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David O'Brien (racehorse trainer)

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David O'Brien is a former Irish racehorse trainer. He was the son of the successful trainer Vincent O'Brien and Jacqueline O'Brien (née Wittenoom), author and photographer.

His primary successes included Assert, who won the Irish and French Derbies, and Secreto, Derby, defeating El Gran Senor trained by his father Vincent.[1] David O'Brien remains the youngest trainer to win the Epsom Derby, The Irish Derby and the French Derby. He was also the first foreign trainer to win this race.[2]

He retired from training in the late 1980s and moved to France where he 1993 purchased a vineyard, Chateau Vignelaure, where he restored the reputation of the vineyard and as the winemaker won many French and international accolades. Until 2008, he made this winery in Provence one of the most successful, especially for rosé wines.[3][4]


  1. ^ "Vincent O'Brien". The Daily Telegraph. 1 June 2009. Retrieved 11 May 2010.
  2. ^ Smith, Brian (1991). The horse in Ireland. Wolfhound Press. p. 208. ISBN 978-0-86327-311-7.
  3. ^ "Chateau Vignelaure". 1 June 2009. Retrieved 14 June 2011.
  4. ^ Jochen Daams Weine, Solingen, July 2023 (German)