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 20216351277€72,000€93,655€165,655
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
Gowran-Park 13/06/21 Unconquerable G.M. Ryan Mdn 7f 2 9-7 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn €3,100
Limerick 12/06/21 Moon Daisy G.M. Ryan Hcp 1m 3f 110yds 4 8-10 71 Limerick Racecourse H'cap €575
Limerick 12/06/21 Snowy Owl K.J. Leonard Hcp 1m 3f 110yds 3 9-3 78 Limerick Racecourse H'cap €1,150
Fairyhouse 11/06/21 Easily G.M. Ryan Mdn 1m 4f 3 9-2 Tattersalls Ireland M'dn €1,200
Fairyhouse 11/06/21 Silver Surfer (GB) G.M. Ryan Mdn 6f 1 9-7 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn €8,400
Leopardstown 10/06/21 Don Julio G.M. Ryan Mdn 6f 181yds 4 9-7 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn €825
Listowel 06/06/21 Ones Are Wild (GB) G.M. Ryan Hcp 7f DSQ 9-12 83 Return Of The Revival Festival H'cap
Listowel 06/06/21 Emporio G.M. Ryan Mdn 1m 2 9-7 103 North Kerry Greenway (C&G) M'dn €2,400
Leopardstown 03/06/21 Simply Glorious (USA) G.M. Ryan Mdn 6f 171yds 6 9-2 Yeomanstown Stud Irish EBF (Fillies) Mdn €330
Leopardstown 03/06/21 De Puntitas K.J. Leonard Mdn 6f 171yds 11 9-2 Yeomanstown Stud Irish EBF (Fillies) Mdn
Leopardstown 03/06/21 Fernando Vichi G.M. Ryan F 1m 4f 1 9-5 104 Nijinsky Stakes (Listed) Listed €22,500
Curragh 02/06/21 Unconquerable G.M. Ryan Mdn 7f 2 9-5 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (C&G) M'dn €3,300
Curragh 02/06/21 Geodesic P.A. Harnett Mdn 7f 5 8-12 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (C&G) M'dn €495
Curragh 02/06/21 Elliptic G.M. Ryan F 6f 2 9-4 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Race €4,400
Curragh 02/06/21 Nicest W.M. Lordan F 1m 2f 4 8-7 94 Sky Bet Orby Stakes (Listed) Listed €1,875
Curragh 02/06/21 Lugnaquilla K.J. Leonard Hcp 1m 6f 9 8-6 85 Sky Bet Race To The Ebor H'cap
Navan 30/05/21 Shinkansen (FR) G.M. Ryan Mdn 5f 2 9-7 Lynn Lodge Stud Irish EBF M'dn €3,100
Navan 30/05/21 Snowy Owl K.J. Leonard Hcp 1m 2f 3 8-7 79 Royal County H'cap €4,000
Curragh 22/05/21 Hazel G.M. Ryan Hcp 1m 8 9-6 86 Betway Spring (Fillies) H'cap
Curragh 22/05/21 Emporio G.M. Ryan F 1m 5 9-2 90 Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas (Group 1) Group 1 €12,000

*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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