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 2020/202110100€0€0€0
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
Bellewstown 04/07/20 Walking Fame Pat Taaffe NHF 2m 140yds 2 11-2 McLoughlin Oil INH Flat Race
Thurles 21/03/20 Ultra Viers Pat Taaffe NHF 1m 7f 177yds 10 11-2 (P-Am) INH Flat Race
Navan 14/03/20 Resurrected Duke G.B. Noonan HcpHdl 2m 7 9-6 98 Adare Manor Opportunity H'cap H'dle
Naas 23/02/20 Resurrected Duke J.J. Slevin HcpHdl 1m 7f 170yds u.r. 10-9 99 'From The Horse's Mouth' H'cap H'dle
Punchestown 19/02/20 Ultra Viers Pat Taaffe NHF 2m 90yds 3 11-0 Sporting Hospitality INH Flat Race €1,050
Naas 05/01/20 Resurrected Duke J.J. Slevin MdnHdl 1m 7f 190yds 6 11-12 INH Stallion Owners EBF M'dn H'dle €300
Navan 15/12/19 Resurrected Duke J.J. Slevin MdnHdl 2m 10 11-12 Irish Stallion Owners EBF M'dn H'dle
Gowran-Park 23/11/19 Resurrected Duke S.F. O'Keeffe MdnHdl 2m 8 11-7 INH Stallion Owners EBF M'dn H'dle
Galway 26/10/19 Resurrected Duke J.J. Slevin MdnHdl 2m 90yds 10 11-12 Corrib Oil M'dn H'dle
Galway 16/09/19 Walking Fame J.J. Slevin MdnHdl 2m 130yds 5 11-1 Kenny Developments M'dn H'dle €405
Kilbeggan 24/08/19 Checkout Tuesday Pat Taaffe NHF 2m 2f 33yds 8 11-7 Kilbeggan On Instagram INH Flat Race
Sligo 20/08/19 Walking Fame J.J. Slevin MdnHdl 2m 1f 110yds 4 10-11 BetVictor Bet 5 Get 40 (M) M'dn H'dle €575
Sligo 14/07/19 Checkout Tuesday Pat Taaffe NHF 2m 2f 9 11-7 Ladies Day At Sligo Races INH Flat Race
Down-Royal 21/06/19 Checkout Tuesday Pat Taaffe NHF 2m 100yds 4 11-0 Mencap INH Flat Race €625
Down-Royal 21/06/19 Goose Man S.F. O'Keeffe Hdl 2m 4f 1 11-5 121 H'dle €10,938
Punchestown 03/05/19 Resurrected Duke Pat Taaffe NHF 2m 2f 17 11-7 GVA Donal O'Buachalla INH Flat Race
Fairyhouse 22/04/19 Goose Man J.J. Slevin HcpCh 3m 150yds 2 11-9 134 Fred Kenny Service To Racing Hcap Schase €5,000
Fairyhouse 21/04/19 Riders Onthe Storm J.J. Slevin HcpCh 2m 150yds p.u. 11-10 139 BoyleSports Novice H'cap S'chase (Grade B) Grade B
Limerick 16/03/19 Walking Fame Pat Taaffe NHF 2m 7 10-7 Racing Again Tomorrow (P-A)INH Flat Race
Down-Royal 16/03/19 Goose Man B.J. Cooper HcpHdl 2m 5f 130yds 2 11-4 117 French Village Novice H'cap H'dle €3,200

*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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