Christy Roche

County of origin: Tipperary

Assoc. Trainers (as a jockey): PJ Prendergast, Vincent O'Brien, David O'Brien, Jim Bolger, Aidan O'Brien

Significant horses (as a jockey)(selected): Secreto, Assert, St Jovite, Jet Ski Lady, King Of Kings, Desert King, Ballymore, Nikoli, Tryptych, Sarah Siddons, More So, Ridgewood Pearl, Mistigri. 

Significant horses (as a trainer)(selected): Grimes, Joe Mac, Youlneverwalkalone, Bannow Bay, Le Coudray, Like-A-Butterfly, Khayrawani, Calladine, Risk Accessor, Wouldn’t You Agree, Groody Hill, Streets Of Gold, Sword Fish, Far From Trouble, Lethal Weapon, Desert Fantasy, Adarma, Park Ranger, Falcon Crest.

Final winner (as a jockey): Second Empire (Aidan O'Brien) Curragh, August 15th, 1998

First winner (as a trainer): Ask The Butler (Conor O'Dwyer) Fairyhouse December 1st, 1996

Final winner (as a trainer): Out Of The Loop (Mark Walsh) Fairyhouse December 2nd, 2017

Did you know:  

A seven-time champion, a four-time champion apprentice and one of Ireland’s greatest Flat jockeys, Christy Roche enjoyed a near 30-year career in the saddle winning races like the Budweiser Irish Derby on three occasions (Assert 1982 (David O'Brien), St Jovite 1992 (Jim Bolger), Desert King 1997 (Aidan O'Brien) while he also partnered the David O’Brien-trained Secreto to a memorable short head success over El Gran Senor in the 1984 Epsom Derby. He won a second English Classic when 50/1 outsider Jet Ski Lady, trained by Jim Bolger, landed the Epsom Oaks in 1991. He won the Irish 2,000 Guineas on four occasions and was a three-time winner of the Irish 1,000 Guineas. Irish St Leger success came his way on two occasions. He also partnered the David O'Brien-trained Assert to win the French Derby in 1982. Roche retired from the saddle in August 1998 having taken out a licence to train a couple of years earlier and his first winner as a licensed trainer came with Ask The Butler at Fairyhouse in December, 1996.

He enjoyed considerable success as a trainer, primarily for his main patron, JP McManus. In the early days of his training career, Roche did particularly well with Grimes, a horse that won nine races for the stable including the Galway Plate in 2001. Roche enjoyed his first success at the Cheltenham Festival when saddling Khayrawani to land the 1999 Coral Cup in the hands of Fran Berry.  

Youlneverwalkalone went on to be a great servant to the stable in landing 10 races in total including the Grade 1 Hatton’s Grace Hurdle in 2000 where he defeated Moscow Flyer. The same horse gained a Cheltenham Festival victory when taking the 2003 William Hill Handicap Chase under Barry Geraghty having taken the Leopardstown Chase two months earlier.

Like-A-Butterfly was arguably the best horse he trained. Successful in the 2002 Supreme Novices Hurdle at Cheltenham, the following year she defeated the brilliant Limestone Lad in a wonderfully exciting race for the AIG Europe Champion Hurdle and would later win at the highest level over fences in the Powers Gold Cup at Fairyhouse. Bannow Bay was a nine-time winner for the stable as was Calledine while Risk Accessor won eight races. Wouldn’t You Agree was a six-time winner for Roche while Le Coudray was successful on five occasions, including two Grade 1 races. Roche won a Troytown Chase with Groody Hill in 2011 and the Cork Grand National with Streets Of Gold in 2010 and with Sword Fish three years later. Roche's most valuable success as a trainer came in 2006 when he won the William Hill Galway Plate with the Roger Loughran-ridden Far From Trouble. He won the same race with Grimes in 2001. 

Christy Roche retired from the training ranks in early 2018 with his son Padraig taking over the licence at Curraghview Stables. 

