Davy Condon at the winner's presentation after his victory in the 2009 WBX Fighting Fifth Hurdle atop Go Native.
|Go Native, Pandorama, Hollo Ladies, Noble Alan, Monet’s Garden, Emma Jane, Sunshine Guest, Jumbajukiba, Ebaziyan, Homer Wells, Holy Orders, Definite Best|
Davy Condon is an Irish National hunt racing jockey in Great Britain and Ireland. Condon’s father, Michael Condon, was an amateur jockey. His father rode for Jimmy Murphy and Charles Byrnes, but a fall that left him in a coma cut his career short with just one win to his credit. His grandfather, Gerry Townend, was also a notable amateur jockey.
After graduating from the pony racing circuit, Condon was discovered by horse trainer, Willie Mullins. At the age of 16, Condon made his first appearance as a jockey at Tipperary on May 25, 2001. That August, Condon got his first victory, winning atop Slaney Boy in a handicap race at Tramore. Just one day later, Condon found himself in the winner’s circle once again at Tramore, winning another handicap race with Knockatotaun. One month later, Condon was part of a winning double at Gowran Park. Later in the season, Condon won again, this time while riding Flying Boat to a win at Cork. The win at Cork gave Condon five in his inaugural campaign. In 2002, Condon won a total of 27 races. He finished second to Tadhg O’Shea in the race for the Champion Apprentice title, winning four less races, but taking 161 less rides than O'Shea during the season.
In 2003, Condon won 22 flat races, many of those coming while riding Holy Orders. He also won on Definite Best in the Irish Cambridgeshire at Curragh. Condon followed 2003 with similar success in 2004, winning a total of 21 flat races. Like the previous season, much of his success in 2004 was atop Holy Orders. However, after riding Holy Orders to a fourth place finish at Musselburgh late in the year, Condon began to look at the prospects of switching to National hunt racing. However, his first season on the National hunt circuit was unsuccessful, as he won just nine races.
It was not until the 2006/07 racing season that Condon began to make an impact in National hunt racing. Under the tutelage of Willie Mullins, Condon made his presence known by accumulating 26 victories. Condon rode Homer Wells to significant wins in the Thyestes Chase at Gowran Park and the Bobbyjo Chase at Fairyhouse. However, perhaps Condon’s most notable win in the 2006/07 season came when he rode Ebaziyan, a 40-1 underdog, to a win in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle. Condon matched his 2006/07 success with 26 more wins in 2007/08, capped with a win in the Pat Taaffe Handicap Chase at the Punchestown Festival atop Emma James.
In 2008, Condon became the stable jockey for Nicky Richards. During the season, he went on to win 24 races, including wins in the Peterborough Chase on Monet’s Garden and the Scottish Champion Hurdle on Noble Alan. In 2009, Condon decided to leave Richards in favor of returning to Ireland, teaming up with Noel Meade. He has since taken over for the suspended Paul Carberry and found great success in the process, winning a total of five Grade 1 races, including the Drinmore Novice Chase and Knight Frank Novice Chase with Pandorama, the Future Champions Novice Hurdle on Hollo Ladies, and the Fighting Fifth Hurdle and Christmas Hurdle on Go Native.
- Knight Frank Novice Chase – Pandorama (2009)
- Future Champions Novice Hurdle – Hollo Ladies (2009)
- Drinmore Novice Chase – Pandorama (2009)
- Supreme Novices' Hurdle – Ebaziyan (2007)
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Davy Condon Profile, goracing.ie, accessed 24 January 2010.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Jockey David is riding on the crest of a wave, archives.tcm.ie, 3 March 2003, accessed 24 January 2010.
- ↑ Condon takes double at Gowran Park, rte.ie, 20 September 2001, accessed 24 January 2010.
- ↑ Record crowds at Thyestes Chase, kilkennypeople.ie, 31 January 2007, accessed 24 January 2010.
- ↑ Today's racing at Fairyhouse reviewed, rte.ie, 24 February 2007, accessed 24 January 2010.
- ↑ Supreme Novices' Hurdle: Ebaziyan's 40-1 shock, dailymail.co.uk, 13 March 2007, accessed 24 January 2010.
- ↑ Davy Condon to be first jockey to Nicky Richards, telegraph.co.uk, 21 May 2008, accessed 24 January 2010.
- ↑ Condon set for return to Ireland, rte.ie, 10 May 2009, accessed 24 January 2010.
- ↑ Condon and Richards split after less than a year, 10 May 2009, accessed 24 January 2010.
- ↑ Lexus Chase rescued from fog of confusion, timesonline.co.uk, 29 December 2009, accessed 24 January 2010.
- ↑ Davy Condon: Big-Race Wins, racingpost.com, accessed 24 January 2010.