Aidan O'Brien: 26 facts about the record-breaking trainer

Sat 28 Oct 2017

By Jason Kiely

Think you know everything about Aidan O’Brien? Here are 26 facts about the record-breaking trainer.

1 Born on October 16, 1969 in County Wexford

2 Champion Trainer in Ireland a record 20 times.

3 Has trained a winner at all of Ireland’s tracks apart from Laytown - where they race just once a year on the beach.

Tabor and O'Brien after Minding win

4 “The Lads” who he quite often refers to are Mr & Mrs Michael Tabor, Mr & Mrs Derek Smith and Mr & Mrs John Magnier.

5 Many present licenced trainers have ridden a winner for O’Brien in the past; such as Neil Mullholland, Jamie Osborne, Christy Roche Johnny, Murtagh and Richard Hughes.

6 In 2012 Aidan and son Joseph became the first ever father/son partnership to win the Derby with Camelot.

7 British based jump jockey Tom O’Brien is Aidan’s nephew.

8 Aidan is a member of Pioneer Total Abstinence Association, which means for his whole life O’ Brien has never had a drop of alcohol.

9 Triple Champion Hurdle winner Istabraq was trained by Aidan O’ Brien. He won 13 Grade One races over hurdles.

Qipco British Champions Day - Ascot Racecourse

10 He has trained a Group One winner in nine different countries: Ireland, England, Australia, France, Italy, Canada, Hong Kong, USA and UAE.

11 He became Ireland’s youngest trainer in 1996 at the age of 26.

12 He has been eight times top trainer at Royal Ascot between 2001 and this year.

13 The sunglasses we often see him wearing actually play a big role in O’ Brien’s success as they are prescription.

14 All four of his children - Sarah, Ana, Donnacha and Joseph - have ridden a winner for him. His wife Annemarie has also ridden numerous winners for him.

  1. He was crowned champion amateur jockey in Ireland in the 1993/94 season.

  2. He also trained his first winner in the 1993/94 season.

  3. First trainer in history to train 300 Group 1 winners.

Saxon Warrior
  1. His horses have won a total of over £180 million. Saxon Warrior, above, chipped in with £122,000 on Saturday.

19) In 2012, the O’Brien home was the scene of a devastating fire caused by a chimney fire. The whole house had to be rebuilt and thankfully nobody was injured.

  1. The UK Prime Minister was Harold Wilson (Labour) on the day O’ Brien was born.

  2. He shares his birthday with Oscar Wilde

  3. Met his wife Annemarie as they circled down at the start while both riding in a bumper in Galway.

  4. Eldest son Joseph, formerly a champion jockey in Ireland, is now a trainer and has trained 119 winners already.

  5. Champion trainer in Britain six times.

  6. The Curragh is the track which he is most successful at. He has had 575 winners but Mallow Racecourse in Cork is his worst, where he has had just 1.

  7. Former champion jockey Sir Anthony McCoy rode four winners for him.

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