Tom Taaffe

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

Significant horses (selected): 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. 

Assoc. jockeys: Mark Walsh, Andrew Lynch, Bryan Cooper, Pat Taaffe

Did you know:  

Tom Taaffe comes from one of Ireland's best-known National Hunt families in Ireland - his grandfather, also Tom, trained Aintree Grand National winner Mr What in 1958 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 a winner of the King George VI Chase.

Tom enjoyed a fine career as a jockey himself, enjoying no shortage of big-race winners, 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. During his riding career he rode over 400 winners.

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 has come at the Cheltenham Festival where he is a three-time winner. His greatest moment undoubtedly came in 2005 when 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. 

Punchestown Guinness Gold Cup (Grade 1) (Kicking King - B.J. Geraghty - 2005) Galway Plate (Grade A) (Finger Onthe Pulse - A.P. McCoy - 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 2020/2021223713€19,200€17,730€36,930
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
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 A.B. O'Connor 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
Listowel 21/09/20 Walking Fame J.J. Slevin MdnHdl 2m 4f 4 11-9 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (M) M'dn H'dle €700
Clonmel 03/09/20 Cottie Pat Taaffe NHF 2m 81yds DSQ 11-2 Tickincor (Pro-Am) INH Flat Race
Downpatrick 31/08/20 Walking Fame Pat Taaffe NHF 2m 2f 165yds 1 11-2 A J C Group INH Flat Race €5,400
Ballinrobe 24/08/20 Resurrected Duke J.J. Slevin HcpHdl 2m 1f 87yds 2 11-8 95 John Rochford Memorial H'cap H'dle €2,000
Galway 29/07/20 Cottie Pat Taaffe NHF 2m 110yds 2 11-4 Ir Stallion Farms EBF INH (M) Flat Race €2,000
Ballinrobe 22/07/20 Walking Fame Pat Taaffe NHF 2m 1f 150yds 3 11-4 Tim Kelly Group (Mares) INH Flat Race €900

*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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