The Aintree Database


Donald McCain Jnr

Son of the legendary Ginger did not get too many opportunities as a jockey riding 31 winners in ten seasons but forged a very successful career as a trainer on taking over from his father in 2006. Followed in his fathers footsteps training Ballabriggs to win the National in 2011.

Grand National Record : One ride 1996 Sure Metal (17th)

Jimmy McCarthy 

Rode 492 races in a career spanning twenty five seasons and bowed out with a winner at Southwell in July 2013.

Major Races Won : Charlie Hall Chase 04 (Crystal D`Ainay), John Parrett Memorial 94 (Young Snugfit), Tote Gold Trophy 99 (Decoupage) 

Grand National record : Six rides 2000 Escartefigue (unseated rider last), 2001 Noble Lord (fell 13th), 2002 Royal Predica (8th), 2004 Blowing Wind (refused 6th), 2005 Frenchman`s Creek (fell 1st), 2007 Gallant Approach (12th)

Mr Tim McCarthy

Champion amateur in 1997-98. Now trains in Godstone, Surrey. 

Festival Win : Kim Muir 94 (Fighting Words)*

Grand National record : Two rides 1996 Over The Deel 9th, Joe White (pulled up 15th)

A P McCoy 

Nothing I can say here could possibly do this man justice. Bursting onto the UK scene in 1994-95 when he was champion conditional jockey with 74 winners he has been champion jockey ever since keeping a whole generation of jockeys off the top spot. He has  ridden over 4,000 winners  (4,214 winners in the UK and 143 in Ireland). A phenomenon ! And he won the National at the fifteenth attempt and rightly won the BBCs Sports Personality of the Year with a whopping 46% of the vote. Won twenty consecutive jockeys titles. Shocked the racing world with the announcement of his retirement in February 2016 and bowed out at Sandown in April 2016. (I was there) - the greatest jockey I have ever seen and I will not see his like again.  Further reading : McCOY THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY (Tony McCoy with Steve Taylor) Penguin Books 2002

Major Races Won : Murphys Gold Cup 99 (Cyfor Malta), Thomas Pink Gold Cup 00 (Lady Cricket), 01 (Shooting Light), Padddy Power Gold Cup 06 (Exotic Dancer), First National Bank Gold Cup 00 (Upgrade), 01 (Wahiba Sands), Peterborough Chase 07 (Racing Demon), Fighting Fifth Hurdel 13 (My Tent or Yours), Tripleprint Gold Cup 98 (Northern Stralight), Bula Hurdle 01 (Valirimix), 02 (Rooster Booster), International Hurdle 08 (Binocular), Tingle Creek Chase 08 (Master Minded), Long Walk Hurdle 02 (Deanos Beano), Betterware Cup 96 (Go Ballistic), Tote Silver Cup 99 (Tresor du Mai), 01 (Shooting Light), Feltham Novices Chase 99 (Gloria Victis), 01 (Maximise), 05 (Darkness), King George VI Chase 02 (Best Mate), Christmas Hurdle 07 (Straw Bear), 10 (ran in 11) (Binocular), 11 (Binocular), 13 (Darlan), 13 (My Tent or Yours),  Welsh National 10 (ran in 11) (Synchronised), Pillar Property Chase 99 (Cyfor Malta), Argento Chase 11 (Neptune Collonges), Cleeve Hurdle 02 (Classified), 06 (Fire Dragon), Victor Chandler Chase 00 (Nordance Prince), 11 (Master Minded), Skybet Chase 15 (If In Doubt), AON Chase 11 (Noland), Tote Goid Trophy 02 (Copeland), 10 (Get Me Out Of Here), Betfair Hurdle 13 (My Tent Or Yours), Letherby & Christopher Chase 07 (Exotic Dancer), Racing Post Chase 06 (Innox), 09 (Naccarat), Imperial Cup 98 (Blowing Wind), 02 (Polar Red), 03 (Korello), 07 (Gaspara), 10 (Qaspal), Midlands Grand National 10 (Synchronised), Martell Cup 04 (Tiutchev), Betfair Bowl 07 (Exotic Dancer), John Hughes Memorial Trophy 98 (Cyfor Malta), 00 (Northern Starlight), Melling Chase 96 (Viking Flagship), 10 (Albertas Run), 15 (Don Cossack), Maghull Novices Chase 04 (Well Chief), 06 (Foreman), Aintree Hurdle 98 (Pridwell), 14 (Jezki), Scottish Champion Hurdle 00 (Mr Morose), 05 (Genghis), Scottish Grand National 97 (Belmont King), Attheraces Gold Cup 02 (Bounce Back), Bet365 Gold Cup 09 (Hennessy)

Festival Wins :  Supreme Nov H 99 (Hors La Loi III), Arkle 97 (Or Royal), 98 (Champleve), 04 (Well Chief), Festival Trophy HC 09 (Wichita Lineman), Champion Hurdle 97 (Make A Stand), 06 (Brave Inca), 10  (Binocular), Centenary NHC 06 (Reveillez), RSA Chase 08 (Albertas Run), Queen Mother 00 (Edredon Bleu), Golden Miller NC 11 (Noble Prince), 14 (Taquin de Seuil), Pertemps Final 98 (Unsinkable Boxer), Ryanair Chase 10 (Albertas Run), 11 (Albertas Run), 15 (Uxizandre), Mildmay of Flete 99 (Majadou), County 98 (Blowing Wind), 12 (Alderwood), Albert Bartlett NH 06 (Black Jack Ketchum), 07 (Wichita Lineman), 13 (At Fishers Cross), Cheltenhm Gold Cup 97 (Mr Mulligan), 12 (Synchronised), Grand Annual 96 (Kibreet), 98 (Edredon Bleu), 13 (Alderwood)

