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, 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

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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. 

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. 

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 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 202124835223424€844,100€331,660€1,175,760
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
Curragh 25/09/21 Shanghai Dragon N.G. McCullagh Hcp 6f 8 9-10 68 GAIN The Advantage Series Nursery H'cap
Curragh 25/09/21 Navagio B.M. Coen Mdn 1m 3 9-2 Irish EBF Median Sires Series M'dn
Curragh 25/09/21 Chicago Soldier B.M. Coen F 1m 5 9-5 88 Alan Smurfit Memorial Beresford Stakes (Group 2) Group 2
Curragh 25/09/21 Measure Of Magic B.M. Coen F 6f 3 9-2 104 William Hill Ireland Renaissance Stakes (Group 3) Group 3
Curragh 25/09/21 Magniffico (GB) B.M. Coen Hcp 6f 1 9-12 70 GAIN The Advantage Series Nursery H'cap
Dundalk 24/09/21 Angels Wrath B.M. Coen Mdn 7f 1 9-2 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) M'dn
Dundalk 24/09/21 Misterio D.E. Sheehy Hcp 6f 3 9-7 66 Hollywoodbets Now Streaming App H'cap
Dundalk 24/09/21 Castle Stables C.P. Hoban Hcp 1m 4f 8 8-7 48 Join On Instagram @dundalk_stadium H'cap (Div 1)
Fairyhouse 20/09/21 New Star B.M. Coen Hcp 6f 8 9-4 75 Tattersalls Yearling Sale Nursery H'cap
Fairyhouse 20/09/21 Mise Le Meas B.M. Coen F 6f 3 9-0 Ballyhane Blenheim Stakes (Listed) Listed €4,000
Fairyhouse 20/09/21 Tempt (GB) B.M. Coen Mdn 7f 14 9-2 Soldiers Call @Ballyhane (Fillies) M'dn
Fairyhouse 20/09/21 Ever A Dream B.M. Coen Hcp 1m 5f 110yds 8 9-8 81 Fairyhouse H'cap
Gowran-Park 18/09/21 Carrytheone (GB) B.M. Coen F 7f 1 9-13 101 Holden Plant Rentals Race €8,100
Gowran-Park 18/09/21 Amazed By Grace (GB) B.M. Coen F 1m 1f 100yds 12 9-2 88 D.Cordell Lavarack/Lanwades Stud(F)Stks (Group 3) Group 3
Dundalk 17/09/21 Lord Gorgeous B.M. Coen F 5f 5 9-9 84 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Race €555
Naas 16/09/21 Capoeira B.M. Coen Hcp 1m 12 9-9 72 Naas Racecourse Business Club Nurs. Hcap
Naas 16/09/21 Karkiyna B.M. Coen Mdn 5f 205yds 2 9-2 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) M'dn €3,100
Punchestown 14/09/21 Zuhra B.M. Coen Mdn 7f 200yds 3 9-2 BetVictor Supporting Irish Racing M'dn €1,200
Punchestown 14/09/21 Esculenta B.M. Coen Mdn 7f 2 9-2 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) M'dn €2,800
Punchestown 14/09/21 Saval Boys S.B. Kelly Mdn 7f 200yds 13 9-7 BetVictor Supporting Irish Racing M'dn

*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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