8 89 Mullingar H'cap H'dle
Roscommon 14/06/22 Falcon Park N.T. Prendergast HcpHdl 2m 20yds u.r. 11-4 89 Roscommon Racecourse Opp. H'cap H'dle (Div 2)
Clonmel 12/05/22 Falcon Park N.T. Prendergast HcpHdl 2m 3f 98yds 11 10-4 92 Botanica International H'cap H'dle
Punchestown 27/04/22 Ocean Of Mercy M.J.M. O'Sullivan NHF 2m 70yds 9 12-0 Race & Stay At Punchestown INH Flat Race (Grade 1) Grade 1
Fairyhouse 18/04/22 Heaven Help Us D.E. Mullins Hdl 2m 4f 5 10-10 139 Rathbarry & Glenview Studs H'dle (Grade 2) Grade 2 €1,800
Leopardstown 06/02/22 Heaven Help Us D.E. Mullins Hdl 2m 5 11-5 140 Chanelle Pharma Irish Champion H'dle (Grade 1) Grade 1 €6,000
Leopardstown 29/12/21 Heaven Help Us D.E. Mullins Hdl 2m 4f 2 11-1 143 Advent Surety Irish EBF (Mares) H'dle (Grade 3) Grade 3 €8,000
Clonmel 02/12/21 Falcon Park N.T. Prendergast HcpHdl 2m 3f 14yds 8 11-10 93 Adare Manor Opportunity H'cap H'dle
Fairyhouse 27/11/21 Arturus D.E. Mullins MdnHdl 2m 8 12-0 St. Peter’s Dunboyne GAA M'dn H'dle (Div 2)
Punchestown 14/11/21 Heaven Help Us D.E. Mullins Hdl 2m 2f 20yds 6 11-1 144 Frontline Security (Mares) H'dle (Listed) Listed €450
Cork 17/10/21 Falcon Park D.E. Mullins MdnHdl 2m 4f 100yds 12 11-10 RED MILLS Irish EBF Auction M'dn H'dle
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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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