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 201921148353019€670,194€505,803€1,175,996
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
Leopardstown 18/07/19 Mohawk F 1m 1f 1 9-5 109 Meld Stakes (Group 3) Group 3
Leopardstown 18/07/19 Santiago Mdn 7f 2 9-5 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Med. Auct. M'dn
Killarney 17/07/19 Arthur's Kingdom Mdn 1m 30yds 2 9-5 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn €3,000
Killarney 17/07/19 Turnberry Isle F 1m 30yds 1 9-5 89 Sauternes Cup Rated Race €10,800
Killarney 17/07/19 Millswyn Hcp 1m 3f 40yds 3 9-10 85 The Rentokil Initial H'cap €1,300
Killarney 17/07/19 Wisdom Mind F 1m 30yds 10 9-9 98 Ir.Stallion Farms EBF Cairn Rouge Stakes (Listed) Listed
Killarney 17/07/19 Coolbawn Magic Hcp 1m 30yds 10 9-10 61 Grand Hotel Killarney H'cap
Killarney 16/07/19 Dunkirk Harbour (USA) F 1m 25yds 1 9-4 99 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Race €12,000
Killarney 16/07/19 Rehoboth Beach (USA) Hcp 1m 25yds 4 9-13 71 Flesk H'cap €575
Killarney 15/07/19 Flicker Flame Hcp 1m 3f 35yds 7 9-8 86 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) H'cap
Killarney 15/07/19 Irradiate Mdn 1m 3f 35yds 8 9-2 Seamus Mulvaney Bookmakers (Fillies) Mdn
Fairyhouse 14/07/19 Whitsunday Islands (FR) Hcp 1m 4f 3 9-1 64 Making Dreams Come True H'cap €1,300
Fairyhouse 14/07/19 Fairy Fort (USA) Mdn 7f 5 9-5 70 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn €435
Fairyhouse 14/07/19 So Wonderful (USA) Mdn 6f 3 9-0 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) M'dn €1,500
Fairyhouse 14/07/19 Fire Fly F 7f 6 9-0 101 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Brownstown Stks (Group 3) Group 3 €1,500
Navan 13/07/19 Captainofthebounty (USA) Mdn 5f 164yds 7 9-5 78 Lynn Lodge Stud M'dn
Navan 13/07/19 Alligator Alley (GB) Mdn 5f 1 9-5 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn €9,900
Navan 13/07/19 Jack Yeats F 1m 2f 3 9-8 91 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Race €2,000
Navan 13/07/19 Red Sole Diva Hcp 1m 2f 5 9-6 64 Come Racing September 7th H'cap (Div 1) €300
Navan 13/07/19 Little Clarinet Hcp 5f 2 9-10 67 Cross Guns Gastro Pub H'cap €2,300

*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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