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 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 05/03/21 Zozimus K.J. Leonard F 1m 7 9-5 88 HOLLYWOODBETS Patton Stakes (Listed) Listed
Dundalk 11/11/20 Zozimus G.M. Ryan Mdn 1m 1 9-4 89 Median Auction M'dn (Div 2) €6,600
Dundalk 06/11/20 Hazel G.M. Ryan Mdn 7f 1 8-13 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) M'dn €8,400
Dundalk 06/11/20 On Tiptoes P.A. Harnett Mdn 7f 12 8-9 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) M'dn
Dundalk 06/11/20 Zozimus G.M. Ryan Mdn 1m 3 9-2 87 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (C&G) Mdn €1,400
Curragh 06/11/20 Absolutely G.M. Ryan Mdn 1m 11 8-13 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) M'dn
Curragh 02/11/20 Emporio G.M. Ryan Mdn 7f 2 9-2 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (C&G) M'dn €3,300
Dundalk 23/10/20 Zozimus G.M. Ryan Mdn 1m 2 9-1 87 Irish EBF Median Sires Series M'dn €5,000
Gowran-Park 21/10/20 Ones Are Wild (GB) G.M. Ryan Mdn 7f 1 9-4 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Med. Auct. Mdn (Div 2) €10,200
Naas 18/10/20 Lugnaquilla G.M. Ryan F 1m 3f 190yds 10 9-3 82 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Bluebell Stakes (Listed) Listed
Naas 18/10/20 Oh So True (USA) R.P. Whelan F 1m 3f 190yds 13 9-3 89 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Bluebell Stakes (Listed) Listed
Leopardstown 16/10/20 Igraine G.M. Ryan Mdn 1m 12 8-13 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) M'dn
Curragh 11/10/20 April Showers G.M. Ryan F 1m 7 9-2 Staffordstown Stud Stakes (Listed) Listed
Thurles 08/10/20 Snowy Owl G.M. Ryan Hcp 1m 11yds 6 9-0 83 Thurles Nursery H'cap €310
Navan 07/10/20 Emporio G.M. Ryan Mdn 1m 2 9-4 M'dn €2,200
Curragh 27/09/20 Zozimus P.A. Harnett Hcp 1m 2 9-8 83 Mongey Communications Nursery H'cap €2,200
Curragh 27/09/20 Moonwalk G.M. Ryan Mdn 1m 7 8-13 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) M'dn
Curragh 26/09/20 Mythologic G.M. Ryan Hcp 1m 2 8-13 87 Manguard Plus H'cap €3,100
Curragh 26/09/20 Southern Cape G.M. Ryan F 1m 6 9-5 96 Alan Smurfit Memorial Beresford Stakes (Group 2) Group 2 €1,600
Curragh 26/09/20 Ones Are Wild (GB) G.M. Ryan F 6f 7 9-4 Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Race

*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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