Donnacha O'Brien

County of origin: Tipperary

First winner: Flower Garland (Gavin Ryan) Dundalk, February 21, 2020

First Classic winner: Fancy Blue (Pierre-Charles Boudot)(Prix De Diane) Chantilly, July 2020

First winner in Britain: Fancy Blue (Ryan Moore)(Group 1 Qatar Nassau Stakes) Goodwood, July 2020

First Group 1 winner in Ireland: Shale (Ryan Moore) (Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes) Curragh, September 2020

Significant horse: Fancy Blue, Shale

Assoc. jockeys: Gavin Ryan, Ryan Moore, Wayne Lordan, Declan McDonogh


Did you know:

Donnacha O'Brien enjoyed a brief but hugely successful career as a jockey and made an immediate impact in the training ranks when enjoying Classic glory just months after taking out his licence in December 2019.

Donnacha sent out his first runners in January 2020 and saddled his first winner on February 21 of that year when the Gavin Ryan-ridden Flower Garland won the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden at Dundalk.

At 21 years and 349 days old, he became the youngest trainer from Ireland or Britain to win a Classic when the Pierre-Charles Boudot-ridden Fancy Blue landed the Prix de Diane (French Oaks) at Chantilly on July 5, 2020, his filly leading home a 1-2-3 for Irish trainers. Fancy Blue narrowly beat the Jessica Harrington-trained Alpine Star and the Aidan O'Brien-trained Peaceful to become the first Irish-trained winner of the race since 1970. O'Brien's success came three weeks short of his 22nd birthday and he joined his father Aidan, his older brother Joseph and his aunt Frances Crowley as Classic-winning trainers. 

Donnacha was a winner with his first runner in Britain when the Ryan Moore-ridden Fancy Blue won the Group 1 Qatar Nassau Stakes at Goodwood on July 30, 2020. The Moore-ridden Shale gave Donnacha his first Group 1 winner in Ireland in the Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh in September, 2020. 

At Leopardstown on Thursday, August 6, 2020, Donnacha (Shale), his father Aidan (Military Style) and his brother Joseph (Thundering Nights and Tonkinese) all trained winners on the same card for the first time. 

Donnacha's jockey profile can be found HERE

SeasonRuns1st2nd3rd4thWin MoneyPlace MoneyTotal *
Winter All Weather 2021/202252000€16,800€1,050€17,850
Winter All Weather 2020/202121000€6,600€0€6,600
Winter All Weather 2019/202062120€15,600€5,430€21,030
Flat 202114715222211€159,600€276,910€436,510
Flat 202010014191013€284,100€216,380€500,480

Date From
Date To
Race Type
Venue Date Horse Jockey Race Type Distance Place Weight Rating Race Pattern/ Listed Prize Money
Dundalk 05/11/21 April Showers G.M. Ryan F 1m 13 9-2 101 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Cooley (F) Stks (Listed) Listed
Dundalk 05/11/21 Simply Glorious (USA) G.M. Ryan Mdn 7f 1 9-2 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) M'dn €8,400
Dundalk 05/11/21 Zozimus G.M. Ryan Hcp 1m 5 10-0 94 BetVictor Casino H'cap €630
Dundalk 05/11/21 Lesson Learned G.M. Ryan Mdn 1m 1 9-5 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (C&G) M'dn €8,400
Dundalk 05/11/21 Atlantic Breeze P.A. Harnett Mdn 1m 5 8-12 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (C&G) M'dn €420
Naas 31/10/21 Artistic Choice P.A. Harnett Mdn 7f 195yds 5 9-0 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn €465
Naas 31/10/21 Impero G.M. Ryan Mdn 7f 195yds 3 9-7 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn €1,550
Dundalk 29/10/21 Orinoco River (USA) G.M. Ryan Mdn 5f 1 9-2 89 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn €8,400
Galway 25/10/21 Igraine G.M. Ryan Hcp 1m 3f 180yds 10 9-5 81 Galway H'cap
Leopardstown 23/10/21 Piz Badile G.M. Ryan F 1m 1f 2 9-5 Eyrefield Stakes (Group 3) Group 3 €10,000
Navan 20/10/21 Zozimus G.M. Ryan Hcp 1m 2f 8 10-4 94 Like Navan On Facebook H'cap
Gowran-Park 19/10/21 Easily G.M. Ryan Mdn 1m 3f 184yds 3 9-2 70 Gowran Park Racing Club (Fillies) M'dn €1,200
Leopardstown 16/10/21 Igraine D.M. Redmond Hcp 1m 4f 4 9-11 82 Carmanhall H'cap €575
Leopardstown 16/10/21 Impero G.M. Ryan Mdn 1m 2 9-5 Irish EBF Support. TREO EILE (C&G) M'dn €3,300
Leopardstown 16/10/21 April Showers G.M. Ryan F 1m 2f 8 9-0 102 Manguard Plus Trigo Stakes (Listed) Listed
Leopardstown 16/10/21 Trustworthy K.J. Leonard Mdn 1m 9 9-2 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) M'dn
Leopardstown 16/10/21 Red Azalea G.M. Ryan Mdn 1m 8 9-2 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) M'dn
Curragh 14/10/21 Sissoko G.M. Ryan Mdn 1m 1f 1 9-7 Friarstown Stud Irish EBF M'dn €9,900
Curragh 14/10/21 Easily G.M. Ryan Hcp 1m 4f 6 9-11 70 Hollywoodbets Best Odds Guaranteed H'cap (Div 1) €210
Killarney 02/10/21 Easily P.A. Harnett Hcp 1m 3f 50yds 4 9-8 71 Killarney Avenue Hotel Apprentice H'cap €550

*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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