Joseph Patrick O'Brien

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Joseph Patrick O'Brien
Joseph O'Brien after winning the Epsom Derby on Australia
OccupationJockey, Trainer
Born (1993-05-23) 23 May 1993 (age 30)
Significant horses
St Nicholas Abbey
1000 Guineas (0)
2000 Guineas (1)
Purple, white seams, striped sleeves, purple cap Maroon, white spots, striped sleeves and spots on cap Royal blue, white stars, royal blue cap, white star
Camelot French Fifteen Hermival
Derby (2)
Purple, white seams, striped sleeves, purple cap Dark blue, light blue cross belts, striped sleeves, white cap Purple, White seams, Striped sleeves, White cap
Camelot Main Sequence Astrology
Purple, white seams, striped sleeves, purple cap Light blue, dark blue hoop, sleeves and cap Emerald green, black chevrons on sleeves
Australia Kingston Hill Romsdal
Oaks (0)
St Leger (1)
Purple, white seams, striped sleeves, purple cap Grey and white stripes, red cap Yellow, red chevrons, hooped cap
Leading Light Talent Galileo Rock

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 and with Twilight Payment in 2020, 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

France France

United Kingdom Great Britain

United States United States

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 (2 June 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. Archived from the original on 8 March 2016.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by Ballydoyle retained jockey
Succeeded by