Grand National record : Twenty rides : 1995 Chatham (fell 12th), 1996 Deep Bramble (pulled up 29th), 1998 Challenger du Luc (fell 1st), 1999 Eudipe (fell 22nd), 2000 Dark Stranger (unseated rider 3rd), 2001 Blowing Wind (brought down 19th remounted 3rd), 2002 Blowing Wind (3rd), 2003 Iris Bleu (pulled up 16th), 2004 Jurancon II (fell 4th), 2005 Clan Royal (carried out 22nd), 2006 Clan Royal (3rd), 2007 L`Ami (10th), 2008 Butlers Cabin (fell 22nd), 2009 Butlers Cabin (7th), 2010 Don`t Push It WON, 2011 Don`t Push It (3rd), 2012 Synchronised (fell 6th), 2013 Colbert Station (unseated rider 15th), 2014 Double Seven (3rd), 2015 Shutthefrontdoor (5th)

Jeremiah McGrath *

150 winners since 2009. Best season 2016-17 with 43 wins from 267 rides

Festival Win :  Ultima H'Cap Ch 19 (Beware the Bear), Fred Winter NH 12 (Une Artiste)

Grand National record : One ride 2016 Triolo D'Alene (14th) 

Larry McGrath

Rode 82 winners between 1995 and 2007. A fall at Catterick in December 2007 injured his neck and despite hopes of a return to riding he was forced to retire on medical advice in September 2009. Retrained as a chef.

Festival Win : Cathcart Challenge Cup 04 (Our Armaggedon)

Grand National record : One ride 2003 Red Striker (unseated rider 27th)

Richard McGrath 

Rode 588 winners between 1994 & 2014 with a best season total 57 winners from 481 rides in 2007-08. Suffered a back fracture at Hexham in March 2014 and has not ridden since.

Major Races Won : Victor Chandler Chase 02 (Turgeonev), AGFA Diamond Chase 07 (Rambling Minister), RedSquare Vodka Gold Cup 06 (Osmoses), Scottish Grand National 03 (Ryalux)

Festival Win : Pertemps Final 96 (Great Easby)

Grand National record : Six rides 1998 Choisty (fell 6th), 2002 The Last Fling (fell 24th), 2004 Spot Thedifference (5th), 2006 First Gold (unseated rider 23rd), 2007 Jack High (fell 6th), 2008 Dun Doire (pulled up 29th)

Richie McLernon *

No one has come so close to winning a National - failing by a nose !!! Ridden 241 winners and 6 in Ireland 

Major race won : Paddy Power Gold Cup 13 (Johns Spirit) 

Festival win : Festival Trophy HC 12 (Alfie Sherrin), 14 (Holywell), Champion Bumper 03 (Liberman), Pertemps Final 13 (Holywell)

Grand National record : Nine rides 2010 Can`t Buy Time (fell 8th), 2011 Can`t Buy Time (fell 18th), 2012 Sunnyhillboy (2nd), 2013 Sunnyhillboy (unseated rider 30th), 2014 Twirling Magnet (fell 1st), 2015 Court By Surprise (pulled up 18th), 2016 Holywell (fell 2nd), 2017 La Vaticane (15th), 2019 Minella Rocco (pulled up 21st)

Mr Paul McMahon

Rode 15 winners in 1990 when he had his only Grand National ride and was champion amateur as well but I cannot find any record of him thereafter. 

Grand National record : One ride 1990 Solares (17th)

Bobby McNally 

49 winners in Ireland and 44 in the UK. His best season was in the UK in 2002-03 (27 winners from 152 rides)

Grand National record : Two rides 2004 Exit to Wave (pulled up 9th), 2005 L`Aventure (15th)

Andrew J McNamara 

Brother of Robbie who announced his retirement in August 2015 . Rode 474 winners in Ireland including the Irish Grand National on Blues Cracker in 2010 and 12 in the UK. Intends to join the training ranks.

Major Races Won : Paddy Power Gold Cup 09 (Tranquil Sea), Melling Chase 06 (Hi Cloy)

Festival Win : Queen Mother Champion Chase 06 (Newmill)

Grand National record : Seven rides 2006 Rince Ri (refused 27th), 2007 Cloudy Bays (refused 15th), 2008 Black Apalachi (fell 2nd), 2009 Snowy Morning (9th), 2010 Ballyholland (pulled up 28th), 2011 Bluesea Cracker (14th), 2013 Forpaddydeplasterer (pulled up 24th)

J P McNamara

Spinal injuries ended his career following a fall in a hurdle race at Bangor in April 2006. Rode 206 winners. Was told he would never walk again but with enormous determination he managed to do so. With the help of JETS Employment and Training Service he has retrained as a Horsefeed sales representative.

Grand National record : Six rides 2001 Addington Boy (unseated rider 2nd), 2002 Streamstown (9th), 2003 Wonder Weasel (fell 3rd), 2004 Wonder Weasel (pulled up 29th), 2005 Heros Collonges (8th), 2006 Heros Collonges (unseated rider 15th)

Mr J T McNamara 

Rode Spot Thedifference to five victories over the Cheltenham Cross Country course. He rode over 600 winners between the flags in Ireland. The ultimate cross country specialist he rode 100 winners under rules in Ireland and 21 in the UK. Paralysed following a first fence fall in the 2013 Kim Muir at the Festival. Died on 26th July 2016.

