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 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 2019/202041000€7,200€600€7,800
National Hunt 2018/201940001€0€600€600
Flat 201929022353630€240,113€253,558€493,670
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
Dundalk 17/01/20 Shore Step S.B. Kelly Hcp 6f 13 9-4 75 Crowne Plaza Race & Stay H'cap
Dundalk 17/01/20 Parkers Hill B.M. Coen Hcp 1m 1 9-1 68 Crowne Plaza Race & Stay H'cap €7,200
Dundalk 10/01/20 Kosman Nikita Amelia Kane Hcp 7f 7 8-9 62 Crowne Plaza Race & Stay Apprentice Hcap
Cork 04/01/20 Baba Boom N.P. Madden MdnHdl 2m 8 11-10 Buy Tickets Online M'dn H'dle
Dundalk 03/01/20 Shore Step Nikita Amelia Kane Hcp 5f 11 8-7 75 Happy New Year From Dundalk Stadium Hcap
Dundalk 03/01/20 Parkers Hill D.E. Sheehy F 7f 12 8-8 69 Fundraise At Dundalk Stadium Rated Race
Leopardstown 26/12/19 Prosecution (GB) L.A. McKenna HcpHdl 2m 5 10-11 115 Holden Plant Rentals Novice H'cap H'dle €600
Dundalk 20/12/19 Parkers Hill S.B. Kelly Hcp 7f 3 9-10 69 BetVictor Bet 5 Get 30 Offer H'cap €1,150
Dundalk 20/12/19 Angels (GB) C.T. Keane Hcp 7f 4 10-3 73 BetVictor Bet 5 Get 30 Offer H'cap €575
Dundalk 18/12/19 Lord Rapscallion B.M. Coen F 1m 1 9-8 78 Crowne Plaza Apprentice Rated Race €7,200
Dundalk 13/12/19 Enchanted One D.E. Sheehy Hcp 7f 4 8-12 63 The Christmas Party Packages At Dundalk (Div 2) €550
Dundalk 13/12/19 Distant Vista C.T. Keane Hcp 7f 1 9-12 72 The Christmas Party Packages At Dundalk (Div 1) €6,600
Dundalk 06/12/19 Parkers Hill D.E. Sheehy Hcp 1m 2f 150yds 13 8-13 71 Crowne Plaza Jockey&Trainer Awards H'cap
Fairyhouse 30/11/19 Baba Boom N.P. Madden MdnHdl 2m 11 11-9 Kettles Country House Fingal M'dn H'dle
Limerick 29/11/19 Prosecution (GB) L.A. McKenna NovHdl 2m 1 11-1 107 Annual Membership Rated Novice H'dle €7,200
Dundalk 29/11/19 Enchanted One C.T. Keane Hcp 1m 1 8-12 58 Nursery H'cap €6,600
Dundalk 29/11/19 Shore Step S.B. Kelly Hcp 6f 3 8-13 73 Christmas Party Nights At Dundalk H'cap €1,200
Dundalk 29/11/19 Distant Vista S.B. Kelly Mdn 7f 5 9-2 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn €450
Dundalk 22/11/19 Call Me Rocky S.B. Kelly Mdn 1m 4 9-2 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn (Div 1) €750
Dundalk 22/11/19 Parkers Hill S.B. Kelly Hcp 1m 2f 150yds 8 9-5 71 Lengthen The Odds With BetVictor H'cap

*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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