Joseph O'Brien

County Of Origin: Tipperary

Date of licence: June 3rd, 2016

First winner: Justice Frederick (Donnacha O'Brien) Gowran Park, June 7th, 2016

Significant horses (selected): Rekindling, Latrobe, Intricately, Iridessa, Edwulf, Tower Bridge, Tigris River, Plinth, True Blue Moon, Slowmotion, Edwulf, Landofhopeandglory, Arya Tara

Assoc. jockeys: Donnacha O'Brien, Sarah O'Brien, Jody McGarvey, Barry Geraghty, Mark Walsh, JJ Slevin, Sean Corby, Derek O'Connor

Did you know:

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 Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board’s Pre-Racehorse Trainers Development Course in late May, 2016 and was granted his trainer's licence on Friday, June 3rd, 2016. 

He had his first runners on Bank Holiday Monday, June 6th and made an explosive start to his new career with four winners on his first day with a licence. He was on the mark with is first runner, Justice Frederick, who was ridden by his brother Donnacha, in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden and the 6/4 chance got the better of his father Aidan’s 6/5 favourite Leo Minor to win. Donnacha was also on board Zig Zag who won the Gowran Park Club Handicap later in the day and for good measure, Joseph’s sister, Sarah, rode Oathkeeper to win the Dr Louis O’Carroll INH Flat Race at Listowel. In between those winners, Mai Fitzs Jack and Brian O’Connell landed a maiden hurdle at the Kerry venue. Joseph’s first winners came just a day short of the 23rd anniversary of his father’s first winner, Wandering Thoughts, at Tralee on June 7th, 1993.

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 and just four days later landed his first Group 1 success as a trainer when Intricately, bred by his mother Annmarie and ridden by his brother Donnacha, won the Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh on Longines Irish Champions Weekend. It was also a first Group 1 success in the saddle for 18-year-old Donnacha. Joseph enjoyed his first winner as a trainer in Britain when the Jimmy Quinn-ridden Lynn's Memory won at Bath on June 17th, 2017. He reached 100 winners in a calendar year for the first time when Detailed, ridden by Wayne Lordan, won the Listed Martin Molony Stakes at Limerick on Saturday, October 7th, 2017. 

At just 24 years of age, Joseph became the youngest winning trainer of the Emirates Melbourne Cup when his Rekindling beat the Aidan O'Brien-trained Johannes Vermeer and Willie Mullins' Max Dynamite in Australia's greatest race on November 7th, 2017. Rekindling was the third Irish-trained winner of the race after Dermot Weld's Vintage Crop in 1993 (the year Joseph O'Brien was born) and Media Puzzle in 2002 and was the first three-year-old to win since 1941. The occasion was hailed as one of the greatest days in Irish racing history. 

He won the Guinness Galway Hurdle with the Barry Geraghty-ridden Tigris River on august 3, 2017 and just a few months later Joseph gained his first Grade 1 wins in the National Hunt sphere at the inaugural Dublin Racing Festival at Leopardstown in early February, 2018. He won the Nathaniel Lacy & Partners Solicitors Novice Hurdle with the JJ Slevin-ridden 25/1 chance Tower Bridge, a maiden over hurdles going into the race, on the opening day of the Festival and followed up when 33/1 Edwulf, ridden by leading amateur rider Derek O'Connor, won the Unibet Irish Gold Cup on the second day. 

Joseph enjoyed his biggest home success as a trainer when Latrobe, carrying the same colours of Melbourne Cup hero Rekindling, won the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh on Saturday, June 30, 2018. The winner was ridden by his then 19-year-old brother Donnacha. Joseph won the race on two occasions as a jockey, on Camelot in 2012 and on Australia two years later. Joseph enjoyed his first Group 1 success in Britain when Iridessa, ridden by Wayne Lordan, won the bet365 Fillies' Mile at Newmarket on October 12, 2018. 

Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby (Group 1) (Latrobe - D. O'Brien - 2018)

Moyglare Stud Stakes (Group 1) (Intricately - D. O'Brien - 2016)

Guinness Galway H'dle H'cap (Grade A) (Tigris River - B.J. Geraghty - 2017)

Unibet Irish Gold Cup (Grade 1) (Edwulf (GB) - D. O'Connor - 2018)

Comer Group International Curragh Cup (Rekindling (GB) - W.M. Lordan - 2017)

Lacy & Partners Solicitors Novice H'dle (Grade 1) (Tower Bridge - J.J. Slevin - 2018)

Coolmore War Command Rochestown Stks (Listed) (True Blue Moon - D. O'Brien - 2017)

Kevin McManus Bookmaker Grimes H'dle (Grade 3) (Plinth - J.S. McGarvey - 2017)

iCopy Irish EBF Star Appeal Stks (Listed) (No Needs Never - J.A. Heffernan - 2018)

Qatar Racing Phoenix Sprint Stakes (Group 3) (Speak In Colours (GB) - D. O'Brien - 2018)

