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Aidan O'Brien

Aidan O’Brien was the Champion Amateur Jockey of 1993/94, the same season in which he trained his first winner, on his first day as a licensed Trainer. In 1996, he would become Ireland’s youngest ever Champion Trainer, a title he has now held continuously since 1998. In 2001, he became the youngest ever Champion British Trainer, and the first overseas holder of the title since, well, since one Dr. M.V. O’Brien. You may be beginning to spot a pattern here. Under the quiet gaze of the Master of Ballydoyle today, Champions learn their craft. Europe’s leading sire Galileo and the USA’s best young sire Giant’s Causeway are just two of the string of exceptional talents that have blossomed on his watch before making their way to Coolmore farms in Ireland, the US and the Hunter Valley in Australia. Aidan is still a young man, and this table tells quite a tale. Watch this space.

  • Records

Ireland:

1000 Guineas (5):

Imagine, Classic Park, Yesterday, Halfway To Heaven, Misty For Me.

2000 Guineas (9):

Black Minnaloushe, Desert King, Saffron Walden, Rock of Gibraltar, Henrythenavigator, Mastercraftsman, Roderic O Connor, Power, Magician.

Champion Stakes (7):

Giant’s Causeway, High Chaparral, Oratorio, Dylan Thomas (x 2), Cape Blanco, So You Think.

Derby (10):

Desert King, Galileo, High Chaparral, Dylan Thomas, Soldier Of Fortune, Frozen Fire, Fame And Glory, Cape Blanco, Treasure Beach, Camelot.

Matron Stakes (1):

Lillie Langtry.

Moyglare Stakes (6):

Quarter Moon, Necklace, Sequoyah, Rumplestiltskin, Misty For Me, Maybe.

National Stakes (8):

Desert King, Beckett, King of Kings, One Cool Cat, Hawk Wing, George Washington, Mastercraftsman, Power.

Oaks (3):

Alexandrova, Peeping Fawn, Moonstone.

Phoenix Stakes (12):

Johannesburg, One Cool Cat, Fasliyev, Spartacus, Minardi, Lavery, George Washington, Holy Roman Emperor, Mastercraftsman, Alfred Nobel, Zoffany, Pedro The Great.

Pretty Polly Stakes (2):

Peeping Fawn, Misty For Me.

St Leger (2):

Yeats, Septimus.

Tattersalls Gold Cup (6):

Black Sam Bellamy, Powerscourt, Duke Of Marmalade, Fame And Glory, So You Think x 2.

France:

Criterium de Saint Cloud (4):

Ballingarry, Alberto Giacometti, Recital, Fame And Glory.

Criterium International (3):

Mount Nelson, Jan Vermeer, Roderic O Connor.

French 1000 Guineas:

Rose Gypsy.

French 2000 Guineas (3):

Landseer, Aussie Rules, Astronomer Royal.

Grand Criterium (7):

Hold That Tiger, Rock of Gibraltar, Second Empire, Ciro, Oratorio, Horatio Nelson, Holy Roman Emperor.

Grand Prix de Paris (2):

Scorpion, Imperial Monarch.

Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (1):

Dylan Thomas.

Prix de la Salamandre:

Giant’s Causeway.

Prix du Moulin:

Rock of Gibraltar.

Prix Ganay (2):

Dylan Thomas, Duke Of Marmalade.

Prix Jacques Le Marois:

Excelebration.

Prix Lupin:

Ciro.

Prix Marcel Boussac (2):

Rumplestiltskin, Misty For Me.

Prix Maurice de Gheest:

King Charlemagne

Prix Morny (3):

Johannesburg, Fasliyev, Orpen

Prix Royal Oak:

Yeats.

Italy:

Gran Criterium (2):

Spartacus, Sholokhov.

Gran Premio del Jockey Club:

Black Sam Bellamy.

U.A.E.:

Dubai Sheema Classic (1):

St Nicholas Abbey

North America:

Arlington Million (2):

Powerscourt, Cape Blanco.

Breeders Cup Juvenile Turf (2):

Wrote, George Vancouver

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile:

Johannesburg.

Breeders’ Cup Turf (4):

High Chaparral x 2, St Nicholas Abbey, Magician

Canadian International (2):

Ballingarry, Joshua Tree.

Joe Hirsch Turf Classic:

Cape Blanco.

Keeneland Turf Mile (2):

Landseer, Aussie Rules.

Man O War Stakes (1):

Cape Blanco.

Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup:

Together.

Secretariat Stakes (2):

Ciro, Treasure Beach.

England:

1000 Guineas (2):

Virginia Waters, Homecoming Queen.

2000 Guineas (6):

King of Kings, Rock of Gibraltar, Footstepsinthesand, George Washington, Henrythenavigator, Camelot.

Ascot Gold Cup (5):

Yeats x 4, Fame And Glory

Coronation Cup (7):

Yeats, Scorpion, Soldier Of Fortune, Fame And Glory, St Nicholas Abbey (3).

Coronation Stakes (2):

Sophisticat, Lillie Langtry.

Derby (4):

Galileo, High Chaparral, Camelot & Ruler Of The World

Dewhurst Stakes (3):

Rock of Gibraltar, Beethoven, War Command.

Eclipse Stakes (5):

Hawk Wing, Giant’s Causeway, Oratorio, Mount Nelson, So You Think.

Fillies Mile (2):

Listen, Sunspangled.

Golden Jubilee Stakes (1):

Starspangledbanner.

Juddmonte International (4):

Giant’s Causeway, Duke of Marmalade, Rip Van Winkle, Declaration Of War

July Cup (3):

Stravinsky, Mozart, Starspangledbanner.

King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (3):

Galileo, Dylan Thomas, Duke Of Marmalade.

Lockinge Stakes (1):

Hawk Wing.

Middle Park Stakes (4):

Johannesburg, Minardi, Ad Valorem, Crusade.

Nassau Stakes (2):

Peeping Fawn, Halfway To Heaven.

Nunthorpe Stakes (2):

Stravinsky, Mozart.

Oaks (4):

Shahtoush, Imagine, Alexandrova, Was.

Prince of Wales’s Stakes (2):

Duke Of Marmalade, So You Think.

Queen Anne Stakes (3):

Ad Valorem, Haradasun, Declaration of War.

Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (3):

George Washington, Rip Van Winkle, Excelebration

Racing Post Trophy (7):

Saratoga Springs, Brian Boru, High Chaparral, Aristotle, St Nicholas Abbey, Camelot, Kingsbarns.

St James‘s Palace Stakes (6):

Black Minnaloushe, Giant‘s Causeway, Rock of Gibraltar, Excellent Art, Henrythenavigator, Mastercraftsman.

St Leger (4):

Milan, Brian Boru, Scorpion, Leading Light.

Sun Chariot Stakes:

Halfway To Heaven.

Sussex Stakes (4):

Rock of Gibraltar, Giant’s Causeway, Henrythenavigator, Rip Van Winkle.

Yorkshire Oaks (2):

Alexandrova, Peeping Fawn.