Andrew McNamara is an Irish National Hunt jockey, from Limerick, who had his first winning ride on La Captive in a bumper at Wexford in July 2002. He turned professional at the beginning of the 2004-05 season and has raced in seven previous Grand Nationals.
His first was in 2006 on Rince Ri before the horse refused at the 27th. He followed that up in 2007 on Cloudy Bays but he also refused at the 15th. In 2008 he partnered Black Apalachi who fell at the 2nd and in 2009 he was on board Snowy Morning who finished 9th. In 2010 he rode Ballyholland but pulled up at the 28th and his last Grand National run was in 2011 on Bluesea Cracker who finished 14th.
With the absence of 2012, he was back for the 2013 Grand National and partnered Forpadydeplasterer for trainer Tom Cooper, who’s own son Bryan has now been retained as lead jockey for Gigginstown house Stud.
Unfortunately Forpadydeplasterer did not get around and was pulled-up at Foinavon on the second circuit.
In 2013, Andrew took part in an RTE documentary which followed various Irish Jockeys throughout the 2012/2013 National Hunt season ahead of the Cheltenham Festival. Known as Andy Mc in the weigh room, he featured alongside jockeys Davy Russell, Nina Carberry, Andrew Lynch and Robert ‘Puppy’ Power.
Over the years, Andrew has flourished through association with a number of trainers including Michael Hourigan and Edward O’Grady and he has enjoyed huge success at Cheltenham, the Irish Grand National, Lepordstown and Punchestown.