Festival Wins : NH Chase 02 (Rith Dubh), 12 (Teaforthree), Cross Country 05 (Spot Thedifference), Foxhunters 07 (Drombeag)

Grand National record : One ride 2007 Clan Royal (11th)

Mr R P McNamara 

Brother of Andrew. Paralysed from the waist down following a fall at Wexford in April 2015. Intends to start training. Rode 134 winners in Ireland and 2 in the UK. 

Festival Wins : Champion Bumper 14 (Silver Concorde), Kim Muir 14 (Spring Heeled) 

Grand National record : One ride 2011 Majestic Concorde (unseated rider 24th)

Ollie McPhail

Rode 127 winners between 1996 and 2008. Survived a terrible fall on Blue Cheek at the Chair in the 1998 Foxhunters.

Grand National record : Three rides 2000 Camelot Knight (15th), 2003 Mantles Prince (unseated rider 25th), 2004 Mantles Prince (pulled up 17th)                                                                                                        

Seamus Mackey

Rode 20 winners from a handful of rides and won no races at all during the year of his one appearance at Aintree.

Grand National record : One ride 1992 Stearsby (refused 9th)

Niall P "Slippers" Madden *

Son of Niall "Boots" and won National on his first attempt. Has won 325 races in Ireland since 2003. The National, however remains one of only 14, 11 of which have come in 2016-17 as he has been riding more in the UK recently. 17 winners in 2017-18.

Major Races won : Christmas Hurdle 06 (Jazz Messenger), John Smiths Grand National 06 (Numbersixvalverde)

Grand National record : Six rides 2006 NUMBERSIXVALVERDE WON, 2007 Numbersixvalverde (6th), 2009 Southern Vic (8th), 2010 Made in Taipan (fell 5th), 2012 In Compliance (5th), 2013 Ninetieth Minute (pulled up 11th)

Adrian Maguire

Burst onto the scene with his win in the Irish Grand National on Omerta in 1991. He rode 1,026 winners and narrowly missed being champion in 1993-94 when he rode 194 winners from 916 rides (losing the title on the final day of the season to his arch rival Richard Dunwoody). Despite a career marred with more injuries than any one jockey deserved he achieved a great deal even though he missed numerous Festivals due to injury. Sadly a  final neck injury in a novice chase at Leicester forced his premature retirement in September 2002. He now trains in Ireland (he was Denmans first trainer) and saddled his first National runner (Golden Kite) in 2011.

Major Races Won : Charlie Hall Chase 93 (Barton Bank), Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup 92 (Sibton Abbey), Tingle Creek Chase 94 (Viking Flagship), Bula Hurdle 92 (Halkopous), 98 (Relkeel), Long Walk Hurdle 94 (Hebridean), Feltham Novices Chase 94 (Brownhall), King George VI Chase 93 (Barton Bank) 01 (Florida Pearl), Tote Gold Trophy 93 (King Credo), Greenalls Gold Cup 92 (Cool Ground), Imperial Cup 92 (King Credo), Midlands Grand National 00 (Ackzo), John Hughes Memorial Trophy 93 (Sirrah Jay), Maghull Novices Chase 01 (Ballinclay King), Melling Chase 95 (Viking Flagship), Scottish Champion Hurdle 93 (Staunch Friend), Scottish Grand National 98 (Baronet) 00 (Paris Pike), Whitbread Gold Cup 98 (Call It A Day

Festival Wins : Queen Mother 94 (Viking Flagship), Kim Muir 91 (Omerta)*, Triumph 94 (Mysilv), Cheltenham Gold Cup 92 (Cool Ground), Grand Annual 93 (Space Fair)

Grand National record : Five rides 1994 Moorcroft Boy (3rd), 1995 Ebony Jane (12th), 1999 Addington Boy (4th), 2000 Addington Boy (5th), 2001 Padddys Return (unseated rider 3rd)

At the second Becher meeting he suffered two heavy falls at the second last fence in both races over the National fences . He was leading on Howe Street in the John Parrett and was challenging the long time leader when he fell on the favourite Ushers Island in the Becher.

Jason Maguire 

Nephew of Adrian he rode 709 winners since coming to the UK in 2000 (ridden 42 in Ireland). He has also rode in three Velka Pardubickas. Has finished fourth in Jockeys championship four times.His best total was 144 winners twice in 2011-2012 and 2012- 2013. He last rode at Musselburgh in February 2015 suffering serious injuries which left him in an induced coma. Persistent back problems forced him to announce his retirement in May 2016. Rode 1,025 winners in the UK and 45 in Ireland.

Major Race Won : Charlie Hall Chase 13 (Harry Topper), Fighting Fifth Hurdle 10 (Peddlers Cross), 11 (Overturn), Midlands Grand National 07 (Baron Windrush), Grand National 11 (Ballabriggs)

Festival Wins : Supreme Nov H 12 (Cinders and Ashes), Mares H 08 (Whiteoak), Neptune Investment NH 02 (Galileo), 10 (Peddlers Cross), Coral Cup 12 (Son of Flicka)

Grand National record : Eleven rides 2001 No Retreat (pulled up 15th), 2002 Birkdale (10th), 2003 Tremalt (9th), 2005 Europa (20th), 2006 Lord of Illusion (pulled up 17th), 2007 Idle Talk (unseated rider 19th), 2008 Cloudy Lane (8th), 2009 Cloudy Lane (unseated rider 15th), 2010 Cloudy Lane (8th), 2011 BALLABRIGGS WON, 2012 Ballabriggs (6th), 2013 Ballabriggs (pulled up 24th)        

Ryan Mahon

93 winners between 2007-16. Retired to become a bloodstock agent. 

