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, Intricately, Edwult, 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. 

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. 

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)

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

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

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

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)

Ir Stall Farms EBF Kilbegnet Novice S'ch (Grade 3) (Landofhopeandglory - M.P. Walsh - 2017)

Fishery Lane H'dle (Grade 3) (Early Doors (FR) - M.P. Walsh - 2017)

TheTote.com Irish EBF Fillies Nursery (Damselfly - A.C. Persse - 2017)

BBA Ireland Ltd Opera Hat(Mares)S'chase (Listed) (Slowmotion (FR) - M.P. Walsh - 2017)

Bar One Racing Juvenile H'dle (Grade 3) (Landofhopeandglory - B.J. Geraghty - 2016)

Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) H'cap (Detailed - J.A. Heffernan - 2017)

Top Oil EBF Novice H'cap H'dle (Exactoris - J.J. Slevin - 2016)

Casey Precast H'cap S'chase (Tesseract - B.J. Geraghty - 2017)

SeasonRuns1st2nd3rd4thWin MoneyPlace MoneyTotal *
Winter All Weather 2017/20187310469€75,625€28,325€103,950
Winter All Weather 2016/201710614111611€108,125€57,850€165,975
National Hunt 2017/201841665634835€916,094€428,213€1,344,306
National Hunt 2016/201726938433236€367,594€342,650€710,244
Flat 201737840393236€505,875€320,878€826,753
Flat 20161401891614€385,688€126,025€511,713

Venue
Date From
Date To
Horse
Jockey
Race Type
Distance
Place
Weight
Rating
Venue Date Horse Jockey Race Type Distance Place Weight Rating Race Prize Money
Punchestown 21/02/18 Alighting (GB) S.W. Flanagan Hdl 2m 4f 50yds 3 10-11 Quevega (Mares) H'dle (Listed)
Punchestown 21/02/18 Thermistocles J.J. Slevin MdnHdl 2m 4f 50yds 5 11-12 I.N.H. Stallion Owners EBF M'dn H'dle
Clonmel 20/02/18 Border Control J.J. Slevin MdnHdl 2m 5 11-11 Derrygrath M'dn H'dle €275
Navan 18/02/18 Derby De Thaix (FR) J.J. Slevin MdnHdl 2m 6 11-11 Get Your 2018 Navan Membership M'dn H'dl
Navan 18/02/18 Marlbrook S.A. Shortall HcpHdl 2m 9 12-1 128 Adare Manor Opportunity H'cap H'dle
Dundalk 16/02/18 Los Alamos D. O'Brien Mdn 1m 2f 150yds 7 9-7 CEF Electrical M'dn
Dundalk 16/02/18 Song Of The Sky (GB) W.M. Lordan Hcp 1m 2f 150yds 8 8-13 50 Koffy H'cap
Dundalk 16/02/18 Zaofu W.M. Lordan Hcp 1m 4f 8 8-13 74 McGeoughs Bar & Restaurant H'cap
Dundalk 16/02/18 Art Nouvelle W.M. Lordan Hcp 6f 6 9-1 81 Fastfix H'cap
Punchestown 11/02/18 Choungaya (FR) T. Hamilton NHF 2m 3 11-8 Star Medical Supp Kilmacud(P-A)Flat Race €1,000
Punchestown 11/02/18 Lone Wolf M.P. Walsh NovHdl 2m 3 11-4 INH Stallion Owners EBF Novice H'dle (Listed) €3,250
Punchestown 11/02/18 On The Mend M.P. Walsh MdnHdl 2m 4f 7 11-10 Michael Fitzpatrick Memorial M'dn H'dle
Punchestown 11/02/18 High Sparrow J.J. Slevin MdnHdl 2m 4f 1 11-10 Michael Fitzpatrick Memorial M'dn H'dle €8,438
Dundalk 09/02/18 Tagle S. Corby Mdn 6f 7 9-2 Dundalk Business Club 2018 M'dn
Dundalk 09/02/18 Highly Approved W.M. Lordan Mdn 6f 1 9-0 58 Dundalk Business Club 2018 M'dn €7,500
Dundalk 09/02/18 Boragh Steps W.M. Lordan F 7f 2 9-2 78 Shabra Charity Race €3,000
Dundalk 09/02/18 Zaofu S. Corby F 2m 2 9-1 74 ASM Chartered Accountants Race €4,000
Thurles 08/02/18 Denwork (FR) S.A. Shortall MdnHdl 2m 3 11-0 thurles.ie M'dn H'dle €1,100
Thurles 08/02/18 Los Alamos J.J. Slevin MdnHdl 2m 5 11-11 thurles.ie M'dn H'dle €275
Thurles 08/02/18 Oathkeeper M.P. Walsh BegCh 2m 9 11-12 Templemore Beginners S'chase
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*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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