Good Counsel jockeys make history at the Curragh
IN a unique occurrence four past pupils from the same local school made history by being among the jockeys riding in the same race at The Curragh recently.
The four, Donagh O’Connor, Shane Foley, Danny Sheehy and Darryl Murphy all attended Good Counsel College before embarking on their careers in racing.
Danny Sheehy only collected his Leaving Certificate results earlier in that week at the school, but has already ridden eight winners since sitting his exams in June.
Of the others Shane Foley is established as one of the leading riders in the country and has the distinction of having ridden a classic winner in the 1000 Guineas among many major successes.
Donagh O’Connor is to the forefront of the Apprentice jockeys title race and is forging a growing reputation as an extremely stylish and polished rider with a very bright future.
Darryl Murphy, like Shane and Donagh, is a graduate of R.A.C.E., the training academy for young jockeys, He has had only a handful of rides as he sets out to establish himself after bravely overcoming illness.
While none of their mounts managed to pass the post first on this occasion, there’s little doubt all of them will collect many more successes over the coming years.
Deputy Good Counsel Principal Aidan O’Brien said: ‘It cannot be very often, if indeed ever, that four riders in one race can all have attended the same school - a unique event in itself.’
Donagh O’Connor, Shane Foley, Danny Sheehy and Darryl Murphy at The Curragh.