Donnacha O'Brien

Ana O'Brien Shares All About The Magic Behind Family-Run Whisperview Operation

Racing fans who have always had a bit of trouble believing in the magic that goes on behind the gates at Ballydoyle or at Owning Hill need not look any further than the result of last week's Ballyhane S. at Naas. There are some people, so hell-bent in their views that the sole reason why Aidan and Joseph O'Brien have conquered some of the greatest prizes in racing, is because they have all the best horses at their disposal. It sounds somewhat plausible, doesn't it? Aidan and Joseph have been...

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“We Love Winning Races” – Joseph O'Brien Records 1,000th Winner

One thousand winners and counting. Joseph O'Brien passed yet another important milestone in his training career on Saturday when Al Riffa (Fr) (Wootton Bassett {GB}) became his 1,000th winner in the opening seven-furlong maiden at the Curragh. And what style it was achieved in. Al Riffa, who emerged as a major eye-catcher when staying on for second in a Curragh maiden last month, showed the benefit of that initial outing to confirm himself a potential top-notcher in the making. It was just over six years ago when O'Brien enjoyed a...

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Galileo's Proud And Regal Makes All In The Tyros

Leopardstown's G3 Japan Racing Association Tyros S. had played host to three subsequent Classic-winning sons of Galileo (Ire) in the last eight years and the dream is very much alive for Donnacha O'Brien after the late great's son Proud And Regal (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) led at every step in Thursday's renewal. Off the mark on debut on yielding ground over this seven-furlong trip at The Curragh June 26, the son of Simply Perfect (GB) (Danehill) was sent forward by Gavin Ryan on this livelier surface to boss events and raced...

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'We Know we are Succeeding Because John [O'Connor] is Laughing at us Less'

They have reached dizzy heights as breeders and now Gillian and Vimal Khosla are concentrating on achieving big-race success as owners with Fennela (Ire) (Sea The Stars {Ire}), a daughter of their outstanding broodmare Green Room (Theatrical {Ire}), in Saturday's G1 Juddmonte Irish Oaks. The Khoslas know a thing or two about breeding top-notchers. Green Room is the dam of three Group 1 or Classic winners and the owner-breeders behind the 20-year-old blue hen are hoping there is still more to come.  Lord Shanakill (Speightstown) was the first horse to...

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Showcasing Colt Edges Tipperary Thriller

In as tight a finish as it gets, the result of Wednesday's Listed Tipperary S. was decided merely by the way each of the trio Wodao (Fr) (Showcasing {GB}), Ardad's Great (GB) (Ardad {Ire}) and The Antarctic (Ire) (Dark Angel {Ire}) were bobbing as the photo was taken with the former getting the luck as his nose thrust briefly in front of his two rivals. Admirably consistent since his introduction when fifth in the hot six-furlong Curragh maiden Apr. 10 contested by Tough Talk (Ire) (Kingman {GB}), Little Big Bear (Ire)...

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Real Madrid Star Odriozola: “My Dream is to Own a Horse of a Lifetime”

After a brief hiatus during Royal Ascot, TDN Europe's weekly Q&A series is back with Real Madrid and Spanish football star Alvaro Odriozola telling Brian Sheerin all about his endeavours in racing so far, his friendship with Joseph O'Brien and his ambitions to own a "horse of a lifetime."  At just 25 years of age, Odriozola has already enjoyed a hugely successful career as a footballer and revealed how he adopts a similar mindset to racehorse ownership and breeding by saying "you have to dream big in order to get...

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O'Brien Supplements “Improving” Oaks Winner Tuesday For Irish Derby

Aidan O'Brien has supplemented Cazoo Oaks winner Tuesday (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) for the G1 Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh on Saturday.  Tuesday will be ridden by Ryan Moore as she bids to become the third horse to win the Oaks and the Irish Derby, following on from Salsabil (GB) (Sadler's Wells) in 1990 and Balanchine (Storm Bird {Can}) four years later.  O'Brien, a record-breaking 14-time winner of the Irish Derby, has also left Anchorage (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), Changingoftheguard (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), Stone Age (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) and...

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Stone Age The Prime Choice for Moore

ROSEGREEN, Ireland--Ryan Moore will find it difficult to ride anything other than Stone Age (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) in the Cazoo Derby, according to Aidan O'Brien, who may be without the ace--Luxembourg (Ire) (Camelot {GB})--in his Epsom pack, but expects to run up to six colts as he bids for a record-extending ninth win in the race on June 4. Stone Age didn't just open the door to a tilt at the Derby in winning the G3 Derby Trial at Leopardstown on Sunday, he kicked it open and announced himself as...

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Piz Badile Headed to Epsom

He won the Oaks as a rider and now Donnacha O'Brien is concentrating on securing more big-race riches at Epsom by confirming Piz Badile (Ire) (Ulysses {Ire}) to be on course for the Cazoo Derby June 4. Piz Badile announced himself as a genuine Derby contender when fighting tooth and nail to beat Buckaroo (GB) (Fastnet Rock {Aus}) in the G3 Ballysax S. at Leopardstown last month and, while O'Brien suggested a return to Leopardstown for the G3 Derrinstown Derby Trial could be a possibility at the time, the trainer...

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First Black Type Winner For Ulysses As Piz Badile Prevails

Aidan, Joseph and Donnacha O'Brien were responsible for six of the nine runners in Saturday's G3 P.W. McGrath Memorial Ballysax S. and it was the pair of juniors who played out the finish with the youngest prevailing after a thriller involving Piz Badile (Ire) (Ulysses {Ire}) and Buckaroo (GB) (Fastnet Rock {Aus}). Flaxman Stables Ireland's Piz Badile had been a half-length second to TDN Rising Star Duke de Sessa (Ire) (Lope de Vega {Ire}) in the nine-furlong G3 Eyrefield S. here in October, but had a three-pound pull with that rival...

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Observations: Son of G1SW Together Forever Debuts at Dundalk

Observations on the European Racing Scene turns the spotlight on the best European races of the day, highlighting well-pedigreed horses early in their careers, horses of note returning to action and young runners that achieved notable results in the sales ring. Sunday's Insights features a colt out of Group 1 winner Together Forever. 1.00 Dundalk, Mdn, €14,000, 2yo, 8f (AWT) ABSOLUTE RULER (War Front) is the third foal out of the G1 Fillies' Mile winner Together Forever (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), with her previous two being last year's G3 Tyros S....

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Shale Resurfaces in Irish 1000 Guineas

Shale (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), who won the G1 Moyglare Stud S. at two, is in good form ahead of a start in the G1 Tattersalls 1000 Guineas on May 23. Trainer Donnacha O'Brien reported that the daughter of Guineas winner Homecoming Queen (Ire) (Holy Roman Emperor {Ire}) had emerged from her fifth-place run in the G3 Ballylinch Stud "Priory Belle" 1000 Guineas Trial S. at Leopardstown in April in good order. Breaking her maiden at second asking in July last year, Shale defeated Pretty Gorgeous (Fr) (Lawman {Fr}) in the...

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