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Who is Tadhg O’Shea as jockey wins Dubai World Cup 2024, bio, age, family, wife and children

Here is all you need to know about age 42 Tadhg O’Shea, the Dubai World Cup winning jockey 

On Saturday at Meydan Racecourse, the Irishman won the maiden race of his career by winning the $12 million Group 1 prize aboard the Bhupat Seemar-trained Laurel River.

As Laurel River stormed to a decisive victory, record 11-time UAE Champion Jockey produced an incredible ride. He accomplished a Group 1 double by steering another Seemar-trained runner, Tuz, win the Dubai Golden Shaheen.

Who is Tadhg O’Shea as jockey wins Dubai World Cup 2024, bio, age, family, wife, children

Meanwhile, the 40-year-old paid tribute to his late mother, Ann, after winning the Dubai World Cup, calling it his “biggest career win.”

Who is Tadhg O’Shea?

Tadhg O’Shea is a professional jockey from Ireland who has more than 20 years of experience in riding.

A look at Tadhg O’Shea’s career

Tadhg is the retained rider for Emirati owner-breeder Khalid Khalifa Al Naboodah, whose Purebred Arabians are trained by Ernst Oertel, and the stable jockey for Seemar at Zabeel Stables.

O’Shea would go on to become a historical figure after winning eleven jockey championships.

With his winning combination of Laurel River, he capped off an amazing journey on Saturday by winning the Dubai World Cup by eight lengths; the largest margin in the race’s 29-year history.

O’Shea’s victory in the Dubai World Cup on Saturday was the cherry on the cake for an already remarkable career. Having recorded 779 victories to date, he stands alone as the most successful jockey in the UAE all time. This season, he has become the UAE champion jockey-elect for a record-tying 12 times.

Having competed in the major race twice, O’Shea rode Remorse to sixth place in 2022 and ninth place the following year.

After the first furlong, O’Shea established Laurel River in front with a strong break from the widest draw of 12 runners. Turning for home, he was ten lengths ahead of the pursuing pack and ultimately finished eight and a half lengths ahead of both the $20 million Saudi Cup winner Senor Buscador and the victor of last year’s Ushba Tesoro.

His target is this Thursday and Friday, when there will be the final two local meetings in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain.

Tadhg O’Shea’s wife and kids

42 year old Tadhg O’Shea is married to Debbie and the two has welcomed two beautiful kids together, boys, Darragh (11) and Aaron (8)


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