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 2018/201931101€15,625€3,800€19,425
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 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
Dundalk 07/12/18 Pedisnap Hcp 1m 2f 150yds 4 9-8 74 Crowne Plaza Jockey&Trainer Awards H'cap €600
Dundalk 07/12/18 King's Field Hcp 1m 1 9-8 97 H'cap €15,625
Dundalk 07/12/18 Roger That (GB) Mdn 7f 2 9-5 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Med. Auct. M'dn €3,200
Galway 29/10/18 Shadow Seven (FR) Hcp 1m 3f 180yds 7 9-8 57 Reaneys of Galway Supporting NUIG H'cap (Div 1)
Galway 29/10/18 Delphinia Mdn 1m 73yds 1 9-0 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) M'dn €11,875
Galway 29/10/18 Best Not Argue Hcp 1m 73yds 3 9-1 79 Kone H'cap €2,000
Dundalk 26/10/18 Pedisnap Hcp 1m 2f 150yds 6 9-10 69 Dev-Oil & Skips R Us H'cap
Dundalk 26/10/18 Could It Be Love (USA) F 1m 2 9-0 104 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Cooley (F) Stks (Listed) Listed €11,000
Dundalk 26/10/18 National Guard (USA) Hcp 5f 3 9-9 79 Bar One Racing Nursery H'cap €1,250
Dundalk 26/10/18 Jupiter Road (GB) Mdn 1m 8 9-5 Old Coach Inn Median Auction M'dn
Thurles 25/10/18 Constantinople Mdn 1m 1 9-5 Horse & Jockey (C&G) M'dn €7,500
Thurles 25/10/18 Madrid Mdn 1m 1 9-5 72 Racing Again November 8th M'dn €7,500
Thurles 25/10/18 Los Alamos Hcp 2m 7 9-3 59 H'cap
Navan 24/10/18 Captainofthebounty (USA) Mdn 5f 2 9-5 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn €3,300
Navan 24/10/18 Commodus Hcp 5f 3 9-10 68 Come Racing 11th November Nursery H'cap €1,100
Navan 24/10/18 Foreign Secretary (GB) Mdn 1m 5f 2 9-5 Come Racing Again Sunday 11th Nov M'dn €2,400
Gowran Park 23/10/18 Empire State (USA) Mdn 7f 2 9-5 Join Gowran Park Racing Club (C&G) M'dn €2,400
Gowran Park 23/10/18 Royal Court Mdn 1m 6 9-5 Goresbridge (C&G) Median Auction M'dn
Gowran Park 23/10/18 Royal Navy Warship (USA) Hcp 1m 2 9-5 68 Thomastown H'cap €2,200
Naas 21/10/18 Snowflakes F 1m 9 9-0 90 Clodovil Irish EBF Garnet Stakes (Listed) Listed

*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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