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 2022/202362101€13,500€3,250€16,750
Winter All Weather 2021/202272000€16,800€1,800€18,600
Winter All Weather 2020/202121000€6,600€0€6,600
Winter All Weather 2019/202062120€15,600€5,430€21,030
Flat 2023366364€94,800€104,750€199,550
Flat 202213513212020€178,500€517,280€695,780
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
Tipperary 30/05/23 El Tesoro G.M. Ryan Hcp 5f 9 10-2 74 Tipperary H'cap
Curragh 28/05/23 Teutates G.M. Ryan F 1m 2f DSQ 9-5 83 Heider Family Stables Gallinule Stakes (Group 3) Group 3 €12,000
Curragh 28/05/23 Report G.M. Ryan Mdn 1m 2f 5 9-3 Barberstown Castle Irish EBF (F) M'dn €600
Curragh 28/05/23 Mysteries G.M. Ryan Mdn 6f 3 9-2 Tally Ho Stud Irish EBF (Fillies) M'dn €2,000
Curragh 28/05/23 Piz Badile G.M. Ryan F 1m 2f 110yds 3 9-5 110 Tattersalls Gold Cup (Group 1) Group 1 €45,000
Curragh 27/05/23 Proud And Regal G.M. Ryan F 1m 7 9-2 112 Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas (Group 1) Group 1 €5,000
Curragh 27/05/23 Not Even Close O. Murphy Hcp 7f 7 9-2 85 Finlay Volvo H'cap
Roscommon 22/05/23 Necessitate (GER) P.A. Harnett Mdn 7f 100yds 9 9-0 Irish EBF Auction Series M'dn
Naas 21/05/23 La Dolce Vita K.J. Leonard F 7f 9 8-9 96 Owenstown Stud Stakes (Listed) Listed
Naas 21/05/23 Badb G.M. Ryan F 5f 205yds 10 9-2 93 Goffs Lacken Stakes (Group 3) Group 3
Naas 21/05/23 Porta Fortuna G.M. Ryan F 5f 205yds 1 9-2 Coolmore Stud EBF (Fillies) Sprint Stks (Group 3) Group 3 €42,000
Leopardstown 19/05/23 Moon Daisy K.J. Leonard F 1m 6f 4 9-2 96 Saval Beg Levmoss Stks (Group 3) Group 3 €2,625
Cork 17/05/23 Bold As Love G.M. Ryan Mdn 6f 7 9-3 Sign Up To Our Newsletter M'dn
Cork 17/05/23 El Tesoro G.M. Ryan Hcp 5f 3 8-11 74 Follow Us On Social Media H'cap €1,600
Leopardstown 07/05/23 Proud And Regal G.M. Ryan F 1m 2f 3 9-5 113 Derby Trial Stakes (Group 3) Group 3 €7,000
Leopardstown 07/05/23 Teutates G.M. Ryan Hcp 1m 4f 2 9-10 80 Fund A New Home For Festina Lente H'cap €2,600
Leopardstown 07/05/23 Amusement P.A. Harnett Hcp 1m 4f 1 9-2 79 Fund A New Home For Festina Lente H'cap €7,800
Naas 06/05/23 Devious (GB) G.M. Ryan Mdn 5f 1 9-7 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn €9,600
Naas 06/05/23 El Tesoro K.J. Leonard Hcp 5f 205yds 5 8-7 74 Dillon Marshall Property Consultants Hcp €1,350
Cork 05/05/23 Badb G.M. Ryan F 5f 110yds 7 9-2 94 Goffs Irish EBF Polonia Stakes (Listed) Listed

*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).