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 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 2019/202061000€7,200€600€7,800
National Hunt 2018/201940001€0€600€600
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
Naas 23/03/20 Misterio N.G. McCullagh Mdn 6f 12 9-2 Naas Nursery Of Champions M'dn
Naas 23/03/20 Dheisheh (GB) S.B. Kelly Mdn 1m 15 9-4 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn
Naas 23/03/20 Camachita D.E. Sheehy Hcp 7f 2 8-13 92 Naas Business Club Madrid H'cap €10,000
Dundalk 20/03/20 Lady Maura G.P. Halpin Hcp 6f 2 9-12 67 Ladies Day Sunday 12th July H'cap €2,200
Dundalk 13/03/20 Trueba S.B. Kelly Hcp 7f 1 8-13 53 Love Your Mum At The Races H'cap €6,000
Dundalk 13/03/20 Enchanted One B.M. Coen Hcp 1m 8 8-12 61 Winter Series Awards Day 4th April H'cap
Dundalk 28/02/20 Kosman B.M. Coen Hcp 7f 2 8-13 62 Winter Series Awards Day 4th April H'cap €2,200
Dundalk 28/02/20 Dalileo P.J. Woods Hcp 2m 10 11-7 84 Craic At The Track 13th & 14th (QR) Hcap
Dundalk 28/02/20 Lady Maura N.G. McCullagh Mdn 6f 6 9-0 68 M'dn €240
Naas 23/02/20 Baba Boom N.P. Madden HcpHdl 1m 7f 170yds 19 11-4 109 'From The Horse's Mouth' H'cap H'dle
Dundalk 21/02/20 Kokura (GB) B.M. Coen Mdn 7f 1 9-2 77 Irish Stallion EBF Median Auction M'dn €9,600
Dundalk 07/02/20 Lord Rapscallion B.M. Coen Hcp 1m 3 9-4 88 Crowne Plaza Dundalk Race & Stay H'cap €1,700
Dundalk 07/02/20 Parkers Hill B.M. Coen F 7f 2 9-11 74 Claiming Race €2,000
Dundalk 07/02/20 Misterio N.G. McCullagh Mdn 5f 9 9-0 Bet On The Best Night Out M'dn
Dundalk 31/01/20 Kokura (GB) S.B. Kelly Mdn 1m DSQ 9-2 Valentine's Weekend Special M'dn €2,400
Down-Royal 28/01/20 Baba Boom N.P. Madden MdnHdl 2m 130yds 9 11-10 Molson Coors M'dn H'dle
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

*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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