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 201921716282622€182,213€178,363€360,575
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 15/09/19 Finding Nero F 1m 7 10-13 82 The Pat Smullen Champions Race For Cance
Curragh 15/09/19 Champers Elysees S. Foley F 6f 63yds 6 8-8 Tattersalls Ire. Super Auction Sale Stks €7,500
Curragh 15/09/19 Red Lark N.G. McCullagh F 6f 63yds 8 8-6 Tattersalls Ire. Super Auction Sale Stks €5,000
Leopardstown 14/09/19 Pronouncement (USA) C.D. Hayes F 7f 3 9-0 Ballylinch Stud Irish EBF Ingabelle Stks (Listed) Listed €10,000
Leopardstown 14/09/19 Camachita D.P. McDonogh F 7f 8 9-0 Ballylinch Stud Irish EBF Ingabelle Stks (Listed) Listed
Listowel 13/09/19 Formal Order (GB) C.T. Keane Hcp 1m 4f 13 8-13 73 John & Terry Moriarty Memorial H'cap
Listowel 12/09/19 Dalileo B.M. Coen Hcp 1m 6f 3 9-4 82 Behans Horseshoe Bar & Restaurant H'cap €2,000
Laytown 11/09/19 Perfect Beauty (GB) S.B. Kelly Mdn 7f 2 9-9 66 Gilna's Cottage Inn Pride Of Place M'dn €2,500
Listowel 11/09/19 Prosecution (GB) J.A. Heffernan Hcp 1m 1f 6 9-8 72 Seamus Mulvaney Bookmaker H'cap €280
Listowel 11/09/19 Cruella Dovil S. Foley Hcp 7f 7 9-11 72 Listowel Arms H'cap
Laytown 11/09/19 Shore Step S.B. Kelly Hcp 6f 2 10-4 68 Bohan Hyland & Associates H'cap €2,300
Listowel 11/09/19 Guessthebill N.G. McCullagh Hcp 7f 11 9-6 90 Brandon Hotel H'cap
Listowel 09/09/19 Pearl Warrior (GB) A.J. Slattery Hcp 1m 4f 1 7-13 77 H'cap €30,000
Listowel 09/09/19 Trueba S. Foley Hcp 6f 60yds 4 9-3 55 Feale H'cap €650
Listowel 09/09/19 Winiata N.G. McCullagh F 1m 1f 3 8-12 88 Edmund & Josie Whelan Mem. Listowel Stks (Listed) Listed €5,000
Listowel 09/09/19 Angels (GB) S. Foley Hcp 1m 3 8-11 71 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) H'cap €2,500
Listowel 09/09/19 Borelli A.J. Slattery Hcp 1m 7 7-13 71 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Premier Nursery
Listowel 09/09/19 Kenshibu N.G. McCullagh Hcp 1m 5 8-4 72 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Premier Nursery €1,200
Gowran-Park 04/09/19 Finding Nero W.J. Lee Hcp 1m 1f 110yds 1 9-6 78 Dining Packages At Gowran Park H'cap €7,200
Gowran-Park 04/09/19 Luminent B.M. Coen Hcp 1m 1 9-8 64 Tickets On Apprentice Hcap (Div 1) €6,000

*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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