Aidan O'Brien

County Of Origin: Wexford

Date of licence: June, 1993

First winner: Wandering Thoughts (Pat Gilson), Tralee, June 7th, 1993

Significant horses (selected): Churchill, Minding, Order Of St George, Found, Highland Reel, Ruler Of The World, Gleneagles, Adelaide, Australia, Camelot, So You Think, St Nicholas Abbey, Lillie Langtry, Fame And Glory, Mastercraftsman, Duke Of Marmalade, Henrythenavigator, Dylan Thomas, George Washington, Yeats, Footstepsinthesand, Oratorio, Yeats, High Chaparral, Hawk Wing, Rock Of Gibraltar, Galileo, Imagine, Giant's Causeway, Saffron Walden, Shahtoush, King Of Kings, Classic Park, Istabraq, Desert King, Urubande, Life Of A Lord

Assoc. jockeys: Ryan Moore, Seamus Heffernan, Colm O'Donoghue, Sarah O'Brien, Ana O'Brien, Donnacha O'Brien, Michael Hussey, Emmet McNamara, Wayne Lordan, Padraig Beggy

Did you know:

Aidan O'Brien has been Irish Champion Flat trainer in terms of prizemoney won in every season since 1999. He began his career with Curragh trainer PJ Finn and was later assistant trainer to both Jim Bolger and Annemarie Crowley who he was later to marry. Aidan took out his trainer's licence in 1993 and his first winner was Wandering Thoughts at Tralee in June of that year. In the early stages of his career, he broke all manner of records in National Hunt racing in terms of winners trained and also became the first trainer to saddle a 1-2-3 in the 1995 Galway Plate when Life Of A Lord defeated Kelly's Pearl and Loshian. Life Of A Lord went on win the Kerry National at Listowel the following September while he also proved successful in the Whitbread Gold Cup at Sandown the following April, before going back to Galway to claim a second consecutive victory in the Galway Plate. His remarkable success continued when he moved to Ballydoyle in 1996 and he quickly established himself as one of the leading trainers in the world. O'Brien continues to enjoy tremendous success at home and abroad, winning the biggest races on a continuous basis. He became the first trainer to win the Epsom Derby in three consecutive years when Australia won in 2014, following on from Ruler Of The World and Camelot. Camelot's success was all the more remarkable as it was the first father/son trainer/jockey partnership to win a British classic. The pair repeated the feat with Australia in the same race in 2014 and they also landed the Doncaster St Leger with Leading Light in 2013. At Royal Ascot in 2015, O'Brien saddled eight winners over the five days. Minding gave O'Brien his 250th Group/Grade 1 winner on the Flat when taking the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket in May, 2016. O'Brien saddled his 50th winner at Royal Ascot when Even Song won the Ribblesdale Stakes on Thursday, June 17th, 2016. In October of the same year, he recorded a magnificent 1-2-3 in the €5m Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Chantilly when the Ryan Moore-ridden Found led home Highland Reel and Order Of St George. All three are by leading sire Galileo. Aidan recorded his 70th European Classic success when Churchill, ridden by Ryan Moore, landed the Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh on Saturday, May 27th, 2017. The same colt had won the QIPCO 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket three weeks earlier. Aidan enjoyed his 300th Group 1/Grade 1 winner (Flat and National Hunt combined) when Highland Reel (Ryan Moore) took the Prince Of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot on June 21st, 2017. 

Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby (Group 1) (Capri - J.A. Heffernan - 2017)

Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby (Group 1) (Fame And Glory (GB) - J.P. Murtagh - 2009)

Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby (Group 1) (Frozen Fire (GER) - J.A. Heffernan - 2008)

Budweiser Irish Derby (Group 1) (Soldier Of Fortune - J.A. Heffernan - 2007)

Budweiser Irish Derby (Group 1) (Dylan Thomas - K. Fallon - 2006)

Budweiser Irish Derby (Group 1) (High Chaparral - M.J. Kinane - 2002)

Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby (Group 1) (Australia (GB) - J.P. O'Brien - 2014)

Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby (Group 1) (Camelot (GB) - J.P. O'Brien - 2012)

Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby (Group 1) (Treasure Beach (GB) - C. O'Donoghue - 2011)

Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby (Group 1) (Cape Blanco - J.P. Murtagh - 2010)

Budweiser Irish Derby (Group 1) (Galileo - M.J. Kinane - 2001)

Baileys Irish Champion Stakes (Group 1) (Dylan Thomas - K. Fallon - 2006)

ESAT Digifone Irish Champion Stakes (Group 1) (Giant's Causeway (USA) - M.J. Kinane - 2000)

Tattersalls Millions Irish Champion Stks (Group 1) (Dylan Thomas - K. Fallon - 2007)

Ireland The Food Island Champion Stakes (Group 1) (High Chaparral - M.J. Kinane - 2003)

Baileys Irish Champion Stakes (Group 1) (Oratorio - K. Fallon - 2005)

Red Mills Irish Champion Stakes (Group 1) (So You Think (NZ) - J.A. Heffernan - 2011)

Tattersalls Millions Irish Champion Stks (Group 1) (Cape Blanco - J.A. Heffernan - 2010)

Comer Group International Irish St Leger (Order Of St George - R.L. Moore - 2017)

Darley Irish Oaks (Group 1) (Moonstone (GB) - J.P. Murtagh - 2008)

