Brian O'Connell

County of origin: Limerick

First winner: Shoot The Breeze (Philip Fenton) Down Royal, May 2nd, 2005

Significant horses: Dunguib, Don Cossack, Lieutenant Colonel, Last Instalment, Jack Absolute, Rich Revival, Argocat, Real Steel, Caim Hill

Assoc. Trainers: John Joe Walsh, Kieran Purcell, Eoin Doyle, Shay Barry, Henry De Bromhead, Liz Doyle

Did you know:

Among Brian O’Connell's 43 winners as an amateur rider was a Cheltenham Festival bumper success on Philip Fenton's Dunguib in March, 2009. His first success as a professional came when he won the Grade 1 Bar One Racing Royal Bond Novice Hurdle on the same horse at Fairyhouse on December 2nd of the same year. No stranger to the winners' enclosure, O’Connell enjoyed further high-profile success when partnering the Fenton-trained Last Instalment to an impressive victory in the Hennessy Gold Cup at Leopardstown in 2014 and scored another big win at Punchestown later in the year when taking the Grade 1 John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase on the Gordon Elliott-trained Don Cossack. Brian notched up his 200th career success when the Eoin Doyle-trained Roevin Star won the Boolavogue Handicap Chase at Wexford on June 21st, 2017.

On medical advice, Brian announced his retirement from race riding on April 5, 2018. Despite two operations, he failed to recover from a should injury sustained at Tramore in early October, 2017. He said, "I'd have liked to have ridden for a good few more years yet, but I've still been lucky to have had such a great career. I've ridden some brilliant horses and have enjoyed some brilliant days, but Dunguib winning at Cheltenham and Last Instalment winning the Irish Hennessy are the two that stand out the most. I've always loved the bloodstock side of things, and that's something I'd like to get involved in. We've also a yard at home that I could develop with my wife Donna, so that's something to also think about. I won't be leaving the industry."

SeasonRuns1st2nd3rd4thWin MoneyPlace MoneyTotal *
National Hunt 2017/20181331081215€81,563€45,463€127,025
National Hunt 2016/201730218183417€153,125€120,463€273,588
National Hunt 2015/201630122282626€164,663€143,023€307,685
National Hunt 2014/201540932314433€338,940€161,765€500,705
National Hunt 2013/201439120224021€300,970€133,833€434,803
National Hunt 2012/201334121201527€214,270€76,543€290,813
National Hunt 2011/201225912171321€123,210€54,238€177,448
National Hunt 2010/201135718162321€174,450€86,865€261,315
National Hunt 2009/20101199266€186,750€23,150€209,900

Date From
Date To
Race Type
Venue Date Horse Race Type Distance Place Weight Rating Race Pattern/ Listed Prize Money
Cork 15/10/17 Chestnut Brave HcpHdl 2m 3f 13 10-12 103 Rockmills & Tom Lynes Hire H'cap H'dle
Downpatrick 13/10/17 Ardera Cross BegCh 2m 3f 55yds 14 11-12 Frank Fitzsimons Memorial Beginners S'ch
Tramore 05/10/17 Ardera Cross HcpHdl 2m 5f 2 11-10 107 Tramore Racecourse On Facebook Hcap Hdle €2,400
Tramore 05/10/17 Kalanisi King HcpHdl 2m fell 11-10 93 Waterford & Tramore Supp Club H'cap Hdle
Tramore 05/10/17 Class Honours BegCh 2m 6f 4 11-2 Graun Hill Suite For Parties Beg.S'chase €750
Tipperary 03/10/17 Swipe West MdnHdl 2m 11 11-3 Join Tipperary Supp Club (C&G) M'dn H'dl
Gowran Park 30/09/17 Ted HcpHdl 2m 11 10-9 91 Thomastown H'cap H'dle
Gowran Park 29/09/17 Daigreen HcpHdl 2m 15 11-10 93 Bramblestown H'cap H'dle
Gowran Park 29/09/17 Fern Owl (GB) MdnHdl 2m 9 11-12 Racing Again Tomorrow M'dn H'dle
Gowran Park 29/09/17 In A Pinch MdnHdl 2m 14 11-0 Paulstown M'dn H'dle
Gowran Park 29/09/17 St Lawrence Gap HcpHdl 2m 4f 7 11-5 119 Bennettesbridge H'cap H'dle
Clonmel 28/09/17 Swedish Connection MdnHdl 2m 192yds 17 11-0 Laganore M'dn H'dle
Clonmel 28/09/17 Tsarina Sophia MdnHdl 2m 192yds 16 10-11 Kilmore M'dn H'dle
Sligo 27/09/17 Corskeagh Express BegCh 2m 5f 5 11-12 Frank O'Beirne Memorial Beginners S'ch €300
Sligo 27/09/17 Adimelo (FR) BegCh 2m 1f 86yds 5 11-12 Printfix Beginners S'chase €313
Sligo 27/09/17 Dorkas (GB) HcpCh 3m 83yds 2 11-4 98 Brenda Anderson Memorial H'cap S'chase €2,200
Navan 23/09/17 Fern Owl (GB) MdnHdl 2m 23 11-12 At The Races M'dn H'dle
Navan 23/09/17 The Winkler HcpCh 2m 4f 4 11-2 127 At The Races H'cap S'chase €1,000
Downpatrick 22/09/17 Cottonvale HcpHdl 2m 2f 165yds 3 11-11 91 JP H'cap H'dle €1,000
Galway 18/09/17 Dorkas (GB) HcpCh 2m 2f 54yds 3 11-3 97 Colm Quinn BMW H'cap S'chase €1,250

*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).