William Hill Galway Plate (Grade A) (Far From Trouble - - 2006)

AIG Europe Champion H'dle (Grade 1) (Like-A-Butterfly - Charles Francis Swan - 2003)

Shell Champion H'dle (Grade 1) (Grimes (GB) - Charles Francis Swan - 2000)

Compaq Galway Plate (S'chase H'cap) (Grade B) (Grimes (GB) - C. O'Dwyer - 2001)

Durkan New Homes Juvenile H'dle (Grade 1) (Lethal Weapon - A.P. Crowe - 2008)

Pierse Leopardstown H'cap S'chase (Grade B) (Youlneverwalkalone - B.J. Geraghty - 2003)

Denny Gold Medal Novice S'chase (Grade 1) (Le Coudray (FR) - B.J. Geraghty - 2002)

Powers Gold Cup (Grade 1) (Like-A-Butterfly - A.P. McCoy - 2005) Troytown H'cap S'chase (Grade B) (Groody Hill - A.P. Crowe - 2011)

Galway Radisson SAS Hotel H'cap (Desert Fantasy - T.P. Queally - 2003)

Ballymore Properties Champ.Stayers H'dle (Grade 1) (Bannow Bay - Charles Francis Swan - 2001)

Pierse Group Drinmore Novice S'chase (Le Coudray (FR) - B.J. Geraghty - 2002)

Boyle Bookmakers Royal Bond Novice H'dle (Grade 1) (Like-A-Butterfly - Charles Francis Swan - 2001)

Tote Exacta Leopardstown November (Calladine - Timothy Mark Houlihan - 2001)

BETDAQ H'dle (Risk Accessor - A.P. Crowe - 2003)

Deloitte and Touche Novice H'dle (Grade 2) (Like-A-Butterfly - Charles Francis Swan - 2002)

Ballymore Properties Hatton's Grace Hdle (Grade 1) (Youlneverwalkalone - C. O'Dwyer - 2000) Cork Grand Nat.H'cap S'ch (Grade B) (Streets Of Gold - A.P. Crowe - 2010)

Ballygallon Stud Belgrave Stakes (Listed) (Desert Fantasy - T.P. Queally - 2003)

BETDAQ H'dle (Grimes (GB) - Charles Francis Swan - 2001)

SeasonRuns1st2nd3rd4thWin MoneyPlace MoneyTotal *
Winter All Weather 2017/201810000€0€300€300
Winter All Weather 2016/201710000€0€0€0
National Hunt 2017/2018655288€39,688€23,525€63,213
National Hunt 2016/2017583546€18,125€19,725€37,850
National Hunt 2015/20167774612€71,700€33,323€105,023
National Hunt 2014/201510512876€110,050€55,745€165,795
National Hunt 2013/201416316141418€145,825€50,193€196,018
National Hunt 2012/20131498111218€57,400€43,210€100,610
National Hunt 2011/201218325212015€250,610€97,682€348,292
National Hunt 2010/2011148141498€161,440€47,978€209,418
National Hunt 2009/201015610181012€86,800€67,475€154,275
National Hunt 2008/200912013997€184,060€45,245€229,305
National Hunt 2007/20081392216155€226,490€120,128€346,618
National Hunt 2006/200718720182318€265,150€75,995€341,145
National Hunt 2005/200621023211720€216,140€149,770€365,910
National Hunt 2004/200517128251312€351,030€191,050€542,080
National Hunt 2003/200423937273622€401,140€243,830€644,970
National Hunt 2002/200328143223615€664,270€139,490€803,760
National Hunt 2001/200226137263223€616,599€246,352€862,951
National Hunt 2000/200118937232611€524,917€174,792€699,709
Flat 2017222022€18,750€4,700€23,450
Flat 2016172002€14,063€1,500€15,563
Flat 2015203233€18,900€7,765€26,665
Flat 2014171322€6,300€6,980€13,280
Flat 2013251223€7,700€7,375€15,075
Flat 2012212225€14,000€8,470€22,470
Flat 2011263104€37,075€4,050€41,125
Flat 2010272101€14,875€2,160€17,035
Flat 2009271131€7,700€4,335€12,035
Flat 200810000€0€0€0
Flat 200791110€18,150€3,950€22,100
Flat 2006110000€0€0€0
Flat 200571100€11,200€2,635€13,835
Flat 2004122110€14,000€19,000€33,000
Flat 200363010€101,700€1,040€102,740
Flat 2002140001€0€450€450
Flat 2001226320€111,064€21,878€132,942
Flat 2000131110€12,570€2,851€15,421
Flat 1999354137€24,220€8,290€32,510
Flat 1998351643€4,888€10,101€14,989

