Mark Walsh

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Born on March 23, 1986, Mark Walsh has developed into a big name on the Irish racing circuit, with most of his success coming thanks to his partnership with owner JP McManus. He’s developed into a jockey capable of winning a big race and has had plenty of success on both sides of the Irish Sea.

He began his career as a jockey back in 2002, and after just seven weeks in the saddle, he was able to get his first win on the board. This came aboard a horse called Shrug in a handicap hurdle at Punchestown.

He’s yet to win the Grand National but is edging closer, placing in both 2021 and 2022 on Any Second Now, with the most recent of those being a second-placed finish.

Mark Walsh Grand National Wins

Mark Walsh has never won the Grand National.

Their best finish to date was in 2022 with Any Second Now who came 2nd.

Full Results

Year Horse Result Prize Money Trainer
2024 Limerick Lace 10 £1,000 Gavin Cromwell
2023 Any Second Now Fence 18 - Pulled Up - Ted Walsh
2022 Any Second Now 2 £211,100 Ted Walsh
2021 Any Second Now 3 £100,000 Ted Walsh
2019 Anibale Fly 5 £40,000 Tony Martin
2018 Carlingford Lough Fence Run In - Pulled Up - John Kiely
2016 Gallant Oscar Fence 18 - Unseated Rider - Tony Martin
2014 Colbert Station Fence 25 - Pulled Up - Ted Walsh
2013 Lost Glory Fence 17 - Pulled Up - Jonjo O’Neill
2012 Arbor Supreme Fence 10 - Unseated Rider - Jonjo O’Neill
2011 Quolibet Fence 11 - Unseated Rider - Jonjo O’Neill
2009 Reveillez Fence 3 - Brought Down - Jonjo O’Neill

JP McManus Partnership

Mark Walsh 2023The career of Mark Walsh took a huge upturn when he was announced as a retained jockey for JP McManus. At the start of his time with McManus, AP McCoy was still riding and taking the number one rides for his retainer. So, at the bigger meetings, Walsh often found himself on the second or third-string runners.

However, in Ireland, when McCoy wasn’t across for a big meeting, Walsh would be able to ride the number one horses for the McManus team, and that led him to plenty of winners. Given the love of the Grand National that McManus has and the fact he always has multiple runners in the race, Walsh was handed many decent rides in the race but has so far failed to fire.

The biggest moments of his career so far have been around horses owned by JP McManus. Winning on horses such as Jezki, Champ, Unowhatimeanharry, Fakir D’oudairies and Espoir d’Allen have been highlights of Walsh’s career so far, all horses provided to him by the McManus connection.