Aidan O’Brien, Horse Racing Trainer – In Profile
Aidan O’Brien was the trainer that followed on Vincent O’Brien (see our blog post on Vincent here) at the Ballydoyle stables in County Tipperary.
Despite sharing their name, Aidan and Vincent were not related and just shared a love and talent with horses. Aidan’s father was a small time horse trainer so Aidan would have been surrounded by horses and gained his passion for them at a very young age.
Aidan’s first job in the professional racing world was working at P.J Finn’s racing stables in county Kildare. His career first came to the fore in the 1993/1994 season where he became the champion Amateur Jockey and in the same season he trained his first winner. By 1996 he was crowned as the Irish Champion trainer and in doing so became the youngest to have ever been awarded the title. He has since held this title in every season since 1998.
In 2001 he became the British Champion Trainer and in doing so again became the youngest to have ever won the title. He was also the only overseas trainer to have been awarded this title since his namesake and horseracing legend Vincent O’Brien.
Aidan became a trainer at Ballydoyle stables in 1996 and has since been a powerhouse on the trainer’s circuit throughout the UK and Ireland. In 2005 Kieran Fallon started as the stable jockey for Ballydoyle and immediately announced his arrival by winning the Irish 1000 Guineas and the 2000 Guineas as well as a string of other major victories such as Eclipse stakes, Irish Champion Stakes and St. Leger.
Throughout his career thus far Aidan has trained so many winners including winning the 1000 Guineas twice, 2000 Guineas six times, Epsom Derby five times, Coronation Cup seven times and the International stakes four times just to name a few of his many UK wins. His record in Ireland is equally impressive with 9 wins in the Irish 2000 Guineas, eleven in the Irish Derby and twelve in the Phoenix stakes.
Aidan’s surname gave him a lot to live up to especially when he continued the legacy left by Vincent at the Ballydoyle stables but Aidan has stepped up to the plate and delivered in fine style. He has won many great races and trained many great horses and continues to perform well.