Tommy Carberry

Born: September 16th, 1941

Died: Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

Date of trainer’s licence: 1982

Final winner as a jockey: Clouds Daughter (Bill Durkan) Listowel, September 20th, 1982

Final winner as a trainer: Blaze Of Fire (Paul Carberry) Wexford, June 20th, 2012

Significant horses (as a jockey)(selected): L’Escargot, Ten Up, Tied Cottage, Brown Lad, Anaglog’s Daughter, Tripacer, The Brockshee, Inkslinger, Flying Wild, Bahrain, Meladon, Soothsayer, Money Boat, Peccard, Leap Frog, Fordham, Just A Game, Hurry Harriet.

Cheltenham Festival winners (as a jockey): 16

Significant horses (as a trainer): Bobbyjo, Royal Appointment, Over The Last, Penny Hall, Kings Glen, Peak Raider. 

Did you know:

Tommy Carberry began his career as a jockey on the Flat in 1958. He rode his first winner over hurdles on the Dan Moore-trained Tripacer in the Gloucestershire Hurdle (now the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle) at the Cheltenham Festival in 1962 and went on to make his name as a top National Hunt rider who enjoyed 16 Cheltenham Festival winners. 

His Festival tally included three wins in the Gold Cup itself on L'Escargot in 1970 and 1971 and on Ten Up in 1975. He won the Cathcart Cup (now the Ryanair Chase) on Flying Wild in 1966 and again on Inkslinger in 1973. He also enjoyed a second Gloucestershire Hurdle (Supreme Novices’ Hurdle) on L'Escargot in 1968. He won the County Hurdle on Bahrain in 1963, the Stayers' Hurdle on Brown Lad in 1975, a Sun Alliance Chase on Tied Cottage in 1976 and the Triumph Hurdle on Meladon in 1977. Tommy Carberry won the two-mile Champion Chase on Inkslinger in 1973. He won the Arkle Chase twice, on Anaglog's Daughter in 1980 and The Brockshee two years later. At Aintree, he rode L'Escargot to victory in the Grand National in 1975. He partnered Soothsayer to win the Colonial Cup Chase at Camden, South Carolina in 1970. 

In all, he was champion National Hunt jockey in Ireland on four occasions and notable success closer to home came at Fairyhouse where he rode Brown Lad to win the Irish Grand National in 1975 and 1976. Remarkably, three of Tommy’s children were also to win the Irish Grand National, Paul won on Bobbyjo (trained by Tommy) in 1998, Philip won on the Pat Hughes-trained Point Barrow in 2006 and Nina became only the second female rider jockey to win the race when scoring with Organisedconfusion, trained by her uncle and Tommy’s brother-in-law Arthur Moore, in 2011. 

As a jockey, Tommy also won the Thyestes Chase on Brown Lad in 1976, five years after he gained his first success in the same race on Money Boat. Money Boat also won the Kerry National under Carberry in 1970, a race he had also won on Peccard in 1968. He won the Galway Hurdle on Tripacer in 1962 and the Galway Plate on Leap Frog in 1973. Among his many significant victories on the Flat was a win in the Joe McGrath Memorial Stakes (now the Irish Champion Stakes) on the Vincent O’Brien-trained Fordham in 1979. 

Tommy's final winner in the saddle came in the last race on the opening day of the Listowel festival on September 20th, 1982. He partnered Clouds Daughter, owned and trained by Bill Durkan, to win a handicap on the Flat. On his first ride the following afternoon, he was unseated after two furlongs in a fillies' sprint and the injuries he suffered ultimately forced him to retire. Tommy then set out on a successful training career that was to feature Grand National wins with Bobbyjo at both Fairyhouse and Aintree. He sent out his final runners in early 2013. 

