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

Follow Donnacha on Twitter: @donnacha_obrien

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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 201929770503628€1,108,494€753,088€1,861,581
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

Venue
Date From
Date To
Horse
Race Type
Distance
Place
Weight
Rating
Pattern/Listed
Venue Date Horse Race Type Distance Place Weight Rating Race Pattern/ Listed Prize Money
Curragh 23/08/19 Altair Hcp 1m 4f 9 9-9 93 Irish EBF Supporting ICW (Fillies) H'cap
Curragh 23/08/19 Degraves Mdn 1m 3 9-5 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn
Curragh 23/08/19 Petite Mustique F 7f 2 9-0 Debutante Stakes (Group 2) Group 2
Curragh 23/08/19 Iberia F 7f 7 9-3 Galileo Irish EBF Futurity Stakes (Group 2) Group 2
Curragh 23/08/19 Blacklooks Hcp 6f 63yds 2 9-4 65 TRM Calphormin H'cap
Killarney 22/08/19 Mount Jannu Mdn 1m 3f 50yds 8 9-0 Irish EBF Supporting ICW (Fillies) M'dn
Killarney 22/08/19 Flicker Flame Hcp 1m 6f 5 9-2 86 K.W.D. Kingdom Gold Cup H'cap €1,500
Killarney 22/08/19 Blenheim Palace F 1m 3f 50yds 2 9-6 105 Killarney Racegoers Club Race €3,100
Roscommon 19/08/19 Cosmic Horizon Hcp 1m 2f 60yds 2 9-11 89 Hydrotech H'cap €2,500
Roscommon 19/08/19 Macquarie Mdn 1m 2f 60yds 4 9-5 74 Londis Roscommon M'dn €625
Roscommon 19/08/19 Sherpa Mdn 7f 89yds 1 9-5 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn €9,000
Cork 17/08/19 Blacklooks Hcp 6f 4 10-0 65 Matchbook Betting Exchange App H'cap €525
Cork 17/08/19 King Of Athens (USA) Mdn 6f 5 9-5 Matchbook Irish EBF M'dn €495
Cork 17/08/19 Salsa Mdn 1m 6 9-0 Marymount Hospice Irish EBF Fillies M'dn €330
Cork 17/08/19 Syrena Hcp 7f 5 9-1 76 Matchbook Irish EBF (Fillies) H'cap €750
Cork 17/08/19 Simply Beautiful F 1m 4f 2 9-0 95 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Give Thanks Stk (Group 3) Group 3 €15,000
Curragh 16/08/19 Phase After Phase Hcp 6f 9 9-3 81 Luke and Nellie Comer Mem Nursery H'cap
Curragh 16/08/19 Brook On Fifth Mdn 7f 1 9-0 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Med Auct M'dn €10,500
Curragh 16/08/19 Air Force Jet (GB) F 5f 6 9-3 99 Ryans Cleaning Event Specialist Stks (Listed) Listed €940
Curragh 16/08/19 Vhagar Hcp 1m 2f 20 9-12 67 Launch Of The Irish Derby On TG4 H'cap
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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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