Betfair Presents | Serial Winners: Joseph O'Brien

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He's the son of Aidan O'Brien and won the Guineas, Derby, Leger and Breeders' Cup as a jockey... but this doesn't mean success as a trainer comes easy. Get exclusive behind the scenes insight on Joseph O'Brien in Betfair's new film...

"I think this documentary gives a fair reflection of what we do here and the attitude we approach our lives with. Hopefully it's only the first chapter of our story."

Joseph is star of the show in Betfair's newly released film 'Serial Winners', which documents his career in racing from jockey to trainer, and the challenges he's faced being part of the famous O'Brien family, one of the biggest names in the sport.

Including testimonials from the likes of Kevin Blake, Kevin O'Ryan and Ted Walsh, the mini-documentary delivers the inside track on racing's most exciting young trainer and is the third edition of Betfair's 'Serial Winners' catalogue, having already documented the extraordinary careers of 11-time champion trainer, Paul Nicholls and former Heavyweight Champion of the World, David Haye.

Success in the saddle at an early age

After riding his first winner less than a week after turning 16 - while he was still attending school - Joseph went on to have a successful early career as a high-class rider.

Riding Camelot in 2012, he and his father became the first father-and-son trainer and jockey duo to win at the Derby. He also had significant wins at the Ascot Gold Cup, 2000 Guineas and Irish Derby, amongst other huge race wins worldwide including in the USA and UAE.

At almost six-foot tall, O'Brien's ongoing challenges to make racing weight saw him step off the saddle in 2016 and focus on his other passion, training horses.


At the age of just 26, O'Brien has achieved so much as a trainer already, winning the Irish Derby, The Melbourne Cup and The Fillies' Mile in recent times. The film describes the focus, driven personality and natural instinct that make him a world-class operator in a truly global sport.

Just the beginning

Commenting on the documentary, Betfair ambassador Joseph said: "I'm very grateful to have achieved what I have to date in my career, both in and out of the saddle. None of it would have been possible without all the support from my family and the team here on Owning Hill. I think this documentary gives a fair reflection of what we do here and the attitude we approach our lives with. Hopefully it's only the first chapter of our story."

Agent Kevin O'Ryan, discussing O'Brien's potential, said, "What he's achieved in a very short period of time has been exceptional, I think this is only the beginning. Fast forward 20 years, what will Joseph O'Brien have achieved by then? It could be phenomenal."


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*You can read Joseph O'Brien's exclusive thoughts on his big runners, including at next week's Glorious Goodwoon and Galway Festival, at

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