Tom Taaffe

County of origin: Kildare

First winner: Dromineer (Ruby Walsh) Killarney, May 18, 1996

Final winner: Goose Man (Mr Pat Taaffe) Down Royal, March 17, 2021

Significant horses: Kicking King, Finger Onthe Pulse, Ninetieth Minute, Delphi Lodge, Emotional Moment, Solar System, Merdeka, Glenfinn Captain, Cane Brake, Tumbling Dice, In The High Grass, Treacle, Argocat, Peoples Park, Riders Onthe Storm, Merdeka, Heaney, Smoking Aces, Bank Statement, Lady Of Kildare. 

Did you know:  

Tom Taaffe rode at the highest level as a jockey, enjoying over 400 winners and his 27-training career was highlighted by the success of Kicking King in the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2005.  

Tom comes from one of Ireland's best-known National Hunt families - his grandfather, also Tom, trained the 1958 Aintree Grand National winner Mr What and his own late father Pat rode the mighty Arkle and also trained many Grade 1 winners including Captain Christy, winner of the Cheltenham Gold Cup and twice the winner of the King George VI Chase.

Tom enjoyed a fine career as a jockey himself, enjoying no shortage of big-race success, many of them shared with Arthur Moore. One of his biggest wins as a jockey came on Brittany Boy in the 1987 Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse.  

After retiring from the saddle, Tom began training in 1994. One of his first big winners was Delphi Lodge in the 1998 Power Gold Cup at the Fairyhouse Easter Meeting but his greatest success came at the Cheltenham Festival where he was a three-time winner.

In 2005, Kicking King landed the Bulmers Cheltenham Gold Cup with Barry Geraghty in the saddle. Three years later, Finger Onthe Pulse (Barry Geraghty) won the Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase and in 2009 Ninetieth Minute (Paddy Flood) landed the Coral Cup. Kicking King also won the 2004 and 2005 King George VI Chase at Kempton. 

Tom won four Grade 1 chases in Ireland with Delphi Lodge claiming the Powers Gold Cup in 1998 and Kicking King winning the Baileys Arkle Perpetual Challenge Cup Novice Chase and the John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase in 2004 and the Punchestown Guinness Gold Cup the following year. 

Argocat, Glenfinn Captain, Tumbling Dice, Merdeka, Emotional Moment and Bank Statement were all winners for Taaffe at Grade 2 level while the likes of Champagne Native, Mr Baxter Basics and Verrazano Bridge were among the stable's other notable winners.

In addition to his Cheltenham Festival success, Finger Onthe Pulse also won the Galway Plate in 2010. The Pat Smullen-ridden Lady Of Kildare was a high-profile winner on the Flat for Taaffe in the Listed Go And Go Round Tower Stakes at the Curragh in 2000. 

In March 2021, Taaffe announced that he wouldn't be renewing his licence and was exiting the training ranks. His final winner, Goose Man, in the Bluegrass Horse Feeds Chase at Down Royal on March 17, 2021, was ridden by his son Pat. 

Punchestown Guinness Gold Cup (Grade 1) (Kicking King - B.J. Geraghty - 2005) Galway Plate (Grade A) (Finger Onthe Pulse - - 2010)

Paddy Power S'chase (Grade B) (Cane Brake - A.B. Joyce - 2006) Munster National H'cap Sch (Grade A) (Treacle - P. Townend - 2009) Troytown H'cap S'chase (Grade B) (Cane Brake - B.J. Geraghty - 2006)

John Durkan Mem. Punchestown S'chase (Grade 1) (Kicking King - B.J. Geraghty - 2004)

Baileys Arkle Perp.Chall.Cup Novice S'ch (Grade 1) (Kicking King - B.J. Geraghty - 2004)

Freephone Stanley 08081001221 H'cap H'dl (Emotional Moment - N. Williamson - 2002)

Clonmel Oil S'chase (Grade 2) (Glenfinn Captain - B.J. Geraghty - 2008)

O'Connell Logistics Hilly Way S'chase (Grade 2) (Tumbling Dice - S.M. McGovern - 2006)

Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa Novice H'dle (Grade 2) (Glenfinn Captain - A.P. McCoy - 2006)

Bar-One Racing Johnstown Novice H'dle (Grade 2) (Merdeka - B.J. Geraghty - 2006)

McCabe Builders Ltd Boyne H'dle (Grade 3) (Emotional Moment - B.J. Geraghty - 2005) Christmas H'dle (Grade 2) (Emotional Moment - B.J. Geraghty - 2004)

National Lottery Agent Champion S'chase (Grade 2) (Kicking King - B.J. Geraghty - 2004)

Paddy Fitzpatrick Memorial Novice S'chse (Grade 3) (Emotional Moment - B.J. Geraghty - 2004)

McCabe Builders Ltd Boyne H'dle (Grade 2) (Emotional Moment - B.J. Geraghty - 2003)

Byrne Group Plc Novice H'dle (Kicking King - B.J. Geraghty - 2003)

Red Mills S'chase (Grade 2) (Glenfinn Captain - M.P. Walsh - 2009)

EasyFix H'cap S'chase (Grade B) (Peoples Park - M.P. Walsh - 2016)