SeasonRuns1st2nd3rd4thWin MoneyPlace MoneyTotal *
National Hunt 2012/2013181023€4,900€3,740€8,640
National Hunt 2011/2012300433€0€19,575€19,575
National Hunt 2010/2011223222€51,435€6,510€57,945
National Hunt 2009/2010280330€0€9,960€9,960
National Hunt 2008/2009392123€18,200€5,865€24,065
National Hunt 2007/2008401123€13,650€9,475€23,125
National Hunt 2006/2007584346€85,250€14,480€99,730
National Hunt 2005/2006632664€30,100€28,945€59,045
National Hunt 2004/2005913787€27,650€31,420€59,070
National Hunt 2003/2004440304€0€8,060€8,060
National Hunt 2002/2003726867€48,650€28,290€76,940
National Hunt 2001/2002754243€28,510€13,050€41,560
National Hunt 2000/2001480162€0€12,634€12,634
Flat 200710000€0€0€0
Flat 200310000€0€0€0
Flat 200120000€0€0€0
Flat 199950010€0€711€711

Date From
Date To
Race Type
Venue Date Horse Jockey Race Type Distance Place Weight Rating Race Pattern/ Listed Prize Money
Leopardstown 26/01/13 Peak Raider P.J. Carberry HcpHdl 2m 23 9-9 117 H'dle (Grade B) Grade B
Fairyhouse 01/01/13 Jeunopse N. Carberry MdnHdl 2m 4f 4 11-5 106 Bobbyjo Bistro (Mares) M'dn H'dle €500
Limerick 28/12/12 Blaze Of Fire (GB) J.L. Cullen BegCh 2m 1f 6 11-12 Irish Independent Beginners S'chase
Leopardstown 26/12/12 Peak Raider P. Carberry HcpCh 2m 1f 12 10-9 124 Racing Post For Irish Racing H'cap S'ch
Fairyhouse 15/12/12 Jeunopse N. Carberry MdnHdl 2m 4f 4 11-12 106 Christmas Party Raceday(Mares)M'dn H'dle €500
Fairyhouse 01/12/12 Peak Raider P.J. Carberry HcpCh 2m 1f 4 10-3 124 Bar One Racing Ballyhack H'cap S'chase (Grade B) Grade B €1,500
Thurles 29/11/12 Blaze Of Fire (GB) N.P. Madden BegCh 2m 2f 15 11-12 Killinan (C&G) Beginners S'chase
Downpatrick 14/11/12 Blaze Of Fire (GB) P. Carberry BegCh 2m 2f 110yds u.r. 11-12 Get Ready For Christmas Beginners S'ch
Punchestown 18/10/12 Jeunopse N. Carberry HcpHdl 2m 4f 10 11-3 107 €10 Admission Non Festival H'cap H'dle
Tramore 11/10/12 Blaze Of Fire (GB) P. Carberry BegCh 2m 9 11-12 @tramoreraces Twitter Beginners S'chase
Kilbeggan 07/09/12 Blaze Of Fire (GB) P. Carberry HcpHdl 2m 3f 3 11-0 90 Moate H'cap H'dle €640
Kilbeggan 11/08/12 Blaze Of Fire (GB) M.P. Walsh HcpHdl 2m 3f 3 11-7 90 Joe Cooney Memorial H'cap Hdle €600
Wexford 11/07/12 Blaze Of Fire (GB) P. Carberry HcpHdl 2m 6 11-7 90 Nick O'Donnell Memorial H'cap H'dle
Wexford 20/06/12 Blaze Of Fire (GB) P. Carberry HcpHdl 2m 2f 1 11-3 86 Curracloe H'cap H'dle €4,900
Limerick 20/05/12 Blaze Of Fire (GB) M.P. Walsh HcpHdl 2m 5f 6 11-5 88 Limerick GAA H'cap H'dle (Div 2)
Punchestown 08/05/12 Peak Raider P. Carberry HcpCh 2m p.u. 10-6 125 Coleman Tunnelling H'cap S'chase
Ballinrobe 01/05/12 Blaze Of Fire (GB) M.P. Walsh HcpHdl 2m 6 11-0 90 Killeen Sports Grounds H'cap H'dle
Ballinrobe 01/05/12 Links Course M.P. Walsh BegCh 2m 6f p.u. 11-12 Ladies Day June 26th Beginners S'chase
Tipperary 19/04/12 Ally Cascade N. Carberry NHF 2m 3 11-4 Tipperary Racecourse Events Flat Race €560
Fairyhouse 10/04/12 Peak Raider P.J. Carberry HcpCh 2m 1f 5 9-10 125 Dan Moore Memorial H'cap S'chase (Grade A) Grade A

*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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