Luke Dempsey

Luke Dempsey 2022

Luke Dempsey Grand National Wins

Luke Dempsey has never won the Grand National.

Their best finish to date was in 2019 with Folsom Blue who came 17th.

Full Results

Year Horse Result Prize Money Trainer
2023 Darasso Fence 2 - Unseated Rider - Joseph Patrick O’Brien
2022 Anibale Fly Fence 3 - Brought Down - Tony Martin
2021 The Long Mile Fence 23 - Pulled Up - J P Dempsey
2019 Folsom Blue 17 - Gordon Elliott

A flat jockey initially, Luke Dempsey quickly found himself a little too heavy for flat racing and made the switch to the national hunt scene early in his career. He’s built up a nice name for himself, predominantly riding in Ireland but heading over to the UK for the big meetings when needed to ride Irish runners.

Born on July 11th, 1996, Luke is the son of trainer Philip Dempsey and was brought up around horses from a very young age. At just 16, he won his first race under rules, a flat handicap at Navan. He rode 18 flat winners before moving codes and had already impressed some with his ability on a horse.

Since then, his career has progressed well, riding for many different trainers, including the likes of Gordon Elliott. In 2019, Dempsey rode the biggest winner of his career to date, and it was on a horse trained by Elliott, Borice. The pair won the Galway Plate, one of the biggest national hunt races in Ireland, a big moment in Dempsey’s career.

Earlier in his career, Dempsey rode his first Cheltenham Festival winner in 2015, a horse trained by Willie Mullins. He rode Killultagh Vic to success in the Martin Pipe handicap hurdle, showcasing his talents to an even wider audience and showing he could handle the pressure of a big stage.

In terms of the Grand National, Dempsey has had little success in the race to date. He had his first Grand National ride in 2019, taking the mount on Folsom Blue, who was trained by Gordon Elliott at the time. The pair did manage to get around, which is an achievement in itself, but could only finish 17th in the end, but that will no doubt prove to be a great experience for Dempsey to learn from in the future.