SeasonRuns1st2nd3rd4thWin MoneyPlace MoneyTotal *
Winter All Weather 2015/201610000€0€0€0
Winter All Weather 2012/201331001€5,600€500€6,100
National Hunt 2020/2021284713€28,500€20,745€49,245
National Hunt 2019/2020141012€10,938€2,955€13,893
National Hunt 2018/2019242432€19,063€25,850€44,913
National Hunt 2017/2018353454€32,813€24,650€57,463
National Hunt 2016/2017595158€66,563€29,288€95,850
National Hunt 2015/2016412355€16,300€19,733€36,033
National Hunt 2014/2015406634€50,710€34,545€85,255
National Hunt 2013/2014677597€69,210€33,385€102,595
National Hunt 2012/2013911313129€140,450€54,540€194,990
National Hunt 2011/20125073103€72,530€69,790€142,320
National Hunt 2010/201110534119€134,950€32,756€167,706
National Hunt 2009/20101446151610€110,950€79,855€190,805
National Hunt 2008/200917720131721€284,650€161,735€446,385
National Hunt 2007/20081831420195€167,450€157,113€324,563
National Hunt 2006/200721628213723€484,340€210,115€694,455
National Hunt 2005/200616826171619€351,400€126,925€478,325
National Hunt 2004/20051402515129€512,550€96,535€609,085
National Hunt 2003/20041441681912€222,600€74,805€297,405
National Hunt 2002/20038514676€233,250€46,755€280,005
National Hunt 2001/2002117118178€113,120€64,549€177,669
National Hunt 2000/2001902012711€168,368€62,617€230,985
Flat 201750102€0€3,875€3,875
Flat 201630000€0€325€325
Flat 201550010€0€800€800
Flat 201360301€0€5,415€5,415
Flat 201230100€0€4,000€4,000
Flat 200910000€0€0€0
Flat 200830000€0€0€0
Flat 200750030€0€3,280€3,280
Flat 2006292033€16,800€6,210€23,010
Flat 2005120004€0€3,290€3,290
Flat 200420000€0€0€0
Flat 200360000€0€0€0
Flat 2002160100€0€2,550€2,550
Flat 2001220032€0€6,692€6,692
Flat 2000152322€32,696€7,117€39,813
Flat 1999161020€6,666€1,321€7,987
Flat 1998241212€4,222€3,127€7,349

Date From
Date To
Race Type
Venue Date Horse Jockey Race Type Distance Place Weight Rating Race Pattern/ Listed Prize Money
Downpatrick 21/03/21 Ultra Viers Pat Taaffe NHF 2m 1f 65yds 6 11-9 Molson Coors (Pro-Am) INH Flat Race €200
Down-Royal 17/03/21 Goose Man Pat Taaffe Ch 3m 2f 50yds 1 10-9 135 Bluegrass Horse Feeds S'chase €9,300
Limerick 14/03/21 Any Givin Sunday Pat Taaffe NHF 2m 9 11-9 Adare (Pro-Am) INH Flat Race
Thurles 15/02/21 Ultra Viers Pat Taaffe NHF 1m 7f 181yds 5 11-13 JohnThomas McNamara Series INH Flat Race €315
Leopardstown 07/02/21 Goose Man HcpCh 2m 5f 93yds 6 10-3 135 Gaelic Plant Hire H'cap S'chase (Grade A) Grade A €2,500
Punchestown 18/01/21 Resurrected Duke Pat Taaffe HcpHdl 2m 10 11-7 101 John Thomas McNamara (Q.R.) H'cap H'dle
Naas 13/01/21 Moments Past Pat Taaffe NHF 1m 7f 180yds 6 10-9 Rushe's Supervalu (Pro-Am) INH Flat Race €200
Limerick 29/12/20 Resurrected Duke S.D. Torrens HcpHdl 2m 3f 5 11-9 102 Party Time H'cap H'dle €300
Limerick 28/12/20 Goose Man H. Morgan HcpCh 2m 3f 160yds u.r. 10-5 135 Tim Duggan Memorial H'cap S'chase (Grade B) Grade B
Thurles 20/12/20 Cottie Pat Taaffe NHF 2m 4 11-2 Best Wishes (Pro-Am) INH Flat Race €450
Clonmel 03/12/20 Resurrected Duke Pat Taaffe HcpHdl 2m 43yds fell 11-7 102 Powerstown H'cap H'dle
Fairyhouse 10/11/20 Resurrected Duke Pat Taaffe HcpHdl 2m 3f 110yds 6 11-5 102 John Thomas McNamara Series (QR) Hcp Hdl €230
Down-Royal 30/10/20 Any Givin Sunday Pat Taaffe NHF 2m 100yds 4 11-5 Rainbow Communications INH Flat Race €575
Clonmel 29/10/20 Resurrected Duke Pat Taaffe HcpHdl 2m 3f 170yds 2 11-9 100 Powerstown Demesne (QR) H'cap H'dle €2,000
Galway 25/10/20 Champagnesocialist Pat Taaffe NHF 2m 11yds 2 11-0 Pink Ribbon (F) (Pro-Am) INH Flat Race €1,800
Punchestown 14/10/20 Any Givin Sunday NHF 2m 1 10-11 Punchestown INH Flat Race €6,000
Killarney 05/10/20 Walking Fame J.J. Slevin MdnHdl 2m 1f 1 11-9 Irish EBF (Mares) Mdn Hdle €7,800
Gowran-Park 02/10/20 Resurrected Duke J.J. Slevin HcpHdl 2m 4f 2 11-9 97 Race Displays H'cap H'dle €2,000
Gowran-Park 02/10/20 Cottie Pat Taaffe NHF 2m 5 11-4 ISF EBF Mucklemeg (Mares) INH Flat Race (Listed) Listed €975
Roscommon 28/09/20 Champagnesocialist Pat Taaffe NHF 2m 2 10-9 Connolly's Red Mills INH Flat Race €1,800

*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).