Riding out in the 2014 Crabbies Grand National on Vesper Bell for trainer Willie Mullins, will be a first for Irish jockey Mikey Fogarty.
Like many jockeys, he got his first taste of racing in the point-to-point field, riding his first winner during the 2006/7 season. Fogarty was kept busy and by the 2009/10 season had his first racecourse winner on the Colm Murphy-trained Voler La Vedette in a bumper at Fairyhouse.
He decided to move to England to pursue opportunities with Paul Nicholls, but it didn’t last very long and a month later he returned back to Ireland and back to Colm Murphy before finishing the season on a high note riding the most valuable winner of his career to that point on the Philip Rothwell-trained Divine Rhapsody in the Land Rover Bumper at the Punchestown Festival.
The following season he ended up with 23 winners and a 15% win rate but his form dipped a little in the next two seasons before coming back strongly in 2013-14.
To date he has 25 wins from 250 runs which is a 10% win rate, earning connections over £209K just this season and rides frequently for Colm Murphy, Paul Nolan and Elizabeth Doyle.
The season just keeps getting better for Fogarty who got his first Cheltenham Festival Win in 2014 on Don Poli in the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys Handicap Hurdle, and then followed that up with an incredible treble at Wexford Racecourse on St Patricks Day when he was victorious on Sardinia and The Mooch for Paul Nolan before roaring home on the Colm Murphy-trained Mister Hotelier all for a 243/1 treble!
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