Donnacha O'Brien

Date of Birth: July 22, 1998

County of origin: Tipperary

First winner: Quartz (Aidan O'Brien) Dundalk, September 7th, 2014

Champion Jockey: 2018

Assoc. Trainers: Aidan O'Brien, Joseph O'Brien

Significant horses: Latrobe, Saxon Warrior, Forever Together, Intricately, Order Of St George, Ten Sovereigns, Fairyland, Happily, Nelson, Magical, El Salvador, Baraweez

Follow Donnacha on Twitter: @donnacha_obrien

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A son of Aidan O'Brien, Donnacha had just turned 16 when he rode his first winner on his father's Quartz at Dundalk in September, 2014. Big race success quickly came the teenager's way and the following month he landed the Irish Cesarewitch on El Salvador at the Curragh. His first Listed win came in the Saval Beg Stakes at Leopardstown on Kingfisher in June, 2015 and his first Group success came when Order Of St George won the Group 3 Palmerstown House Estate Irish St Leger Trial Stakes at the Curragh on August 20th, 2016.

But better was to come at the same course on Longines Irish Champions Weekend the following month when Donnacha captured his first Group 1 win on Intricately, trained by his brother Joseph, in the Moyglare Stud Stakes. The filly, bred by their mother Anne Marie, was also giving Joseph his first training success at the highest level. He was crowned champion apprentice rider at the end of the 2016 season. Donnacha rode out his claim when successful on his father's San Remo in the Dundalk Stadium Handicap at Dundalk on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. 

Donnacha was 19 years old when he landed his first Classic victory when partnering Saxon Warrior, trained by Aidan O'Brien, to win the QIPCO 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket on May 5, 2018. Early the following month, he won the Epsom Oaks on Forever Together, trained by his father, and just weeks later won the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh when Latrobe prevailed in a thrilling renewal. Donnacha's brother Joseph trained Latrobe which beat horses trained by Aidan O'Brien into second, third, fourth and fifth places. 

Donnacha reached yet another milestone when he rode 100 winners in a season for the first time at Dundalk on September 28, 2018. At the end of the 2018 season, Donnacha was crowned champion jockey for the first time with 111 winners. 

SeasonRuns1st2nd3rd4thWin MoneyPlace MoneyTotal *
Winter All Weather 2018/2019151543€15,625€25,575€41,200
Winter All Weather 2017/2018237141€68,125€17,375€85,500
Winter All Weather 2016/2017527577€44,375€24,550€68,925
Winter All Weather 2015/2016448748€50,400€20,885€71,285
Winter All Weather 2014/2015487465€42,350€13,890€56,240
Flat 201983239128€358,856€88,275€447,131
Flat 2018416111786632€2,316,725€1,085,090€3,401,815
Flat 201728862392833€1,093,750€536,513€1,630,263
Flat 201628948504140€657,338€440,860€1,098,198
Flat 201517214271515€230,500€122,140€352,640
Flat 2014467253€99,850€14,420€114,270

Date From
Date To
Race Type
Venue Date Horse Race Type Distance Place Weight Rating Race Pattern/ Listed Prize Money
Curragh 24/05/19 Dramatise Hcp 1m 17 10-1 81 Curragh Grand Opening H'cap
Curragh 24/05/19 Buckhurst F 1m 2f 2 9-3 Kerrygold Gallinule Stakes (Group 3) Group 3
Curragh 24/05/19 Royal Court Mdn 6f 6 9-5 77 K Club M'dn
Curragh 24/05/19 Equitant (GB) Hcp 7f 12 9-2 95 TRM Excellence In Equine Nutrition H'cap
Curragh 24/05/19 King Neptune (USA) F 6f 2 9-3 Irish Stallion FarmsEBF Marble Hill Stks (Listed) Listed
Curragh 24/05/19 Tango Mdn 6f 2 9-0 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) M'dn
Naas 19/05/19 King's Field F 7f 3 9-11 104 Owenstown Stud Stakes (Listed) Listed €4,750
Naas 19/05/19 The Irish Rover F 6f 9 9-3 103 Goffs Lacken Stakes (Group 3) Group 3
Naas 19/05/19 Cosmic Horizon Hcp 7f 7 9-10 93 Royal Ascot Trials At Naas H'cap
Naas 19/05/19 Perfect Tapatino (FR) Hcp 1m 8 9-10 86 Thank You Tom Ryan H'cap
Navan 18/05/19 Linger Hcp 1m 5f 2 9-11 62 Troytown Bar H'cap €2,100
Navan 18/05/19 Western Australia F 1m 5f 1 9-3 107 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Yeats Stakes (Listed) Listed €45,000
Navan 18/05/19 Barbados Mdn 1m 2f 1 9-5 89 Follow Navan On Twitter M'dn €7,813
Navan 18/05/19 Empire State (USA) Hcp 5f 3 9-10 84 Ladies Day At Navan 1st June H'cap €1,250
Navan 18/05/19 Cobb And Co Mdn 5f 164yds 6 9-5 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Med Auct. M'dn
Navan 18/05/19 Royal Court Mdn 5f 2 9-5 77 M'dn €2,500
Leopardstown 17/05/19 War Leader (USA) Mdn 7f 6 9-5 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn
Leopardstown 17/05/19 Capri F 1m 6f 3 9-5 117 Saval Beg Levmoss Stks (Listed) Listed €5,000
Leopardstown 12/05/19 Royal Court Mdn 6f 2 9-5 77 Walsh Associates Architects M'dn €2,700
Leopardstown 12/05/19 King's Vow (FR) Hcp 1m 4f 1 10-0 79 Mortons Coaches H'cap €7,188

*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).

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