Plenty of jockeys turn their hand to training after they hand up their saddle. However, not so many do it at such a young age. From a racing family full of pedigree, Donnacha O’Brien much like his older brother Joseph chose to do just that.
A short but successful career in the saddle saw Donnacha win Classics for his father, Aidan O’Brien and form up a powerful partnership with his brother Joseph. Notable winners in the saddle came on board Forever Together in the Investec Oaks and Magical in the QIPCO Champion Stakes at QIPCO British Champions Day.
At the age of just 22 Donnacha turned his hand to training – and his success in the saddle has seamlessly continued into this career. Just four months in to his fledgling career as a trainer, O’Brien scooped his first Group 1 and Classic in the French Oaks with Fancy Blue.
He was shortly to follow that victory with his second Group 1 and first UK Group 1 (with his very first UK runner) in the Qatar Nassau Stakes – also with Fancy Blue.
Given the racing heritage running through Donnacha’s veins, it’s only a matter of time before further Series wins follow.