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 202191915137€105,000€188,700€293,700
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
Galway 31/07/21 Geodesic G.M. Ryan Hcp 7f 5 8-13 77 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Nursery H'cap
Galway 31/07/21 Don Julio P.A. Harnett Hcp 7f 7 8-8 79 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Nursery H'cap
Leopardstown 22/07/21 Unconquerable G.M. Ryan F 7f 20yds 3 9-5 Japan Racing Association Tyros Stakes (Group 3) Group 3 €5,000
Naas 21/07/21 Orinoco River (USA) G.M. Ryan F 5f 5 9-2 Arqana Irish EBF Marwell Stakes (Listed) Listed €1,440
Curragh 18/07/21 April Showers G.M. Ryan F 1m 1f 2 9-2 96 Kilboy Estate Stakes (Group 2) Group 2 €20,000
Curragh 17/07/21 Nicest G.M. Ryan F 1m 4f 3 9-2 105 Juddmonte Irish Oaks (Group 1) Group 1 €40,000
Curragh 17/07/21 Shinkansen (FR) G.M. Ryan Hcp 6f 6 9-5 80 Dingle Whiskey Nursery H'cap €310
Leopardstown 15/07/21 Moon Daisy G.M. Ryan Hcp 1m 4f 180yds 2 9-4 70 Booterstown H'cap €2,100
Leopardstown 15/07/21 Punta Di Piedi G.M. Ryan Mdn 1m 8 9-2 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) M'dn
Killarney 12/07/21 Don Julio P.A. Harnett Mdn 1m 20yds 5 9-0 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn €420
Killarney 12/07/21 Piz Badile G.M. Ryan Mdn 1m 20yds 1 9-7 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn €8,400
Fairyhouse 11/07/21 Snowy Owl G.M. Ryan Hcp 1m 4f 6 9-10 78 Get Ready for Galway, Join H'cap €230
Navan 10/07/21 Easily P.A. Harnett Hcp 1m 2f 8 8-10 74 Bohermeen Apprentice H'cap
Limerick 04/07/21 Moon Daisy K.J. Leonard Hcp 1m 4f 110yds 6 8-9 71 Caherdavin H'cap €230
Limerick 04/07/21 Igraine P.A. Harnett Hcp 1m 4f 110yds 3 8-11 80 Caherdavin H'cap €1,150
Naas 03/07/21 Unconquerable G.M. Ryan Mdn 7f 1 9-7 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn €9,300
Naas 03/07/21 Apache Star P.A. Harnett Mdn 7f 5 9-0 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn €465
Naas 03/07/21 Easily G.M. Ryan Hcp 1m 2f 3 8-13 69 Naas Racecourse Business Club H'cap €1,150
Tipperary 30/06/21 Orinoco River (USA) G.M. Ryan Mdn 5f 2 9-2 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) M'dn €2,800
Curragh 27/06/21 Shinkansen (FR) G.M. Ryan Mdn 7f 7 9-5 Barronstown Stud Irish EBF (C&G) M'dn

*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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