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 2022/202322000€13,500€0€13,500
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 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
Dundalk 13/01/23 Teutates P.A. Harnett Mdn 1m 1 9-1 Book Online At M'dn €7,200
Dundalk 09/11/22 El Tesoro P.A. Harnett Hcp 6f 1 9-5 65 Book Online Nurs Hcap €6,300
Naas 06/11/22 Emporio G.M. Ryan F 1m 2 9-10 100 Christmas Party Raceday on Dec 15th Race €3,400
Dundalk 04/11/22 Report G.M. Ryan Mdn 7f 11 9-2 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) M'dn (Div 1)
Dundalk 28/10/22 El Tesoro G.M. Ryan Mdn 5f 5 9-7 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn €450
Curragh 26/10/22 Newport (GB) P.A. Harnett Hcp 1m 3 8-9 75 Bet €10 Get €20 At Novibet Nursery H'cap €1,650
Leopardstown 22/10/22 Bold As Love K.J. Leonard Mdn 7f 2 9-2 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) M'dn €3,200
Leopardstown 22/10/22 Emporio K.J. Leonard F 1m 2 9-9 100 Knockaire Stakes (Listed) Listed €7,500
Dundalk 21/10/22 Atlantic Charter K.J. Leonard Mdn 1m 12 9-6 Irish EBF Median Sires Series M'dn
Dundalk 21/10/22 Western Cape G.M. Ryan Mdn 1m 5 9-2 Irish EBF Median Sires Series M'dn €750
Dundalk 21/10/22 Show No Fear P.A. Harnett Mdn 1m 14 8-13 Irish EBF Median Sires Series M'dn
Curragh 13/10/22 El Tesoro G.M. Ryan Mdn 5f 6 9-7 Friarstown Stud Irish EBF M'dn €330
Dundalk 07/10/22 Western Cape K.J. Leonard Mdn 7f 4 9-6 Irish EBF Median Sires Series (C&G) M'dn €1,250
Tipperary 02/10/22 Newport (GB) G.M. Ryan Mdn 1m 1f 3 9-7 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn €1,500
Cork 27/09/22 Emporio G.M. Ryan F 1m 5 9-7 100 Navigation Stakes (Listed) Listed €1,200
Curragh 25/09/22 Amusement P.A. Harnett Hcp 7f 4 9-4 79 William Hill Extra Place Nursery H'cap €625
Dundalk 23/09/22 Not Even Close G.M. Ryan Mdn 7f 1 9-2 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) M'dn €9,000
Dundalk 23/09/22 First Emperor (GB) P.A. Harnett Hcp 1m 2f 150yds 10 9-1 77 William Hill Racing Radio H'cap
Fairyhouse 19/09/22 Badb G.M. Ryan F 6f 6 9-0 98 Ballyhane Blenheim Stakes (Listed) Listed €800
Fairyhouse 19/09/22 Blindsided P.A. Harnett F 7f 7 9-5 72 Fairyhouse Members Claiming 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).