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, Earlswood. 

Assoc. Jockeys: Ben Coen, Niall McCullagh, Shane Kelly, Nikita Kane


Follow Johnny on Twitter: @JohnnyMurtagh

Did you know?

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. 

Coolmore America 'Justify' Matron Stakes (Group 1) (Champers Elysees - C.T. Keane - 2020)

Ir. Stal. Farms EBF 'Northfields' H'cap (Sonnyboyliston - W.J. Lee - 2020)

Lanwades Stud Blandford Stakes (Group 2) (Belle De Crecy - J.P. Murtagh - 2013) Sprint H'cap (Stroll Patrol (GB) - Andrea Atzeni - 2015)

BoyleSports Ulster Derby (Red Kelly (FR) - S.B. Kelly - 2020)

D.Cordell Lavarack/Lanwades Stud(F)Stks (Group 3) (Duchess Andorra - C.T. Keane - 2016)

Lanwades Stud Stakes (Group 3) (Purr Along (GB) - J.P. Spencer - 2014)

Gain Irish St Leger Trial Stakes (Group 3) (Royal Diamond - J.P. Murtagh - 2013)

Arthur Guinness EBF Corrib (F) Stakes (Listed) (Dalkova (GB) - N.G. McCullagh - 2014)

Ballycorus Stakes (Group 3) (True Valour - C.D. Hayes - 2018)

Coolmore No Nay Never Fairy Bridge Stks (Group 3) (Champers Elysees - N.G. McCullagh - 2020)

Guinness H'cap (Rich Coast (GB) - J.P. Murtagh - 2013)

Heider Family Stables Gallinule Stakes (Group 3) (Earlswood (GB) - B.M. Coen - 2021)

Al Basti Pat Smullen Mercury Stakes (Group 3) (Urban Beat - B.M. Coen - 2020)

Derrinstown Stud (Fillies) Stakes (Group 3) (Know It All (GB) - B.M. Coen - 2020) H'cap (Pearl Warrior (GB) - A.J. Slattery - 2019)

Plusvital Speed Gene H'cap (Urban Beat - S. Foley - 2018)

Dubai Duty Free Celebration Stakes (Listed) (True Valour - S. Foley - 2017)

Irish Stallion Farms EBF 'Red God' H'cap (Hawke - C.T. Keane - 2016)

COLM QUINN BMW Irish EBF Corrib (F) Stks (Listed) (Champers Elysees - B.M. Coen - 2020)

SeasonRuns1st2nd3rd4thWin MoneyPlace MoneyTotal *
Winter All Weather 2020/2021271133€6,600€9,365€15,965
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 2020/202130000€0€0€0
National Hunt 2019/202061000€7,200€600€7,800
National Hunt 2018/201940001€0€600€600
Flat 20211071511157€243,900€94,990€338,890
Flat 202028741353025€708,300€313,603€1,021,903
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
Down-Royal 19/06/21 Caleta Sunrise S.B. Kelly Mdn 5f 2 8-13 Lagan Valley Steels M'dn €2,400
Down-Royal 19/06/21 Henry The Fifth B.M. Coen Mdn 1m 2f 75yds 3 9-7 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auc M'dn €1,900
Limerick 18/06/21 Sonnyboyliston S.B. Kelly F 1m 4f 110yds 1 9-9 109 Martin Molony Stakes (Listed) Listed €22,500
Gowran-Park 14/06/21 Ottoman Emperor B.M. Coen Hcp 1m 1f 100yds 1 9-7 90 H'cap €9,300
Gowran-Park 13/06/21 New York Dreams (GB) B.M. Coen Mdn 7f 6 9-7 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn €310
Gowran-Park 13/06/21 Puerto De Vega (GB) B.M. Coen Hcp 7f 4 9-11 72 Golf At Gowran Park H'cap €550
Gowran-Park 13/06/21 New Star S.B. Kelly Mdn 7f 5 9-4 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn €465
Limerick 12/06/21 Kalimera Nikita Amelia Kane Mdn 7f 7 8-4 Irish EBF Median Sires Series Mdn
Limerick 12/06/21 Kosman J.A. Powell Hcp 1m 8 9-6 70 Limerick Racecourse H'cap
Limerick 12/06/21 Trueba Wesley Joyce Hcp 6f 150yds 1 9-6 68 Limerick Racecourse H'cap €6,300
Fairyhouse 11/06/21 Magniffico (GB) B.M. Coen Mdn 6f 9 9-7 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn
Fairyhouse 11/06/21 Killaloan B.M. Coen Mdn 1m 4f 6 9-7 Tattersalls Ireland M'dn €240
Cork 09/06/21 Ladies Church (GB) B.M. Coen Mdn 6f 4 9-2 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) M'dn €700
Listowel 05/06/21 Threebagsfull B.M. Coen Mdn 6f 60yds 2 9-0 Irish EBF Median Sires Series M'dn €5,000
Down-Royal 04/06/21 Caleta Sunrise S.B. Kelly Mdn 5f 3 8-13 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) M'dn €1,400
Leopardstown 03/06/21 Fourhometwo (GB) B.M. Coen F 1m 2 9-0 107 Glencairn Stakes (Listed) Listed €7,500
Leopardstown 03/06/21 Kosman J.A. Powell Hcp 1m 2 8-8 68 Plusvital H'cap (Div 1) €2,300
Roscommon 31/05/21 Prince Of Peace D.E. Sheehy Hcp 7f 55yds 10 9-8 74 Peggy Guerin Memorial H'cap (Div 1)
Navan 30/05/21 Killaloan B.M. Coen Mdn 1m 5f 6 9-7 Navan Racecourse M'dn €240
Curragh 23/05/21 Mirann (FR) B.M. Coen Hcp 1m 2f 2 9-11 96 Betway H'cap €8,000

*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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