P.W.McGrath Memorial Ballysax Stakes (Group 3) (Rekindling (GB) - W.M. Lordan - 2017)

Liam Healy Memorial Lartigue H'dle(Hcap) (Grade B) (Gold Seal - E.T. Daly - 2018)

EBF Stanerra Stakes (Listed) (Arya Tara - Anastasia O'Brien - 2016)

Ardilaun Hotel Oyster Stakes (Listed) (Baby Pink - N.G. McCullagh - 2018)

Lyndsey & Eleanor Comer Trust H'cap (Band Of Outlaws - W.M. Lordan - 2018)

Royal County H'cap (Downdraft - S. Foley - 2018)

Woodlands Nas Na Riogh Novice H'cap S'ch (Grade B) (Edwulf (GB) - R.M. Power - 2017)

Navigation Stakes (Listed) (Ship Of Dreams - W.M. Lordan - 2018)

Martin Molony Stakes (Listed) (Detailed - W.M. Lordan - 2017)

Farmhouse Foods Fowler Mem. EBF (M) S'ch (Grade 3) (Slowmotion (FR) - M.P. Walsh - 2017)

SeasonRuns1st2nd3rd4thWin MoneyPlace MoneyTotal *
Winter All Weather 2017/201891139811€95,625€47,975€143,600
Winter All Weather 2016/201710614111611€108,125€57,850€165,975
National Hunt 2018/201929937353431€386,750€228,550€615,300
National Hunt 2017/201847367675237€934,844€484,475€1,419,319
National Hunt 2016/201726938433236€367,594€342,650€710,244
Flat 201858885827257€1,743,688€747,068€2,490,755
Flat 201737840393236€505,875€320,878€826,753
Flat 20161401891614€385,688€126,025€511,713

Date From
Date To
Race Type
Venue Date Horse Jockey Race Type Distance Place Weight Rating Race Pattern/ Listed Prize Money
Punchestown 17/11/18 Tower Bridge J.J. Slevin BegCh 2m 4f 5 11-12 Ecocup Ireland Beginners S'chase
Dundalk 16/11/18 Ifyouhaveaminute A.C. Persse Mdn 5f 5 8-7 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn
Dundalk 16/11/18 Commodus A.C. Persse Hcp 1m 9 9-9 73 Christmas Parties Apprentice Nursery
Dundalk 16/11/18 Dramatise S. Foley F 7f 5 9-10 Floodlit Friday Nights Rated Race
Dundalk 16/11/18 Shadow Seven (FR) S. Foley Hcp 1m 2f 150yds 3 9-5 53 Light Up Your Night H'cap (Div 1)
Dundalk 16/11/18 Esprit De Lumiere S.M. Crosse Mdn 5f 9 9-0 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn
Dundalk 16/11/18 Equitant (GB) S.M. Crosse F 7f 1 9-5 85 Floodlit Friday Nights Rated Race
Dundalk 16/11/18 King's Vow (FR) S.M. Crosse Hcp 1m 2 9-4 64 Christmas Parties Apprentice Nursery
Dundalk 16/11/18 Far Reach (FR) S.M. Crosse Mdn 1m 4f 3 9-0 72 M'dn
Dundalk 16/11/18 Joe The Crow H.J. Horgan Mdn 1m 4f 9 9-0 M'dn
Clonmel 15/11/18 Dawn In The Park (FR) S.A. Shortall Ch 2m 4f 11yds 8 10-6 T.A.Morris Memorial EBF (Mares) S'chase (Listed) Listed
Clonmel 15/11/18 Thermistocles J.J. Slevin HcpHdl 3m 1 10-11 120 Clonmel Oil Service Station H'cap H'dle €15,625
Thurles 12/11/18 Leave Your Mark M.P. Walsh MdnHdl 2m 3 11-12 Cashel M'dn H'dle €1,100
Thurles 12/11/18 Punches Cross M.P. Walsh BegCh 2m 2f 2 11-12 Munster Beginners S'chase €3,000
Navan 11/11/18 Choungaya (FR) M.P. Walsh NovHdl 2m 3 11-1 For Auction Novice H'dle (Grade 3) Grade 3 €3,250
Navan 11/11/18 Us And Them J.J. Slevin BegCh 2m 1f 1 11-12 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Beg. S'chase €10,625
Navan 11/11/18 Gold Seal E.T. Daly HcpHdl 2m 6 10-10 119 The Hotel Park St Johann H'cap H'dle
Navan 11/11/18 Treasure Chest L.P. Dempsey BegCh 2m 1f 5 11-12 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Beg. S'chase €425
Naas 10/11/18 Air Supremacy L.P. Dempsey HcpHdl 2m 4f 13 10-6 128 Sky Sports Racing Brown Lad H'cap H'dle (Grade B) Grade B
Naas 10/11/18 Arkwrisht (FR) Rachael Blackmore Ch 2m 3 11-1 137 Poplar Square S'chase (Grade 3) Grade 3 €3,250

*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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