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, 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. 

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)

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)

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) 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)

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 2018/20197451495€35,313€54,850€90,163
National Hunt 2017/201847367675237€934,844€484,475€1,419,319
National Hunt 2016/201726938433236€367,594€342,650€710,244
Flat 201817728312520€265,938€232,588€498,525
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
Down-Royal 22/06/18 Monarch M.P. Walsh HcpHdl 2m 100yds 1 11-2 123 H'cap H'dle
Limerick 22/06/18 Seize Your Star S. Foley Mdn 1m 3f 70yds 5 9-0 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) M'dn
Limerick 22/06/18 Syrena S. Foley Mdn 7f 3 9-0 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Med Auc (F) Mdn
Down-Royal 22/06/18 Chateau Conti (FR) J.J. Slevin Hdl 2m 4f 3 11-12 139 H'dle
Down-Royal 22/06/18 Castle Howard J.J. Slevin HcpHdl 2m 4f 3 11-5 102 Down Royal Summer Festival H'cap H'dle
Limerick 22/06/18 Vallambrosa S.M. Crosse Mdn 7f 2 8-7 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Med Auc (F) Mdn
Leopardstown 21/06/18 Rockabill (GB) W.J. Lee Mdn 1m 7 9-5 Leopardstown Golf Centre M'dn
Wexford 20/06/18 Choungaya (FR) B. O'Neill NHF 2m 100yds 2 12-0 BoyleSports App INH Flat Race €2,100
Wexford 20/06/18 Boston Spray J.J. Slevin MdnHdl 3m 3 11-4 Faster Than Ever BoyleSports App Mdn Hdl €1,150
Sligo 19/06/18 Lady Godiva W.J. Lee Hcp 7f 3 9-1 65 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) H'cap €1,500
Sligo 19/06/18 Irish Minister (USA) W.J. Lee F 7f 5 9-0 83 Kilcawley Construction Sligo Rated Race €500
Naas 18/06/18 True Blue Moon J.A. Heffernan F 5f 6 9-3 96 Midsummer Sprint Stakes (Listed) Listed €900
Cork 17/06/18 Eagle Song W.M. Lordan Mdn 7f 2 9-5 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn €3,300
Downpatrick 17/06/18 Unicorn M.P. Walsh HcpHdl 2m 2f 165yds 8 10-10 114 Download The Ladbrokes App H'cap H'dle
Downpatrick 17/06/18 Boragh Beat T. Hamilton NHF 2m 1f 65yds 5 10-11 Irish Stall. Farms EBF (M) INH Flat Race €275
Downpatrick 17/06/18 Ballybrowney Jack (FR) J.J. Slevin NovHdl 2m 1f 65yds 3 11-9 109 Down Time Festival Rated Novice H'dle €1,200
Cork 17/06/18 Apparition D. O'Brien Hcp 1m 4f 12 9-0 86 Cork Derby
Limerick 16/06/18 Cartes (GB) D. O'Brien Mdn 7f 3 9-5 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Med Auction Mdn €1,600
Limerick 16/06/18 Pedisnap D. O'Brien Hcp 1m 3 9-7 63 Acoustra Play Live July 14th H'cap €1,100
Limerick 16/06/18 Art Nouvelle D. O'Brien Hcp 6f 150yds 7 9-13 74 Jake Carter Plays Live June 22nd H'cap

*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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