Date From
Date To
Race Type
Venue Date Horse Jockey Race Type Distance Place Weight Rating Race Pattern/ Listed Prize Money
Punchestown 31/12/17 Neddyvaughan R. Loughran HcpCh 2m 100yds 7 10-12 104 Goffs Punchestown Sale H'cap S'chase
Leopardstown 28/12/17 Waaheb (USA) K.J. Brouder HcpHdl 3m 17 9-6 120 Pertemps Network H'cap H'dle (Qualifier)
Dundalk 15/12/17 Way Back Home K.J. Manning Hcp 7f 5 9-1 73 Christmas Party Packages Nursery H'cap €300
Punchestown 10/12/17 Steer Clear M.P. Walsh MdnHdl 2m 4f 10 11-8 Corinthian Restaurant On Sale Now MdnHdl
Punchestown 10/12/17 All Is Well J.S. McGarvey MdnHdl 2m 4f 11 11-1 Corinthian Restaurant On Sale Now MdnHdl
Navan 09/12/17 Alice Johnston J.S. McGarvey MdnHdl 2m 21 11-0 Kells M'dn H'dle
Navan 09/12/17 She's Made It L.P. Dempsey MdnHdl 2m 19 11-0 Kells M'dn H'dle
Clonmel 07/12/17 Bay Hill L.P. Dempsey HcpHdl 2m 61yds 11 11-11 101 Powerstown H'cap H'dle
Clonmel 07/12/17 Demi Plie K.J. Brouder HcpHdl 2m 3f 58yds p.u. 11-2 91 Adare Manor Opportunity H'cap H'dle
Clonmel 07/12/17 Neddyvaughan J.S. McGarvey HcpHdl 2m 61yds 3 11-7 97 Powerstown H'cap H'dle €1,100
Fairyhouse 02/12/17 Out Of The Loop (GB) M.P. Walsh HcpHdl 2m 4f 1 11-1 118 Kettles Supp Fingal Ravens GAA Hcap Hdle €11,250
Punchestown 29/11/17 Open To The World K.J. Brouder HcpHdl 2m 6f 7 11-2 106 Sign Up To BETDAQ Today (M) H'cap H'dle
Thurles 23/11/17 Demi Plie J.S. McGarvey HcpHdl 2m 11 11-6 92 Killinan H'cap H'dle
Thurles 23/11/17 Neddyvaughan J.S. McGarvey HcpHdl 2m 4f 22yds 5 10-11 99 H'cap H'dle €300
Clonmel 16/11/17 Waaheb (USA) B. Browne HcpHdl 3m 9 10-10 123 Clonmel Oil Service Station H'cap H'dle
Clonmel 16/11/17 Finding Touch C.D. Meehan HcpHdl 2m 3f 121yds 3 11-1 101 Clonmel Oil Race Day H'cap H'dle €1,200
Fairyhouse 15/11/17 Thecraicisninety (GB) L.P. Dempsey MdnHdl 2m 8 11-4 Christmas Parties At Fairyhouse Mdn Hdle
Thurles 09/11/17 She's Made It L.P. Dempsey MdnHdl 2m 23yds 8 10-13 Templemore (Mares) M'dn H'dle
Thurles 09/11/17 Neddyvaughan B.J. Foley HcpHdl 2m 23yds 7 10-13 100 Two-Mile Borris H'cap H'dle
Thurles 09/11/17 Open To The World B.J. Foley HcpHdl 2m 4f 9 10-8 107 Ballagh (Mares) H'cap H'dle

*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).