Donnacha O'Brien

Date of Birth: July 22, 1998

County of origin: Tipperary

First winner: Quartz (Aidan O'Brien) Dundalk, September 7th, 2014

Champion Jockey: 2018

Assoc. Trainers: Aidan O'Brien, Joseph O'Brien

Significant horses: Latrobe, Saxon Warrior, Forever Together, Intricately, Order Of St George, Ten Sovereigns, Fairyland, Happily, Nelson, Magical, El Salvador, Baraweez

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A son of Aidan O'Brien, Donnacha had just turned 16 when he rode his first winner on his father's Quartz at Dundalk in September, 2014. Big race success quickly came the teenager's way and the following month he landed the Irish Cesarewitch on El Salvador at the Curragh. His first Listed win came in the Saval Beg Stakes at Leopardstown on Kingfisher in June, 2015 and his first Group success came when Order Of St George won the Group 3 Palmerstown House Estate Irish St Leger Trial Stakes at the Curragh on August 20th, 2016.

But better was to come at the same course on Longines Irish Champions Weekend the following month when Donnacha captured his first Group 1 win on Intricately, trained by his brother Joseph, in the Moyglare Stud Stakes. The filly, bred by their mother Anne Marie, was also giving Joseph his first training success at the highest level. He was crowned champion apprentice rider at the end of the 2016 season. Donnacha rode out his claim when successful on his father's San Remo in the Dundalk Stadium Handicap at Dundalk on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. 

Donnacha was 19 years old when he landed his first Classic victory when partnering Saxon Warrior, trained by Aidan O'Brien, to win the QIPCO 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket on May 5, 2018. Early the following month, he won the Epsom Oaks on Forever Together, trained by his father, and just weeks later won the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh when Latrobe prevailed in a thrilling renewal. Donnacha's brother Joseph trained Latrobe which beat horses trained by Aidan O'Brien into second, third, fourth and fifth places. 

Donnacha reached yet another milestone when he rode 100 winners in a season for the first time at Dundalk on September 28, 2018. At the end of the 2018 season, Donnacha was crowned champion jockey for the first time with 111 winners. 

SeasonRuns1st2nd3rd4thWin MoneyPlace MoneyTotal *
Winter All Weather 2018/2019151543€15,625€25,575€41,200
Winter All Weather 2017/2018237141€68,125€17,375€85,500
Winter All Weather 2016/2017527577€44,375€24,550€68,925
Winter All Weather 2015/2016448748€50,400€20,885€71,285
Winter All Weather 2014/2015487465€42,350€13,890€56,240
Flat 201934381574431€1,282,494€1,020,673€2,303,166
Flat 2018416111786632€2,316,725€1,085,090€3,401,815
Flat 201728862392833€1,093,750€536,513€1,630,263
Flat 201628948504140€657,338€440,860€1,098,198
Flat 201517214271515€230,500€122,140€352,640
Flat 2014467253€99,850€14,420€114,270

Date From
Date To
Race Type
Venue Date Horse Race Type Distance Place Weight Rating Race Pattern/ Listed Prize Money
Curragh 15/09/19 Latrobe F 1m 6f 6 9-9 112 Comer Group International Irish St Leger Group 1 €12,000
Curragh 15/09/19 So Perfect (USA) F 5f 2 9-0 108 Derrinstown Stud Flying Five Stakes (Group 1) Group 1 €80,000
Curragh 15/09/19 Credenza F 1m 2f 3 9-0 102 Moyglare "Jewels" Blandford Stakes (Group 2) Group 2 €25,000
Curragh 15/09/19 Numerian Hcp 1m 2f 2 9-6 99 Ir. Stal. Farms EBF 'Northfields' H'cap €30,000
Curragh 15/09/19 Arizona F 7f 3 9-3 108 Goffs Vincent O'Brien National Stakes (Group 1) Group 1 €40,000
Curragh 15/09/19 Tango F 7f 7 9-0 99 Moyglare Stud Stakes (Group 1) Group 1 €4,000
Listowel 12/09/19 Santiago Mdn 1m 1 9-5 Tote Ireland Irish EBF Median Auct. M'dn €11,400
Listowel 12/09/19 Flicker Flame Hcp 1m 6f 5 9-12 85 Behans Horseshoe Bar & Restaurant H'cap €600
Listowel 11/09/19 Louisiana Mdn 7f 2 9-5 Exchange Inn & Kevins Bar Irish EBF M'dn €3,500
Listowel 11/09/19 Dancing On A Dream Hcp 7f 3 9-13 74 Listowel Arms H'cap €1,300
Listowel 09/09/19 War Leader (USA) Mdn 6f 60yds 2 9-5 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn €3,200
Listowel 09/09/19 Emperor Of The Sun Hcp 1m 3 9-7 90 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Premier Nursery €4,000
Listowel 09/09/19 Lancaster House F 1m 1f 1 9-3 Edmund & Josie Whelan Mem. Listowel Stks (Listed) Listed €30,000
Listowel 09/09/19 Perfect Tapatino (FR) Hcp 1m 4f 5 9-12 91 H'cap €1,500
Navan 07/09/19 Whitsunday Islands (FR) Mdn 1m 3 9-5 63 Irish EBF Supporting ICW Mdn €1,500
Navan 07/09/19 Four Leaf Clover Hcp 1m 6f 15 9-5 65 H'cap
Navan 07/09/19 Potala Palace (GB) Mdn 5f 164yds 9 9-3 82 Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction M'dn
Navan 07/09/19 Air Force Jet (GB) Hcp 5f 1 9-9 97 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Premier Nursery €24,000
Gowran Park 04/09/19 Cerberus (GB) Hcp 1m 1f 110yds 10 9-1 73 Dining Packages At Gowran Park H'cap
Gowran Park 04/09/19 Royal Dornoch Mdn 7f 1 9-5 Irish EBF Supporting ICW (C & G) M'dn €9,900

*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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