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 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 20/11/19 Angels (GB) D.E. Sheehy F 7f 4 8-6 73 Appleman's Cider Race Day Rated Race €875
Dundalk 15/11/19 Enchanted One D.E. Sheehy Hcp 1m 4 8-7 58 Christmas Nights At Dundalk Nursery Hcap €550
Dundalk 06/11/19 Enchanted One D.E. Sheehy Hcp 6f 2 8-6 56 Christmas Party Nights Dundalk Nurs. Hcp €2,200
Dundalk 06/11/19 So Suave N.G. McCullagh Mdn 7f 1 9-1 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Auction M'dn €9,600
Naas 03/11/19 Dalileo N.G. McCullagh Hcp 1m 6f 5 8-5 84 Local Bookmakers November H'cap €3,000
Dundalk 01/11/19 Festina Plente (GB) N.G. McCullagh F 1m 3 9-0 87 Al Basti Equiworld EBF Cooley (F) Stakes (Listed) Listed €6,000
Dundalk 01/11/19 Trueba D.E. Sheehy Hcp 1m 7 8-10 54 H'cap (Div 2)
Dundalk 01/11/19 Urban Beat S.B. Kelly Hcp 6f 3 9-10 101 Dundalk - Light Up Your Night H'cap €2,500
Dundalk 30/10/19 Lord Rapscallion B.M. Coen Hcp 1m 5 8-10 73 Book Your Christmas Party At Dundalk Hcp €360
Leopardstown 26/10/19 Pearl Warrior (GB) A.J. Slattery Hcp 1m 4f 20yds 10 8-0 83 Tote October H'cap
Leopardstown 26/10/19 Bestrella N.G. McCullagh Mdn 7f 5 9-0 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) M'dn €525
Dundalk 25/10/19 Angels (GB) B.M. Coen Hcp 7f 4 10-3 73 BetVictor Bet 5 Get 30 Apprentice H'cap €575
Dundalk 25/10/19 Lady Maura C.T. Keane Hcp 5f 3 9-0 70 Lengthen Odds BetVictor Nursery H'cap €1,250
Navan 23/10/19 Enchanted One N.G. McCullagh Hcp 5f 164yds 7 8-7 58 Foran Equine Irish EBF Nursery H'cap
Navan 23/10/19 Shore Step S.B. Kelly Hcp 5f 1 9-1 69 H'cap €7,200
Naas 20/10/19 Borelli A.J. Slattery F 7f 9 9-3 79 Foran Equine Irish EBF Auct. Race Final
Naas 20/10/19 Champers Elysees A.J. Slattery Hcp 6f 2 8-3 84 Tally-Ho EBF Birdcatcher Premier Nursery €10,000
Naas 20/10/19 Angels (GB) N.G. McCullagh F 1m 12 9-3 71 Business Club Irish EBF Garnet Stakes (Listed) Listed
Naas 20/10/19 Distant Vista N.G. McCullagh Mdn 6f 9 9-5 Tifrums Irish EBF (C&G) M'dn
Naas 20/10/19 Winiata N.G. McCullagh F 1m 3f 190yds 7 9-0 94 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Bluebell Stakes (Listed) Listed

*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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