Johnny Murtagh

County Of Origin: Meath 

Date of license: 2013 

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

Significant Horses: 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, Denis Linehan, David Mark Simmonson, Shane Kelly, Caroline Murtagh


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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. 

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 20201021914126€167,400€112,213€279,613
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
Killarney 13/07/20 Winiata S.B. Kelly Hcp 1m 3f 35yds 5 9-12 91 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) H'cap €588
Dundalk 12/07/20 Siamese (USA) B.M. Coen F 1m 2f 150yds 6 9-2 93 Woodford Reserve Ballysax Stakes (Group 3) Group 3 €1,000
Dundalk 12/07/20 Bestrella B.M. Coen Mdn 7f 1 8-13 75 Ir Stall Farms EBF Median Auction Mdn €9,000
Cork 12/07/20 Lord Rapscallion Nikita Amelia Kane Hcp 1m 5 9-0 95 Irish Stallion Farms EBF 'Habitat' H'cap €1,350
Leopardstown 11/07/20 Wilderness (GB) B.M. Coen Hcp 1m 4f 1 9-9 71 Leopardstown H'cap (Div 1) €6,000
Leopardstown 11/07/20 True Conviction C.P. Hoban Mdn 7f 30yds 9 9-7 Buy Irish Yearling Sales Irish EBF M'dn
Curragh 10/07/20 Carrytheone (GB) S.B. Kelly Mdn 1m 1 9-4 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (C&G) M'dn €9,000
Curragh 10/07/20 Urban Beat B.M. Coen F 5f 110yds 2 9-9 105 Sky Bet Midsummer Sprint Stakes (Listed) Listed €7,500
Curragh 10/07/20 Scherbatsky B.M. Coen Mdn 1m 12 8-13 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) M'dn
Curragh 10/07/20 Mirann (FR) B.M. Coen Hcp 1m 6f 2 9-2 98 Sky Bet Ebor Trial H'cap €8,000
Navan 09/07/20 Taggalo B.M. Coen Hcp 5f 164yds 5 9-10 73 Gormanlough Apprentice H'cap €330
Navan 09/07/20 Hiella S.B. Kelly Hcp 5f 10 9-12 64 Rathkenny H'cap
Gowran-Park 08/07/20 Skilled Warrior R.P. Cleary Mdn 7f 3 9-2 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (C&G) M'dn €1,550
Gowran-Park 08/07/20 Fourhometwo (GB) B.M. Coen Mdn 7f 2 8-13 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (C&G) M'dn €3,100
Roscommon 07/07/20 Call Me Rocky B.M. Coen Mdn 1m 2f 48yds 3 9-4 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (C&G) M'dn €1,350
Roscommon 07/07/20 Kosman S.B. Kelly Hcp 7f 69yds 2 9-10 69 H'cap €2,000
Cork 05/07/20 Pearl Warrior (GB) S.B. Kelly Hcp 1m 4f 6 8-13 88 Cork Derby €800
Cork 05/07/20 Winiata S.B. Kelly F 1m 4f 7 9-11 93 Munster Oaks Stakes (Group 3) Group 3
Cork 05/07/20 Elite Craft (USA) B.M. Coen Mdn 1m 7 8-13 80 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn
Cork 05/07/20 Pronouncement (USA) B.M. Coen F 6f 3 9-1 96 Irish Stall Farms EBF Sweet Mimosa Stks (Listed) Listed €4,750

*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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