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 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 202212213181819€169,500€495,425€664,925
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
Curragh 25/09/22 Amusement P.A. Harnett Hcp 7f 4 9-4 79 William Hill Extra Place Nursery H'cap
Dundalk 23/09/22 Not Even Close G.M. Ryan Mdn 7f 1 9-2 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) M'dn
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
Gowran-Park 17/09/22 Newport (GB) G.M. Ryan Mdn 1m 10 9-5 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (C&G) M'dn
Naas 15/09/22 Calling All Angels P.A. Harnett Hcp 5f 3 9-5 75 Care At Home Services Nursery H'cap €1,150
Naas 15/09/22 Belatucadros P.A. Harnett Hcp 1m 3 8-11 67 GAIN The Advantage Series Nursery H'cap €1,500
Curragh 11/09/22 Proud And Regal G.M. Ryan F 7f 2 9-5 105 Goffs Vincent O'Brien National Stakes (Group 1) Group 1 €80,000
Curragh 11/09/22 La Dolce Vita G.M. Ryan F 7f 5 9-2 95 Moyglare Stud Stakes (Group 1) Group 1 €12,000
Leopardstown 10/09/22 Emporio G.M. Ryan Hcp 7f 10yds 4 9-9 98 Ir.Stal.Farms EBF 'Sovereign Path' H'cap €7,500
Leopardstown 10/09/22 Alder G.M. Ryan F 1m 3 9-5 KPMG Champions Juvenile Stks (Group 2) Group 2 €15,000
Cork 07/09/22 Amusement G.M. Ryan Mdn 1m 4 9-2 Irish Stallion Farms Irish EBF (F) M'dn €800
Down-Royal 02/09/22 Belatucadros P.A. Harnett Hcp 7f 11 9-4 69 Grant Thornton Nursery H'cap
Roscommon 29/08/22 First Emperor (GB) P.A. Harnett Hcp 1m 3f 182yds 3 9-3 80 Oran H'cap €1,150
Curragh 27/08/22 La Dolce Vita G.M. Ryan F 1m 7 9-2 97 Newtownanner Stud Irish EBF Stakes (Group 3) Group 3
Tipperary 26/08/22 Blindsided P.A. Harnett Mdn 7f 110yds 1 9-5 72 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Claiming M'dn €9,000
Tipperary 26/08/22 Emporio G.M. Ryan F 7f 110yds 1 9-10 98 Meadowview Stables Race €10,500
Tipperary 26/08/22 Amusement G.M. Ryan Mdn 7f 110yds 3 9-2 Camas Park Stud Irish EBF (Fillies) M'dn €1,500
Naas 21/08/22 Calling All Angels G.M. Ryan Mdn 5f 205yds 5 9-2 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies M'dn €480

*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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