He won the Champion Apprentice title that season and rounded off the year by becoming the youngest jockey, at 18, to win a Breeders' Cup race when successful on St Nicholas Abbey in the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Turf.
Joseph O’Brien was a successful Jockey he rode 2639 times winning 519 times, he was a winner of 31 Group 1 races 11 of them Classics, 13 Group 2 races and 46 Group 3 races. He was just 17 years of age when riding his first Classic winner on Roderic O'Connor in the Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh in 2011.
He was Champion Jockey in 2012 and easily retained his title in 2013 when he set a new record of 126 winners in a season, comfortably eclipsing Michael Kinane's 20-year-old record of 115 winners.
He was widely credited with the success of the 2016 Grade 1 Triumph Hurdle winner Ivanovich Gorbatov, although his father was the official trainer.
Joseph enjoyed his first winner as a trainer in Britain when the Jimmy Quinn-ridden Lynn's Memory won at Bath on June 17th, 2017. He reached 100 winners in a calendar year for the first time when Detailed, ridden by Wayne Lordan, won the Listed Martin Molony Stakes at Limerick on Saturday, October 7th, 2017.
Joseph briefly returned to the saddle to win the Clipper Logistics Leger Legends Classified Stakes on the George Scott-trained Phosphorescence at Doncaster on September 7th, 2016 and just four days later landed his first Group 1 success as a trainer when Intricately, bred by his mother Annmarie and ridden by his brother Donnacha, won the Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh on Longines Irish Champions Weekend.
Joseph a Leger Legend
Melbourne Cup Memories
Joseph gained his first Grade 1 wins in the National Hunt sphere at the inaugural Dublin Racing Festival at Leopardstown in early February 2018. When he won the Nathaniel Lacy & Partners Solicitors Novice Hurdle with the JJ Slevin-ridden Tower Bridge, a maiden over hurdles going into the race, on the opening day of the Festival and was followed up when Edwulf, ridden by leading amateur rider Derek O'Connor, won the Grade 1 Unibet Irish Gold Cup on the second day.
Edwulf takes the Irish Gold Cup
To date Joseph has trained over 200 winners in his short training career, he has had 2 Group 1 winners, 1 Group 2 winner and 1 Group 3 winner on the flat,
Jockey’s: - As at 18.05.2018
Apprentice Claims 7lbs (8st) rider wins 4 from 46 rides. His best season is 2018 with 4 wins, 3 x 2nd, 6 x 3rd & 2 x 4th.
Apprentice Claims 5lbs (8st 8lbs). His best season was 2015 when he rode 12 winners. In the last 7 seasons he has had 355 rides with 27 wins, 35 x 2nd, 27 x 3rd & 30 x 4th.
Apprentice Claims 10lbs (7st 8lbs). His best season was 2017 when he rode 1 winner 1 x 3rd & 2 x 4th. In the last 2 season he has had 28 rides.