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 2020/202121000€6,600€0€6,600
Winter All Weather 2019/202062120€15,600€5,430€21,030
Flat 202114014212011€151,200€259,820€411,020
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
Leopardstown 16/10/21 Igraine D.M. Redmond Hcp 1m 4f 4 9-11 82 Carmanhall H'cap
Leopardstown 16/10/21 Impero G.M. Ryan Mdn 1m 2 9-5 Irish EBF Support. TREO EILE (C&G) M'dn
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
Dundalk 01/10/21 Shinkansen (FR) P.A. Harnett Hcp 7f 6 9-3 74 BetVictor Apprentice Nursery H'cap €240
Dundalk 01/10/21 Absolute Ruler (USA) G.M. Ryan F 7f 10 9-5 Irish Stallion Farms EBF StarAppeal Stks (Listed) Listed
Dundalk 01/10/21 Moon Daisy P.A. Harnett Hcp 1m 4f 1 9-2 84 BetVictor H'cap €12,600
Dundalk 01/10/21 Orinoco River (USA) G.M. Ryan F 5f 8 9-0 90 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Legacy Stakes (Listed) Listed
Cork 28/09/21 Tea Party G.M. Ryan Mdn 6f 6 9-2 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn €310
Cork 28/09/21 April Showers G.M. Ryan F 1m 2 9-0 102 Navigation Stakes (Listed) Listed €7,500
Curragh 26/09/21 Fernando Vichi G.M. Ryan F 2m fell 9-1 104 Raa Atoll Loughbrown Stakes (Group 3) Group 3
Curragh 26/09/21 Impero G.M. Ryan Mdn 7f 10 9-7 William Hill Ireland Play Irish EBF M'dn
Curragh 26/09/21 Moon Daisy Siobhan Rutledge Hcp 1m 4f 2 9-7 82 Tesoro Vita Ladies Trophy H'cap €3,000
Curragh 26/09/21 Igraine L. Costello Hcp 1m 4f 14 9-7 82 Tesoro Vita Ladies Trophy H'cap
Curragh 25/09/21 Sissoko G.M. Ryan Mdn 1m 6 9-6 Irish EBF Median Sires Series M'dn €500
Dundalk 24/09/21 Lustre G.M. Ryan Mdn 7f 10 9-2 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) M'dn

*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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