Major race won : Grand Sefton Chase 13 (Rebel Rebellion) 

Grand National record : Four rides 2011 The Tother One (fell 6th), 2013 Harry the Viking (pulled up 25th), 2014 Hawkes Point (18th), 2015 Rebel Rebellion (pulled up 26th) 

Pat Malone

Irish based jockey. His ride on Thinking Cap was his first ride in the UK. He only had two more.

Grand National record : One ride 1990 Thinking Cap (fell 3rd)

Tom Malone 

69 wins since 2002. Best season 2004-05 (30 winners from 203 rides). No longer riding and is now a bloodstock agent. 

Grand National record : Two rides 2005 Polar Red (13th), 2008 Milan Deux Mille (15th & last)

Ryan Mania

Rode 192 winners. Won National on his first attempt and the following day was airlifted to hospital following a fall at Hexham. Shocked the racing world when, in November 2015 at the age of 24 he announced his retirement with immediate effect stating weight problems and a lack of opportunities as the reasons for his decision.

Major race won : John Smiths Grand National 13 (Auroras Encore) 

Grand National record : Two rides 2013 AURORAS ENCORE (WON) , 2014 Mr Moonshine (15th) 

Nicky Mann

125 winners between 1989 and 1997 - best season 1990-91 (27 wins from 206 rides)

Grand National record :One ride 1992 Honeybear Mead (unseated rider 8th)

Warren Marston 

Former first jockey to Jenny Pitman during which time he had his most successful period (1994-95, 66 wins from 390 rides). Announced his retirement in April 2011 having rode 709 winners. In 1995 he had the pick of Jenny Pitmans five runners - he picked the wrong one (Garrison Savannah) and missed out on Royal Athletes victory. To add insult to injury he hit his face on the former Gold Cup winner at the twenty seventh fence and finished the race with a bloodied nose.

Major Races Won : Becher Chase 01 (Amberleigh House), Racing Post Chase 03 (La Landiere), Future Champions Chase 00 (Gingembre) 

Festival Wins : Supreme NH 96 (Indefence), RSA Chase 96 (Nahthen Lad)

Grand National record :Seven rides 1995 Garrison Savannah (9th), 1996 Lusty Light (16th), 2000 The Gopher (fell 13th), 2001 Amberleigh House (brought down 8th), 2002 Goguenard (fell 1st), 2003 Goguenard (unseated rider 19th), 2004 Ardent Scout (7th)

Mr Raymond Martin

Major race won : Aintree Foxhunters 89 (Call Collect) 

Festival Win : Christies Foxhunters Chase 90 (Call Collect)

Grand National record : One ride Call Collect (7th)

Chris Maude

Won 319 winners between 1989 and 2002. Best season 1996-97 (56 winners from 362 rides). Took over John Buckinghams jockeys valet business on retirement.

Major Races Won : Becher Chase 93 (Indian Tonic) 95 (Young Hustler), AGFA Diamond Chase 95 (Deep Bramble), Tote Gold Trophy 97 (Make A Stand), Greenalls Grand National Trial 98 (Don Samurai), John Hughes Memorial Trophy 94 (Indian Tonic)

Grand National record : Seven rides 1995 Bishops Hall (fell 1st), 1996 Young Hustler (5th), 1997 Dextra Dove (pulled up 27th), 1998 What A Hand (fell 1st), 1999 Camelot Knight (brought down 22nd), 2000 Suny Bay (13th), 2001 Exit Swinger (fell 6th)

Keith Mercer 

194 wins since 2004. Rode three times in the Velka Pardubicka. With Cerium he has the honour of riding the biggest outsider to finish in the top five. Forced to retire after suffering collar bone and wrist injuries following a fall at Kelso in March 2012 and retrained to become an accountant.

Major Race Won : Scottish Grand National 05 (Joes Edge)

Grand National record ; Three rides 2006 Haut de Gamme (fell 20th), 2008 Contraband (fell 11th), 2009 Cerium (5th)

Tom Messenger 

Ridden 136 winners since 2004. Announced his retirement at Fakenham in May 2017. Will be assistant to trainer Dan Skelton.

Grand National record : One ride  2011 Surface To Air (8th)

Donagh Meyler *

65 winners in four seasons in Ireland and 3 in the UK

Festival Win : Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys H 18 (Blow by Blow) 

Grand National record : One ride 2017  Measureofmydreams (unseated rider 15h) 

Terry Mitchell

Grand National record  :One ride 1997 Nuaffe (fell 11th)

Paul Moloney 

699 wins since 1999 with a best season 79 wins from 531 rides in 2010-11. Prior to moving to the UK rode 143 winners in Ireland. Amazing record in the big race reaching the frame in six of his last seven National and all in the same colours. Announced his retirement in April 2017 three months after suffering shoulder injuries in a fall at Sedgefield. Has returned to Ireland to set up a breeding operation.

Major Race Won : Charlie Hall Chase 08 (State of Play), 09 (Deep Purple), Peterborough Chase 09 (Deep Purple), Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup 06 (State of Play), Coral Welsh National 13 (Mountainous)

Grand National record : Twelve rides 2002 Iris Bleu (fell 5th), 2004 Royal Atalza (pulled up 29th), 2007 Graphic Approach (fell 22nd), 2008 Vodka Bleu (pulled up 19th), 2009 State of Play (4th), 2010 State of Play (3rd), 2011 State of Play (4th), 2012 Cappa Bleu (4th), 2013 Cappa Bleu (2nd), 2014 Alvarado (4th) 2015 Alvarado (4th), 2016 Buywise (12th)

Tom Molloy

Rode 54 winners in the UKand 7 in Ireland but quit the saddle during the 2012-13 season

Grand National record : One ride 2010 Ollie Magern (pulled up 29th)

Derrick Morris

Epsom based jockey who rode 121 winners between 1985 and 1997.

