Joseph O’Brien has four winners on his first day as a trainer

Joseph O’Brien has four winners on his first day as a trainer

Joseph O’Brien was all of a month old when his father Aidan trained his first winner. Now aged 23, Joseph recently received his own training licence and has got his new career off to a spectacular start.

He trained four winners on his first afternoon as a trainer. The former Group 1 winning jockey wasn’t even in attendance at either Gowran Park or Listowel to lead his horses to the winners’ enclosure. He was busy at the sales buying yet more future winners.


On Monday Joseph O’Brien sent seven horses out to race on his first day as a trainer. Four of them won.

The first was Justice Frederick at 6/4, ridden by Joseph’s younger brother Donnacha. Trainer and jockey beat their father’s horse into second place!

the o'brien family walk racecourse

Left to right; Donnacha, Joseph and Aidan O’Brien


Later in the day at Gowran Park, Donnacha rode another winner, Zig Zag at odds of 7/1, this time in the colours of Aidan’s wife, Anne-Marie.

Over at Listowel O’Brien trained two winners, Mai Fitzs Jack at 4/9 and Oathkeeper at odds of 11/8. That winner was ridden by Joseph’s sister, Sarah.

It should come as no surprise to anyone that Aidan’s children are so gifted in and out of the saddle. Both their father and mother were themselves children born to racehorse trainers.

The O’Brien family looks set to dominate Irish racing for decades to come.

I'm Vernon Grant, also known as the Profitable Punter. For 25 years a TV producer, including of many sports programmes, I have been making an annual profit via betting on horse racing and football since 1998. I analyse all UK racing and football for my members and offer betting tips all year long.


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