Martin Harley

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Martin Harley
Occupation Jockey
Born (1989-07-19) 19 July 1989 (age 31)
Donegal, Ireland
Major racing wins
Major races
King's Stand Stakes (2015)
Irish 1,000 Guineas (2012)
Prix de l'Abbaye (2015)
Prix Royal Oak (2013)
Significant horses
Goldream, Samitar, Sheikhzayedroad, Tac De Boistron

Martin Harley (born 19 July 1989 in Donegal, Ireland) is a Group 1 winning Irish jockey.



Harley had spells as stable jockey for Mick Channon and Marco Botti, before turning freelance. His first Group 1 victory was for Channon on Samitar in the Irish 1,000 Guineas in May 2012. For Botti, he won the Prix Royal Oak the following year on Tac De Boistron, which helped him to a yearly prize money total of over £1 million for the first time.

His breakthrough triumph was the 2015 King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot, on the Robert Cowell-trained Goldream. He won by a short head. He won the Prix de l'Abbaye with another narrow victory on the same horse later in the season. [1]

In March 2014, in a minor race at Lingfield, he clipped the heels of a rival on Red Art, and was catapulted into the ground, at almost 40 mph. He suffered a broken neck and several broken ribs in an injury that was considered potentially career-ending. [1]

In 2016, he built a successful partnership with stayer Sheikhzayedroad, winning three group races, including the Doncaster Cup and British Champions Long Distance Cup.


Flat wins in Great Britain by year [2]

YearWinsRunsStrike RateTotal Earnings
2017 [lower-alpha 1] 5749212£835,623

Major wins

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  1. 1 2 "Stars: Jockeys - Martin Harley". QIPCO British Champions Series. Retrieved 25 October 2017.
  2. "Profile: Jockey - Martin Harley - Stats". Racing Post. Retrieved 25 October 2017.