Major Race Won : Midlands Grand National 93 (Mister Ed)

Grand National record : Two rides 1992 Mister Ed (fell 22nd), 1994 Mister Ed (brought down 24th)

Jamie Moore *

Son of former jump jockey turned trainer Gary and brother to flat champion Ryan and fellow jump jockey Joshua. Champion Conditional in 2003-04 with 48 winners and has ridden 727 winners so far. Best year 2007-08 with 75 winners from 448 rides. Enjoyed a phenomenal season in 2013-14 on horse of the year Sire de Grugy.

Major Races Won : Silver Cup 03 (Horus), Grand Sefton Chase 09 (Dev), Tingle Creek Chase 13 (Sire de Grugy), 15 (Sire de Grugy), Welsh National 15 (Mountainous), Clarence House Chase 14 (Sire de Grugy), Ascot Chase 05 (It Takes Time), Totesport Trophy Hurdle 07 (Heathcote), 08 (Wingsman), Topham Chase 07 (Dunbrody Millar), Scottish Champion Hurdle 04 (Copeland), Scottish Grand National 14 (Al Co), Bet 365 Celebration Chase 13 (Sire de Grugy), 14 (Sire de Grugy)

Festival Winner : Queen Mother Chase 14 (Sire de Grugy) 

Grand National record : Eight rides : 2003 Royal Predica (13th), 2006 Le Duc (unseated rider 8th), 2007 Thisthatandtother (pulled up 30th), 2011 Santas Son (pulled up 27th), 2012 Deep Purple (pulled up 19th), 2013 Mumbles Head (refused 30th), 2014 Mountainous (fell 9th). 2017 Bishops Road (pulled up 30th)

Jonathan Moore* 

Ridden 33 winners in the UK and 44 in Ireland since 2011. 

Grand National record : One ride 2017 Shantou Flyer (pulled up 26th) 

Danny Mullins*

Grand National record : One ride 2019 Up for Review (brought down 1st) 

David Mullins *

Just 19 years old when he won the National at his first attempt and he came very close on his third. 143 winners in Ireland and 16 in the UK since 2013. 

Grand National record : Four rides 2016 RULE THE WORLD (WON), 2017 Shantou Flyer (pulled up 13th), 2018 Pleasant Company (2nd), 2019 Livelaughlove (11th)  

Emmett Mullins 

Irish based jockey who rode 83 winners in Ireland and 1 in the UK between 2007-15

Grand National record : One ride 2009 Chelsea Harbour (fell 4th) 

Mr Patrick Mullins *

Part of a legendary Irish racing dynasty. 500 winners in Ireland and 7 in the UK since 2006

Festival wins: NH Chase 13 (Back In Focus), 18 (Rathvinden), Champion Bumper 08 (Cousin Vinny), 12 (Champagne Fever)

Grand National Record : Three rides 2011 Dooneys Gate (fell 6th), 2016 On His Own (fell 15th), 2019 Don Poli (19th)

Declan Murphy

Rode with great success for Josh Gifford in the early nineties before suffering near fatal head injuries in a fall in a hurdle race at Haydock in 1994 (he had just had his best season with 58 winners from 372 rides). Was off the track for seventeen months before returning to riding with an emotional win on his first ride at Chepstow. Hung up his boots soon after and was one of the original presenters of the fledgling Racing Channel.

Further reading  : "CENTAUR" (Transworld Publishing) 2017

Major Races Won : Mackeson Gold Cup 93 (Bradbury Star), H & T Walker Gold Cup 92 (Deep Sensation), Bula Hurdle 91 (Royal Derbi) 93 (Staunch Friend), Tripleprint Gold Cup 93 (Fragrant Dawn), MellingChase 93 (Deep Sensation)

Festival Win : Queen Mother Champion Chase 93 (Deep Sensation)

Grand National record : Two rides 1990 Gee-A (18th), 1991 Ballyhane (11th)

Eamon Murphy

Older brother of Declan who also rode for Josh Gifford. Rode 163 winners between 1984 and 1996.

Festival Win : Mildmay of Flete  91 (Foyle Fisherman)

Grand National record : Two rides 1991 Foyle Fisherman (10th), 1992 Golden Minstrel (15th)

Timmy Murphy 

Only National winning jockey to my knowledge who spent time in prison (following an incident on a plane flying back from the Nakayama Grand Jump in Japan in 2002). Few would have thought it possible for him to resurrect a career which whilst showing immense promise had been blighted off the track by alcoholism.That he has done so helped by his retainer to leading jumps trainer David Johnson is nothing short of remarkable. 1,132 winners so far with a best season being 142 winners from 693 rides in 2004-05. Didn't ride again over jumps after dislocating his shoulder in January 2014. Announced in May 2015 that he had taken out a flat licence and had his first rides on the level at Brighton. Rode 62 winners on the level and announced his retirement after steering Happy Escape to victory at Chepstow in May 2018.

Further reading :  "RIDING THE STORM" (Timmy Murphy with Donn McClean) Highdown 2006.

