Joseph Patrick O'Brien

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Joseph Patrick O'Brien
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Joseph O'Brien after winning the Epsom Derby on Australia
OccupationJockey, Trainer
Born (1993-05-23) 23 May 1993 (age 26)
Significant horses
St Nicholas Abbey

Joseph Patrick O'Brien (born 23 May 1993)[1] is an Irish horse racing trainer and former flat racing jockey. He is the son of trainer Aidan O'Brien.[2] In 2012 he rode Camelot to win the 2,000 Guineas, the 2012 Epsom Derby and the Irish Derby.[3][4][5][6]

Joseph O'Brien before riding Camelot in the 2012 Epsom Derby.

Riding career[edit]

O'Brien won a bronze medal at the 2009 European Pony Championships and was one of three jockeys who shared the Irish champion apprentice jockeys' title in 2010.[1] He rode his first winner on Johann Zoffany, trained by his father, at Leopardstown Racecourse on 28 May 2009 and gained his first classic success when Roderic O'Connor won the 2011 Irish 2,000 Guineas.[1] In 2012 Aidan and Joseph, 19, became the first father-son/trainer-jockey combination to win The Derby, with Camelot.[7]

He was Irish Champion Jockey in 2012 with 87 winners.[8] In October 2013, O'Brien broke a 20-year-old record with a treble at Navan to get his 117th winner of the season and beat the previous record set by Mick Kinane.[9] He finished the 2013 season with 126 winners and retained his Irish Champion Jockey title.[10]

In March 2016 O'Brien announced that he would be stepping down from race-riding to concentrate on his new career as a trainer.[11]

Training career[edit]

O'Brien began his training career at Owning Hill, County Kilkenny. He made an immediate impact when Intricately won the Moyglare Stud Stakes in 2016. He went on to win the Melbourne Cup with Rekindling in 2017, the Irish Derby with Latrobe in 2018 and the Pretty Polly Stakes with Iridessa in 2019. He also trained several good winners under National Hunt rules.

Major wins as a jockey[edit]

Republic of Ireland Ireland

France France

United Kingdom Great Britain

United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates

United States United States

Major wins as a trainer[edit]

Republic of Ireland Ireland

Australia Australia

United Kingdom Great Britain

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2013–present) Peak
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2013 68

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Joseph O'Brien". Qipco British Champions Series. Archived from the original on 5 June 2012. Retrieved 6 June 2012.
  2. ^ "Joseph-O-Brien-Factfile". Retrieved 5 June 2012.
  3. ^ "Camelot gives Aidan O'Brien fourth Classic win". BBC Sport. 2 June 2012. Retrieved 5 June 2012.
  4. ^ "Newmarket 2,000 Guineas: Camelot powers to victory". BBC Sport. 5 May 2012. Retrieved 5 June 2012.
  5. ^ "Aidan O'Brien and son Joseph combine to make Derby legend Camelot". Guardian. 2 May 2012. Retrieved 5 June 2012.
  6. ^ "Camelot completes Epsom and Irish Derby double". BBC Sport. 30 June 2012.
  7. ^ Alysen Miller (June 2, 2012). "Camelot makes history as Queen watches". CNN.
  8. ^ "O'Brien is champion jockey despite Smullen's late flourish". Irish Examiner. 29 October 2012. Retrieved 20 April 2013.
  9. ^ "O'Brien smashes Kinane record as Navan treble makes it 117 and counting". Irish Independent. 10 October 2013. Retrieved 10 October 2013.
  10. ^ "2013 Flat Champions crowned at Leopardstown". Retrieved 13 November 2013.
  11. ^ David Jennings (7 March 2016). "O'Brien quits saddle to concentrate on training". Racing Post.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Johnny Murtagh
Ballydoyle retained jockey
Succeeded by
Ryan Moore