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 

First Classic winner (as a trainer): Sonnyboyliston (Ben Coen) (Comer Group International Irish St Leger), Curragh, September, 2021 

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


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. A year later and at the same two-day fixture, Murtagh gained his first Classic success when the Ben Coen-ridden Sonnyboyliston won the Comer Group International Irish St Leger at the Curragh. 

As a jockey, Johnny Murtagh rode 43 winners at Royal Ascot in all and he gained his first training success at the meeting when the Ben Coen-ridden Create Belief landed the Sandringham Handicap for three-year-old fillies in 2021.

Comer Group International Irish St Leger (Sonnyboyliston - B.M. Coen - 2021)

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)

Paddy Power Rockingham H'cap (Urban Beat - B.M. Coen - 2021)

Dubai Duty Free Celebration Stks (Listed) (Fourhometwo (GB) - B.M. Coen - 2021)

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)

Fitzdares Royal Whip Stakes (Group 3) (Earlswood (GB) - S.B. Kelly - 2021)

Invesco Pension Consultants Desmond Stks (Group 3) (Create Belief - S.B. Kelly - 2021)

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)

SeasonRuns1st2nd3rd4thWin MoneyPlace MoneyTotal *
Winter All Weather 2021/2022232226€14,400€14,250€28,650
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 2021/202220010€0€1,000€1,000
National Hunt 2020/202130000€0€0€0
National Hunt 2019/202061000€7,200€600€7,800
National Hunt 2018/201940001€0€600€600
Flat 202129937304126€873,500€402,700€1,276,200
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
Dundalk 14/01/22 Chargo (GB) S.B. Kelly Mdn 1m 4 9-2 (Fillies) M'dn
Dundalk 07/01/22 Chicago Lightening (GB) S.B. Kelly Mdn 7f 2 9-2 Follow Us On Twitter @DundalkStadium Mdn €2,400
Dundalk 07/01/22 Sixteen Arches D.E. Sheehy Mdn 7f 1 8-13 Follow Us On Twitter @DundalkStadium Mdn €7,200
Dundalk 05/01/22 No Nay Alexander D.E. Sheehy Hcp 7f 8 9-4 76 Handicap
Dundalk 05/01/22 Angel Girl D.E. Sheehy Mdn 6f 4 8-13 Follow Us On Twitter @DundalkStadium Mdn €600
Dundalk 05/01/22 Gloria Rosa N.G. McCullagh Mdn 6f 9 9-2 Follow Us On Twitter @DundalkStadium Mdn
Dundalk 15/12/21 Deceit (GB) N.G. McCullagh F 1m 4 8-13 Lengthen The Odds With BetVictor Race €675
Dundalk 15/12/21 Masked Mayhem D.E. Sheehy F 1m 7 8-10 Lengthen The Odds With BetVictor Race
Dundalk 10/12/21 Scipio's Defense D.E. Sheehy Mdn 7f 5 8-6 Irish EBF Median Sires Series (F) M'dn (Div 2) €750
Dundalk 10/12/21 New Star B.M. Coen Hcp 7f 5 9-12 75 Extra Places BetVictor Nursery H'cap €330
Dundalk 10/12/21 Kadinnka B.M. Coen Mdn 7f 3 9-1 Irish EBF Median Sires Series (F) M'dn (Div 1) €2,500
Dundalk 10/12/21 Lady Bear N.G. McCullagh Mdn 7f 13 8-11 Irish EBF Median Sires Series (F) M'dn (Div 2)
Dundalk 03/12/21 Blues Emperor B.M. Coen Mdn 1m 4 9-7 M'dn €600
Dundalk 03/12/21 No Nay Alexander B.M. Coen Mdn 6f 1 9-2 M'dn €7,200
Dundalk 01/12/21 Marooners Rock J.A. Powell Hcp 1m 10 8-0 42 Join On Instagram @dundalk_stadium H'cap
Dundalk 01/12/21 Chargo (GB) D.E. Sheehy F 7f 4 8-10 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Med. Auct. Race €925
Dundalk 26/11/21 Chicago Lightening (GB) B.M. Coen Mdn 6f 3 9-2 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) M'dn €1,400
Dundalk 26/11/21 New Star J.A. Powell Hcp 1m 4 9-5 75 Join Us On Instagram Nursery H'cap €550
Dundalk 26/11/21 Scipio's Defense S.B. Kelly Mdn 6f 5 9-2 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) M'dn €420
Dundalk 24/11/21 Lady Bear N.G. McCullagh Mdn 7f 6 8-8 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Auction M'dn €300

*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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