Major Races Won : Charlie Hall Chase 06 (Our Vic), 11 (Weird Al), Paddy Power Gold Cup 04 (Celestial Gold), 06 (Our Vic), 11 (Great Endeavour), Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup 99 (Ever Blessed), 04 (Celestial Gold), BGC Silver Cup 07 (Vodka Bleu), Pillar Property Chase 98 (See More Business), Victor Chandler Chase 05 (Well Chief), Reynoldstown Novices Chase 04 (Our Vic), Ascot Chase 06 (Our Vic), IEider Chase 08  (Comply or Die), Imperial Cup 05 (Medailon), 08 (Ashkazar), Betfair Bowl 06 (Celestial Gold), 08 (Our Vic), Maghull Novices Chase 02 (Armaturk), Aintree Hurdle 05(Ai Eile), 07 (Ai Eile), 08 (Ai Eile), John Smiths Grand National 08 (Comply or Die), Future Champion Chase 05 (Locksmith), Scottish Champion Hurdle 10 (Overturn), Scottish Grand National 10 (Merigo) 12 (Merigo), bet365 Gold Cup 11 (Poker de Sivola)

Festival Wins : Arkle 05 (Contraband), Centenary NHC 09 (Chapoturgeon), Pertemps Final 04 (Creon), Ryanair Chase 08 (Our Vic), Mildmay of Flete 97 (Tareo), 04 (Tikram), County 99 (Sir Talbot), 05 (Fontanesi)

Grand National record : Sixteen rides : 1997 Dakyns Boy (8th), 1998 Court Melody (fell 6th), 1999 Tamrindo (fell 6th), 2000 Flaked Oats (fell 20th), 2001 Smarty (2nd), 2002 Davids Lad (fell 27th), 2003 Torduff Express (unseated rider 27th), 2004 Davids Lad (11th), 2005 It Takes Time (4th), 2006 It Takes Time (pulled up 29th), 2007 Celtic Son (pulled up 22nd), 2008 COMPLY OR DIE WON, 2009 Comply or Die (2nd), 2010 Comply or Die (12th), 2011 Comply or Die (pulled up 28th), 2012 Weird Al (fell 27th), 2013 Weird Al (pulled up 24th)


Peter Niven

Probably the greatest ever Scottish jockey who spent his career in the North of England riding with great success for Mary Reveley (a trainer famous for her dislike of the National). Rode 1,001 winners between 1986 and 2002. Best season 108 wins from 387 rides 1992-93. Rode Trevor Hemmings first National runner Rubika in 1992. Remarkably only had one other ride over the fences in the 1987 Topham.

Major Races Won : Tingle Creek Chase 93 (Sybillin), Great Yorkshire Chase 91 (Dalkey Sound), 94 (Carbisdale), Eider Chase 97 (Seven Towers), MIdlands Grand National 97 (Seven Towers), Maghull Novices Chase 96 (Ask Tom), Future Champion Chase 93 (Cab On Target)

Festival Win : RSA Chase 94 (Monsieur le Cure)

Grand National record : Six rides : 1991 Hotplate (pulled up 21st), 1992 Rubika (14th), 1994 Mr Boston (fell 13th), 1995 Superior Finish (unseated rider 10th), 1997 Avro Anson (6th), 2000 Hollybank Buck (10th)

David Noonan * 

98 winners since 2014.

Grand National record : Two rides 2017 Ballynagour (11th), 2019 Ramses de Teilee (pulled up flat) 


Philip O`Brien

Irish rider. His National ride was one of only two rides he had in the UK.

Grand National record : One ride 2002 Super Franky (unseated rider 18th)

Tom O`Brien*

Champion amateur in his first season in 2005-06 with 22 winners he then broke the record for wins as a conditonal when champion in 2006-07 with 105 winners from 556 rides. Has won 840 winners so far (1 in Ireland). Desperately unlucky in his first National when McKelvey broke down on the run-in.

Major Races Won : Becher Chase 13 (Chance du Roy), Welsh National 09 (Dream Alliance), Topham Chase 11 (Always Waning), 12 (Always Waning), Future Champion Chase 07 (Yes Sir)

Festival Win : Fred Winter NH 09 (Silk Affair)

Grand National record : Eleven rides 2007 McKelvey (2nd), 2008 McKelvey (unseated rider 20th), 2009 Zabenz (fell 16th), 2010 Dream Alliance (pulled up 24th), 2013 Always Waining (10th), 2014 Chance du Roy (6th), 2015 Chance du Roy (10th), 2016 Onenightinvienna (unseated rider 22nd), 2017 Drop Out Joe (pulled up 30th), 2018 Tenor Nivernais (pulled up 27th), 2019 Ultragold (14th)

Doc O`Connor

Another Irish based jockey who I am afraid I know little of.

Grand National record : One ride 1992 Cloney Grange (fell 22nd)

Shane O`Donovan

Irish based rider rarely seen in the UK.

Major Race Won : Greenalls Gold Cup 95 (Nuaffe)

Grand National record : One ride Nuaffe (fell rider 20th)

Conor O`Dwyer

The best Irish based jockey never to be champion in his native land. Never permanently based in the UK but he saved his best rides for the big races winning two Gold Cups and two Champion Hurdles. A great jockey who hung up his boots in 2008 and is sorely missed. He rode 45 winners in the UK and 620 in Ireland (since 1994)

Major Races Won : Victor Chandler Chase 98 (Jeffell), Midlands National 92 (Lauras Beau), Melling Chase 98 (Opera Hat), 02 (Native Upmanship), 03 (Native Upmanship

Festival Wins : Champion Hurdle 04 (Hardy Eustace), 05 (Hardy Eustace), Cheltenham Gold Cp 96 (Imperial Call), 06 (War of Attrition)

Grand National record : Eleven rides 1992 Lauras Beau (3rd) 1994 Its A Cracker (fell 6th), 1995 For William (unseated rider 27th remounted 15th), 1996 Son Of War (unseated rider 24th), 1997 Antonin (11th), 1999 Cyborgo (pulled up 19th), 2002 Wicked CRack (fell 1st), 2003 Youllneverwalkalone (pulled up after 12th), 2004 Le Coudray (fell 22nd), 2005 Le Coudray (pulled up 21st), 2006 Native Upmanship (refused 27th)

Liam O`Hara

Rode 113 winners between 1986 and 1999. Best season 24 winners from 179 rides in 1990-91.

