Donnacha O'Brien

Date of Birth:  July 22nd, 1998
County of origin:   Tipperary
First winner:  Quartz (Aidan O'Brien) Dundalk, September 7th, 2014
Assoc. Trainers:  Aidan O'Brien, Joseph O'Brien
Significant horses: Latrobe, Saxon Warrior, Intricately, Order Of St George, 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 12th, 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. At the end of the following month, he won his first Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh when Latrobe prevailed in a thrilling renewal. Donnacha's brother Joseph trained the winner which beat horses trained by Aidan O'Brien into second, third, fourth and fifth places. 

SeasonRuns1st2nd3rd4thWin MoneyPlace MoneyTotal *
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 201833893605628€2,099,850€952,325€3,052,175
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
Galway 18/09/18 Cascabel (GB) Mdn 1m 4f 49yds 1 9-0 Sean Cleary Memorial (Fillies) M'dn
Galway 18/09/18 Dynabee (USA) F 1m 4f 49yds 6 9-0 99 Ardilaun Hotel Oyster Stakes (Listed) Listed
Galway 18/09/18 Escamillo (GB) F 1m 127yds 11 9-5 85 Donnellys Of Barna Rated Race
Galway 18/09/18 Dream Point Hcp 1m 127yds 4 9-1 66 James P. Cunningham Electrical H'cap
Galway 18/09/18 Sovereign Mdn 1m 127yds 1 9-5 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn
Galway 18/09/18 Syrena Mdn 7f 28yds 3 9-0 81 Ir.Stallion Farms EBF Med.Auct. (F) M'dn
Curragh 16/09/18 Downdraft Hcp 1m 2f 7 9-2 94 Ir. Stal. Farms EBF 'Northfields' H'cap
Curragh 16/09/18 Different League (FR) F 5f 6 9-0 102 Derrinstown Stud Flying Five Stakes (Group 1) Group 1 €7,000
Curragh 16/09/18 Land Force F 7f 5 9-3 109 Goffs Vincent O'Brien National Stakes (Group 1) Group 1 €10,500
Curragh 16/09/18 Larmour F 6f 63yds 15 9-3 Tattersalls Ire. Super Auction Sale Stks
Curragh 16/09/18 Just Wonderful (USA) F 7f 7 9-0 107 Moyglare Stud Stakes (Group 1) Group 1 €3,500
Curragh 16/09/18 Latrobe F 1m 6f 2 9-1 114 Comer Group International Irish St Leger Group 1 €100,000
Curragh 16/09/18 Clear Skies (GB) F 1m 2f 8 9-5 100 Moyglare "Jewels" Blandford Stakes (Group 2) Group 2
Leopardstown 15/09/18 Happily F 1m 5 9-0 110 Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron Stakes (Group 1) Group 1 €10,500
Leopardstown 15/09/18 Rostropovich F 1m 4f 1 9-1 113 Paddy's Rewards Club Stakes (Group 3) Group 3 €60,000
Leopardstown 15/09/18 Prepare For Battle (USA) F 1m 5 9-3 Clipper Logistics Boomerang Stakes (Group 2) Group 2 €6,000
Leopardstown 15/09/18 Saracen Knight Hcp 1m 4f 180yds 6 9-2 92 Irish Stallion Farms EBF 'Petingo' H'cap €3,000
Leopardstown 15/09/18 Rhododendron F 1m 2f 6 9-4 117 QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes (Group 1) Group 1 €25,000
Leopardstown 15/09/18 Iridessa F 7f 3 9-0 Ballylinch Stud Irish EBF Ingabelle Stks (Listed) Listed €10,000
Leopardstown 15/09/18 Broome F 1m 2 9-3 KPMG Champions Juvenile Stks (Group 2) Group 2 €30,000

*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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