Jonathan Burke Grand National Wins
Jonathan Burke has never won the Grand National.
Their best finish to date was in 2016 with Goonyella who came 5th.
|2023||Sam Brown||Fence 15 - Fell||-||Anthony Honeyball|
|2021||Double Shuffle||Fence 12 - Fell||-||Tom George|
|2019||Regal Encore||7||£20,000||Anthony Honeyball|
|2018||Childrens List||Fence Run In - Pulled Up||-||Willie Mullins|
|2015||Ely Brown||Fence 1 - Fell||-||Charlie Longsdon|
Jonathan Burke is one of the few jockeys that have been able to make a real name for themselves and win some big prizes on both sides of the Irish Sea. Beginning life in Ireland, he succeeded there before moving to the UK in 2017.
As an amateur jockey, Burke had his first winning ride in 2012 before turning professional in 2014 and landing his first pro win a month later. Winners on a regular basis throughout the summer enabled Burke to land a big job in Ireland, becoming the retained jockey for Ann and Alan Potts.
Just 18 at this time, they got off to a great start when Burke rode Sizing Europe to success in the Grade Two Champion Chase at Gowran Park. Two months later, Burke had his first Grade One success, and it was down to this partnership, riding Sizing John to victory in the Future Champion Novice Hurdle at the Leopardstown Christmas racing festival.
The partnership would come to an end in 2016, and that also began a year-and-a-half period where Burke really struggled with multiple injuries. At this moment, he decided a change of scenery was best, which led him to move to the UK and pick up his career there. Charlie Longsdon appointed Burke as his stable jockey, the first partnership of many he would go on to form in the UK.
However, before Burke moved over to the UK, he’d already had contact with Longsdon because he was the trainer to give Burke his first Grand National ride, and that came in 2015, during the period when he was having a lot of success for the Potts’.
Burke would ride Ely Brown in the race, but sadly, the pair, who were both making their debut in the contest, would only get as far as the very first fence. The horse made a mistake here, causing Burke to fall, and his first experience of the Grand National and those bigger obstacles was over before it had even started.
It is worth pointing out that even after leaving Ireland, Burke has been able to keep up the links he forged while riding there, and we saw an example of that in the 2018 Grand National. Despite being in the UK for a year at this point, Burke was given a Grand National ride by Willie Mullins on board Childrens List, showing the respect the jockey has from his peers.