Grand National record ; One ride 1991 Joint Sovereignty (fell 11th)

Paul O`Neill

81 winners since 2004 but after a successful start (31 winners in 2005-06) the rides did not seem to come around too often and he quit during the 2009-10 season.

Major Race Won : Peter Marsh Chase 07 (The Outllier) 

Grand National record : One ride 2007 The Outlier (unseated rider 19th) 

Dennis O`Regan*

Rode with great success for Howard Johnson winning a double at the 2008 Cheltenham Festival. 472 winners in the UK and 219 in Ireland since 2005 riding 83 winners from 534 rides in 2008-09. Amazingly half of his first eight Nationals ended at the Canal Turn. Relocated to Ireland in 2016.

Major races won : Becher Chase 08 (Black Apalachi), Eider Chase 12 (Portrait King), Betfred Grand National Trial 12 (Giles Cross)

Festival Wins : Arkle 08 (Tidal Bay), Centenary NHC 17 (Tully East), Pertemps Final 12 (Cape Tribulation), Stayers Hurdle 08 (Inglis Dreaver)

Grand National record : Eleven rides 2007 Ballycassidy (unseated rider 24th), 2008 Bewleys Berry (5th), 2009 Black Apalachi (unseated rider 22nd), 2010 Black Apalachi (2nd), 2011 King Fontaine (11th), 2012 Black Apalachi (fell 8th), 2013 Big Fella Thanks (unseated rider 8th), 2014 Our Father (unseated rider 8th), 2015 Al Co (unseated rider 1st), 2016 The Druids Nephew (pulled up 21st), 2019 A Toi Phil (12th)

Darren O`Sullivan

Rode 132 winners between 1988 and 1998. (Best season 23 winners from 200 rides in 1995-96)

Grand National record : One ride 1992 Karakter Reference (pulled up 26th)

Brian O`Connell 

201 winners in Ireland and 1 in the UK. Retired in April 2018 citing a shoulder injury sustained earlier in the season as his reason.

Festival Win :  Champion Bumper 09 (Dunguib)*

Grand National record : Three rides 2012 Tharawaat (8th), 2014 Quito de la Roque (pulled up 20th), Lord Windermere (pulled up 25th)

Conor O`Farrell  *

143 winners in the UK and 18 in Ireland since 2009. Best season so far 35 winners from 258 rides in 2011-12

Festival Win :  Pertemps Final 11 (Buena Vista)

Grand National record : Five rides 2012 Swing Bill (10th), 2013 Swing Bill (6th), 2014 Swing Bill (9th), 2016 Soll (pulled up 21st), 2017 Doctor Harper (pulled up 29th)

Jamie Osborne

Probably the best English jump jockey of the nineties. Never seen without a smile on his face (except perhaps when unseated from Space Trucker at Cheltenham in 1997 from which he suffered a badly broken wrist which effectively ended his career). He announced his retirement just before the 1999 Grand National meeting. Rode a total of 808 winners in the UK and also rode Flashing Steel to win the 1996 Irish Grand National. Became a flat trainer on retirement. Milk It Micks win in the 2003 Dewhurst Stakes has been his biggest success so far.

Major Races Won : Supreme Nov H 92 (Flown), 97 (Shadow Leader), Arkle 92 (Young Pokey), 93 (Travado), 94 (Nakir), Queen Mother 92 (Remittance Man), Stayers Hurdle 92 (Nomadic Way), 97 (Karshi), Triumph 92 (Dusty Miller), Grand Annual 91 (Aldino)

Festival wins : Supreme Nov H 92 (Flown), 97 (Shadow Leader), Arkle 92 (Young Pokey), 93 (Travado), 94 (Nakir), Queen Mother 92 (Remittance Man), Stayers Hurdle 92 (Nomadic Way), 97 (Karshi), Triumph 92 (Dusty Miller), Grand Annual 91 (Aldino)


Mr Phillipe Pailhes

French amateur who has ridden with success in Europe. Ridden twice in the UK

Grand National record : One ride 2003 Empereur River (pulled up 22nd) 

Ian Popham 

145 wins since 2007 with a best total of 24 wins from 281 rides in 2013-14. Retired at the end of the 2017-18 season and will become a jockeys agent with Harry Skelton amongst those on his books.

Major Races Won : Paddy Power Gold Cup 15 (Annacotty), Kauto Star Novices Chase 13 (Annacotty), Betbright Chase 14 (Bally Legend)

Grand National record : One ride  2013 Any Currency (17th)

Brendan Powell *

Son of Grand National winning jockey of the same name. Ridden 221 winners. Best total 41 wins from 390 rides 2013-14.