SeasonRuns1st2nd3rd4thWin MoneyPlace MoneyTotal *
Winter All Weather 2015/201684910710€77,530€38,495€116,025
Winter All Weather 2014/2015324323€25,200€8,385€33,585
Winter All Weather 2013/201482200€12,600€3,060€15,660
Winter All Weather 2012/2013154200€23,800€2,720€26,520
Winter All Weather 2011/201261110€7,000€2,360€9,360
National Hunt 2016/201771210€18,750€9,613€28,363
National Hunt 2015/20161293121129€301,760€144,720€446,480
National Hunt 2014/201589219108€172,520€59,065€231,585
National Hunt 2013/2014425973€34,650€52,970€87,620
National Hunt 2012/2013121032€7,000€12,130€19,130
National Hunt 2004/200574200€40,950€4,420€45,370
National Hunt 2003/200430000€0€0€0
National Hunt 2002/200362111€21,700€4,160€25,860
National Hunt 2001/2002102220€53,012€7,574€60,586
National Hunt 2000/2001185521€114,023€26,347€140,370
Flat 2017519114817347€4,464,763€1,970,235€6,434,998
Flat 20165881171068964€2,940,013€2,250,189€5,190,201
Flat 201544799734738€2,708,195€1,330,925€4,039,120
Flat 2014520103745151€3,364,538€1,513,815€4,878,353
Flat 2013494135877742€2,538,125€1,329,593€3,867,718
Flat 201249894637156€2,617,390€934,480€3,551,870
Flat 201148393757454€3,453,600€1,374,115€4,827,715
Flat 2010549109796264€3,248,970€1,436,585€4,685,555
Flat 200942789635551€2,909,550€1,713,398€4,622,948
Flat 200840282464650€3,956,390€1,062,535€5,018,925
Flat 200734467474542€3,457,810€1,649,830€5,107,640
Flat 200630663523637€3,208,340€924,230€4,132,570
Flat 200525562422725€2,675,715€1,015,740€3,691,455
Flat 200425177403319€2,075,130€985,185€3,060,315
Flat 200323271373518€2,958,650€1,021,356€3,980,006
Flat 200223760442626€2,505,220€1,666,293€4,171,513
Flat 200131687654023€3,305,032€1,288,234€4,593,265
Flat 200023271362717€2,098,391€832,150€2,930,541
Flat 1999334102594032€1,377,649€639,411€2,017,059
Flat 199842665526647€637,029€686,237€1,323,266

Date From
Date To
Race Type
Venue Date Horse Jockey Race Type Distance Place Weight Rating Race Prize Money
Galway 03/08/13 Boots And Spurs (GB) C.D. Hayes Hcp 7f 8 9-0 93 Irish Stallion Farms EBF 'Ahonoora' Hcap
Curragh 29/06/13 Libertarian (GB) W. Buick F 1m 4f 8 9-0 Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby (Group 1) €12,500
Curragh 29/06/13 Yeeoow M. Harley Hcp 6f 63yds 13 9-1 94 Paddy Power Sprint
Curragh 26/05/13 Exactement Jim Crowley F 1m 9 9-0 Etihad Airways Irish 1,000 Guineas (Group 1)
Curragh 26/08/12 Boastful C. O'Donoghue F 5f 6 9-2 Flying Five Stakes (Group 3)
Tipperary 23/08/12 Boastful M. Harley F 7f 100yds 3 9-5 Fairy Bridge Stakes (Group 3) €5,750
Leopardstown 14/06/12 Rodrigo De Torres (GB) C. O'Donoghue F 7f 5 9-9 Ballycorus Stakes (Group 3)
Dundalk 04/11/11 Class Monitor (GB) P.J. Smullen F 7f 10 8-11 Follow Dundalk On Facebook Claiming Race
Dundalk 04/11/11 Yeeoow D.P. McDonogh Mdn 6f 6 9-5 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn
Naas 06/06/11 Guru Girl (GB) A. Elliott F 6f 6 9-0 Coolmore Stud EBF Fillies Stakes (Listed)
Leopardstown 12/02/11 Pena Dorada D.F. O'Regan Hdl 2m 9 11-0 Tote Jackpot Spring Juvenile H'dle (Grade 1)
Dundalk 20/10/17 Cenotaph (USA) D. O'Brien Hcp 7f 3 9-9 89 Book Your Christmas Party Dundalk H'cap
Dundalk 20/10/17 Clear Skies (GB) D. O'Brien Hcp 1m 4f 11 9-7 84 Crowne Plaza Race & Stay H'cap
Dundalk 20/10/17 Pipes Of Peace D. O'Brien Mdn 1m 2 9-5 84 M'dn
Dundalk 20/10/17 Pennsylvania (USA) J.A. Heffernan Mdn 1m 3 9-5 81 M'dn
Dundalk 20/10/17 Ruby Quest D. O'Brien Hcp 7f 4 9-8 57 Crowne Plaza Championship H'cap (Div 1)
Dundalk 20/10/17 Declarationofpeace (USA) W.M. Lordan F 5f 3 8-9 107 Al Basti Equiworld Mercury Stakes (Listed)
Punchestown 19/10/17 Air Supremacy F 1m 6f 4 12-0 89 John Shortt Legends Challenge Race
Naas 15/10/17 Old Time Waltz (USA) P.B. Beggy F 1m 14 9-0 84 Clodovil Irish EBF Garnet Stakes (Listed)
Naas 15/10/17 Bound W.M. Lordan F 1m 4f 4 9-0 92 Anjaal Irish EBF Bluebell Stakes (Listed) €2,300

*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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