Johnny Murtagh

County Of Origin: Meath 

Date of license: 2013 

First winner: Benbecula (Ben Curtis), Tramore, June 1, 2013

First Group 1 winner (as a trainer): Champers Elysees (Colin Keane) (Matron Stakes) Leopardstown, September, 2020 

Significant Horses (Selected): Champers Elysees, True Valour, Mutual Regard, Purr Along, Belle De Crecy, Duchess Andorra, Urban Beat, Stroll Patrol, Royal Diamond, Dalkova, Rich Coast, Hawke. 

Assoc. Jockeys: Niall McCullagh, Shane Kelly, Danny Sheehy, Nikita Kane, Conor Hoban


Follow Johnny on Twitter: @JohnnyMurtagh

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Johnny Murtagh was widely considered to be one of the greatest big-race jockeys in the world for the better part of 20 years. He enjoyed considerable success in the saddle across the globe. Initially associated with John Oxx, who was to provide him with superstars such as Ridgewood Pearl, Sinndar and Alamshar to ride, Murtagh was crowned champion apprentice in 1989 and champion jockey on five occasions, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2009 and 2011. 

He left Oxx to ride as a freelance in 2003 and later teamed up with Aidan O'Brien. He rode an array of Group 1 winners for Ballydoyle in 2006 and was confirmed as retained jockey to the Coolmore partners the following year. Together they enjoyed huge success. However, they parted ways at the backend of 2010 and Murtagh was snapped up as retained rider to the Aga Khan in Ireland, effectively making him John Oxx’s stable jockey once again.

In 2012, as having become heavily involved with trainer Tommy Carmody who was operating out of Murtagh’s yard on the Curragh, a disagreement with the Aga Khan led to him losing his job. Murtagh took out his trainer’s license and enjoyed a remarkable season both as a trainer and rider in 2013, riding five Group 1 winners as well as being crowned leading jockey at Royal Ascot.

His first winner as a trainer came at Tramore on June 1st, 2013 when Benbacula scored under Ben Curtis. The same horse won again at Fairyhouse 11 days later and Murtagh was soon established in his new role. Royal Diamond, Belle De Crecy and Rich Coast were early big race winners. Murtagh landed a notable winner in Britain in August of 2014 when Mutual Regard won the Betfred Ebor at York. 

He enjoyed his first treble as a trainer at Leopardstown on Thursday, June 14, 2018 when Parkers Hill (Niall McCullagh), True Valour (Chris Hayes) and Circling Moon (Conor Hoban) all won. 

Johnny landed his first Group 1 success as a trainer when the Colin Keane-ridden Champers Elysees took the Matron Stakes on the opening day of Longines Irish Champions Weekend at Leopardstown in September, 2020. As a jockey, Johnny won the race on three occasions. 

SeasonRuns1st2nd3rd4thWin MoneyPlace MoneyTotal *
Winter All Weather 2019/2020338535€60,300€19,040€79,340
Winter All Weather 2018/2019111102€6,563€5,063€11,625
Winter All Weather 2017/201830000€0€375€375
Winter All Weather 2016/2017252044€14,375€9,000€23,375
Winter All Weather 2015/2016385435€42,700€19,540€62,240
Winter All Weather 2014/2015171314€10,500€7,530€18,030
Winter All Weather 2013/2014201442€5,600€10,560€16,160
National Hunt 2019/202061000€7,200€600€7,800
National Hunt 2018/201940001€0€600€600
Flat 202022638302420€663,600€273,243€936,843
Flat 201929022363530€240,113€256,558€496,670
Flat 201825433273130€369,125€220,815€589,940
Flat 201720823231319€235,938€215,815€451,753
Flat 201621028232023€313,625€175,738€489,363
Flat 20151641417715€192,700€66,000€258,700
Flat 201418115291426€189,620€167,493€357,113
Flat 201313115201213€270,310€145,745€416,055

Date From
Date To
Race Type
Venue Date Horse Jockey Race Type Distance Place Weight Rating Race Pattern/ Listed Prize Money
Fairyhouse 21/09/20 Revolutme Nikita Amelia Kane Hcp 6f 3 8-12 78 Tattersalls Yearling Sale Nursery H'cap €1,100
Fairyhouse 21/09/20 Kosman J.A. Powell Hcp 7f 14 9-4 71 Fairyhouse Apprentice H'cap
Gowran-Park 19/09/20 Lord Rapscallion W.J. Lee F 1m 2 9-13 102 Holden Plant Rentals Race €2,700
Gowran-Park 19/09/20 Elite Craft (USA) C.T. Keane Mdn 1m 1f 100yds 7 9-2 77 2021 Golf Membership From 600 (F) M'dn
Naas 17/09/20 Perfect Match S.B. Kelly Mdn 6f 13 8-13 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) M'dn
Naas 17/09/20 Buzz Of New York W.J. Lee Mdn 7f 5 9-2 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) M'dn €465
Naas 17/09/20 Urban Step W.J. Lee F 6f 5 9-12 82 Naas Racecourse Claiming Race €225
Naas 17/09/20 Shambara Nikita Amelia Kane Hcp 1m 12 9-1 71 Naas Nursery H'cap
Cork 16/09/20 Taggalo C.P. Hoban Hcp 6f 8 8-9 68 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) H'cap
Curragh 13/09/20 Sonnyboyliston W.J. Lee Hcp 1m 2f 1 9-2 99 Ir. Stal. Farms EBF 'Northfields' H'cap €75,000
Curragh 13/09/20 Koolasice G.P. Halpin Hcp 6f 18 9-0 93 Ir.Stal.Farms EBF 'Bold Lad' Sprint Hcap
Curragh 13/09/20 Wilderness (GB) D.E. Sheehy Hcp 1m 2f 15 8-1 83 Ir. Stal. Farms EBF 'Northfields' H'cap
Leopardstown 12/09/20 Springbank G.P. Halpin Hcp 1m 4f 180yds 4 9-0 94 Irish Stallion Farms EBF 'Petingo' H'cap €6,250
Leopardstown 12/09/20 Know It All (GB) Cieren Fallon F 1m 4 9-2 109 Coolmore America 'Justify' Matron Stakes (Group 1) Group 1 €12,500
Leopardstown 12/09/20 Lord Rapscallion Nikita Amelia Kane Hcp 7f 2 9-7 101 Ir.Stal.Farms EBF 'Sovereign Path' H'cap €25,000
Leopardstown 12/09/20 New Emerald Bay W.J. Lee F 7f 9 9-2 Ballylinch Stud Irish EBF Ingabelle Stks (Listed) Listed
Leopardstown 12/09/20 Mirann (FR) S. Foley Hcp 1m 4f 180yds 7 10-0 100 Irish Stallion Farms EBF 'Petingo' H'cap
Leopardstown 12/09/20 Red Kelly (FR) C.T. Keane F 1m 4f 6 9-3 100 Paddy Power 'Is It 2021 Yet?' Stakes (Group 3) Group 3 €2,000
Leopardstown 12/09/20 Champers Elysees C.T. Keane F 1m 1 9-2 110 Coolmore America 'Justify' Matron Stakes (Group 1) Group 1 €150,000
Leopardstown 12/09/20 Fourhometwo (GB) S.B. Kelly F 1m 8 9-5 KPMG Champions Juvenile Stks (Group 2) Group 2

*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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