Major race won : Skybet Chase 16 (Petit Zig) 

Festival Wins : Festival Trophy HC 13 (Golden Chieftan), Centenary NHC 14 (Present View)

Grand National record : Three rides 2014 Battle Group (refused to race), 2015 Royale Knight (6th), 2018 Maggio (refused 18th)

Robbie Power *

Has ridden 430 winners in Ireland and 24 in the UK.since 2002. Just enjoyed a phenomenal season as first jockey to Alan Potts riding a treble at the 2017 Festival.

Major Race Won : Midlands Grand National 03 (Intelligent) John Smiths Grand National 07 (Silver Birch)

Festival Win : RSA Chase 11 (Bostons Angel), Coral Cup 17 (Supasundae), Cheltenham Gold Cup 16 (Sizing John), Grand Annual 17 (Rock the World)

Grand National record : Twelve rides 2005 Spot Thedifference (18th), 2007 SILVER BIRCH WON, 2008 Nadover (7th) 2009 Silver Birch (fell 22nd), 2011 Killyglen (fell 27th), 2012 Killyglen (unseated rider 8th), 2013 Joncol (pulled up 19th), 2015 Owega Star (13th), 2016 Gilgamboa (4th), 2017 Regal Encore (8th), 2018 Raz de Maree (10th), 2019 Jury Duty (unseated rider 19th)

Sean Quinlan *

Ridden 210 winners (3 in Ireland) since 2006. Best season 38 wins from 324 rides in 2016-17.

Grand National record : One ride 2012 Midnight Haze (15th)


Tim Reed

Northern based jockey who rode 248 winners between 1983 and 2001. Never hit the headlines but rode the useful chaser High Edge Grey and had a best total of 37 winners from 233 rides in 1993-94. Has since retirement set up his own farming and livery operation.

Grand National record : One ride 1991 Old Applejack (8th) 

Wilson Renwick 

Had just enjoyed his most successful season by a long way with 60 winners from 418 rides when he suffered multiple injuries in a fall at Market Rasen in May 2015. He was not able to resume his career as a jockey but has switched sports and is now a professional cyclist. Rode 278 winners in total.

Grand National Record : Four rides 2008 Backbeat (fell 2nd), 2010 Royal Rosa (unseated rider 14th), 2012 Tarquinius (8th), 2014 Kruzhlinhin (10th)

James Reveley *

Grandson of trainer Mary and son of trainer Keith he has notched up 342 winners in the UK. He has also ridden with success in France and Italy. In fact enjoying a stunning time of it in France at the moment and has won the last three runnings of their premier race, the Grand Steeplechase de Paris. Was champion jockey in 2016  with 84 winners from 381 rides and since 2009 he has won 313 races there.

Major Race Won : Grand Sefton Chase 08 (Endless Power), Blue Square Gold Cup 09 (Rambling Minister)

Grand National Record : Five rides 2009 Rambling Minister (pulled up 19th), 2011 Thats Rhythmn (fell 1st), 2012 Always Right (unseated rider 15th), 2015 Night In Milan (18th), 2016 Vieux Lion Rouge (7th)

Mr Mark Rimell 

Part of a famous racing dynasty.

Grand National record : One ride 1995 Camelot Knight (fell 21st) 

Andrew Ring

Grand National record : One ride 2019 Blow by Blow (pulled up 19th) 

Davy Russell *

Rode 126 winners in Ireland in 2007-08 but it wasn`t enough to be champion jockey which I think must be a record. Perhaps it is poetic justice that he won his first Irish Championship in 2011-12 with 104 winners and just pipped Ruby Walsh by 2 to win his second a year later. He has ridden 1,223 winners in Ireland and 114 in the UK. Was Irish champion again in 2017-18 with 119 winners and won the National at his fourteenth attempt.

Major Races Won : Bula Hurdle 04 (Back In Front), Peter Marsh Chase 03 (Truckers Tavern), Topham Chase 05 (Cregg House), Aintree Hurdle 09 (Solwhit)

Festival Wins : Festival Trophy HC 07 (Joes Edge), Neptune Investment NH 11 (First Lieutenant), 15 (Windsor Park), RSA Chase 10 (Weapon’s Amnesty), 13 (Lord Windermere), 18 (Presenting), Coral Cup 08 (Nalad de Misselot), 10 (Carlito Brigante), 16 (Diamond King), Cross Country 06 (Native Jack), 15 (Rivage D’Or), Golden Miller NC 12 (Sir des Champs), Pertemps Final 16 (Mall Dini), 17 (Presenting Percy), 18 (Delta Work), Ryanair 18 (Balco des Flos), Festival Plate 18 (The Storyteller), Triumph 14 (Tiger Roll), Albert Bartlett NH 06 (Weapon’s Amnesty), Cheltenham Gold Cup 14 (Lord Windermere), Grand Annual 08 (Tiger Cry), 14 (Savello)

Grand National record : Fifteen rides 2003 Ballinclay King (pulled up 15th), 2004 Takagi (unseated rider 15th), 2005 Arctic Copper (19th), 2006 Joes Edge (7th), 2007 Livingstonebramble (unseated rider 6th), 2008 Chelsea Harbour (9th), 2009 Hear the Echo (collapsed run-in), 2010 Cerium (11th), 2011 Becauseicouldntsee (fell 2nd), 2012 Alfa Beat (fell 7th), 2014 Lion de Bernai (pulled up 27th), 2016 Morning Assembly (8th), 2017 Saint Are (3rd), 2018 TIGER ROLL (WON), 2019 TIGER ROLL (WON)

Tom Ryan 

Irish based jockey with 84 wins there (3 in the UK) between 2001 & 2011.

Festival Win : Pertemps Final 06 (Kadou)

Grand National record : One ride 2008 Tumbling Dice (unseated rider 3rd)