Joseph O'Brien

Date of Birth:  23/05/1993
County of origin:    Tipperary
First winner:  Johann Zoffany (Aidan O'Brien) Leopardstown, May 28th, 2009
Final winner:  Crocodile Rock (Aidan O'Brien), Gowran Park, October 20th, 2015

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Eldest son of champion trainer Aidan, Joseph O'Brien began riding in 2009 and the following year shared the Champion Apprentice title with Gary Carroll and Ben Curtis. In 2011, he was still just 17 years of age when riding his first Classic winner on Roderic O'Connor in the Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh. He won the Champion Apprentice title that season and rounded off the year by becoming the youngest jockey, at 18, to win a Breeders' Cup race when successful on St Nicholas Abbey in the Breeders' Cup Turf.

He was Champion Jockey in 2012 and easily retained his title in 2013 when he set a new record of 126 winners in a season, comfortably eclipsing Michael Kinane's 20-year-old record of 115 winners. In October, 2015, O’Brien announced that he would begin to train point-to-pointers and he rode what would prove to be his final winner at Gowran Park later in the same month. He took over the running of the family’s training establishment at Piltown, County Kilkenny, and was widely credited with the success of a number of horses, including the 2016 Triumph Hurdle winner Ivanovich Gorbatov, although his father was the official trainer. In the days before Ivanovich Gorbatov’s Cheltenham success, O’Brien had announced his retirement from riding.

In all, he had ridden 518 winners. He enjoyed 30 Group/Grade 1 winners and 10 Classic victories. Aidan and Joseph O’Brien had become the first father and son partnership to win the Epsom Derby with Camelot in 2012 and they repeated the feat just two years later when Australia won the biggest race in the Flat calendar. Joseph also rode both horses to win the Irish Derby at the Curragh. His final Classic success came on Order Of St George in the Irish St Leger in 2015. O’Brien completed the Turf Club’s Pre-Racehorse Trainers Development Course in late May, 2016 and was granted his trainer's licence on Friday, June 3rd, 2016. Joseph returned to the saddle to win the Clipper Logistics Leger Legends Classified Stakes on the George Scott-trained Phosphorescence at Doncaster on September 7th, 2016. 

SeasonRuns1st2nd3rd4thWin MoneyPlace MoneyTotal *
Winter All Weather 2014/2015244223€24,963€6,225€31,188
Winter All Weather 2013/20146015456€83,300€12,250€95,550
Winter All Weather 2012/2013403752€18,200€13,649€31,849
Winter All Weather 2011/2012437572€48,300€12,715€61,015
National Hunt 2015/201620010€0€1,440€1,440
National Hunt 2014/201530000€0€0€0
Flat 201520449342215€1,305,875€517,105€1,822,980
Flat 201436183563939€2,480,288€893,365€3,373,653
Flat 2013448126736338€2,253,250€753,023€3,006,273
Flat 201240887504342€2,290,490€434,944€2,725,434
Flat 201133557353235€1,036,570€368,231€1,404,801
Flat 201029539352842€429,040€312,908€741,948
Flat 20091608121915€74,500€180,580€255,080

Date From
Date To
Race Type
Venue Date Horse Race Type Distance Place Weight Rating Race Prize Money
Leopardstown 25/10/15 The Happy Prince F 7f 3 9-5 108 Bet Online At Knockaire Stks (Listed) €4,700
Leopardstown 25/10/15 Bravery Mdn 7f 2 9-5 Quickpick Now Available EBF (C&G) M'dn €2,805
Leopardstown 25/10/15 Landofhopeandglory F 1m 1f 2 9-3 97 Best Odds Guaranteed Eyrefield Stakes (Listed) €9,400
Dundalk 23/10/15 Eisenhower (USA) F 5f 9 9-13 97 Mercury Stakes (Listed)
Navan 21/10/15 Gran Paradiso Mdn 1m 5f 2 9-5 Come Racing Again Sunday 8th Nov M'dn €1,870
Gowran-Park 20/10/15 Crocodile Rock Mdn 1m 1f 110yds 1 9-5 Racing Again November 21st M'dn €7,700
Gowran-Park 20/10/15 Kellstorm Mdn 1m 7 9-5 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn
Naas 18/10/15 Schubert (USA) Mdn 6f 4 9-5 Tifrums EBF (C&G) M'dn €775
Cork 17/10/15 Successor Mdn 7f 5 9-5 Coolmore Most Improved M'dn
Cork 17/10/15 Akira F 1m 100yds 2 9-3 98 Navigation Stakes (Listed) €9,000
Curragh 13/10/15 Idaho Mdn 1m 1 9-6 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn €11,550
Curragh 13/10/15 Willie The Warrior Hcp 1m 4f 20 9-11 62 Flat Begins March 20th At Curragh H'cap
Limerick 10/10/15 A Year To Remember Mdn 7f 50yds 1 9-5 McMahon's Supporting Community Games Mdn €7,700
Dundalk 09/10/15 Loved Hcp 1m 4f 11 9-4 82 Christmas Party Nights At Dundalk H'cap
Dundalk 09/10/15 Hit It A Bomb (USA) F 7f 1 9-3 Ir. Stallion Farms EBF Star Appeal Stks (Listed) €33,550
Navan 07/10/15 Cook Islands Mdn 1m 1 9-5 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (C&G) M'dn €10,850
Navan 07/10/15 Prospector (USA) Mdn 1m 2f 1 9-5 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn €9,450
Navan 07/10/15 Giant Redwood Mdn 2m 1 9-5 Active Retirement Day 21st October M'dn €7,700
Navan 07/10/15 Talented Kid (GB) Hcp 1m 2f 10 9-6 72 Meath H'cap
Dundalk 02/10/15 Tooreen Legend Hcp 1m 2f 150yds 2 9-12 92 Christmas Party Nights At Dundalk H'cap €4,800

*Statistics are up to close of business the previous day. Prize-money is allocated within 1 week of the race date (allow 1 week for Prize-money).