May 22, 2013
wife Anne-Marie and children Joseph, Sarah, Anna and Dennis
Aidan O Brien inherited license for racing from his father-in- law at 23 and set his first win on the debut day with Wandering Thoughts at Tralee. He sprouted to a full-fledg ed trainer under a safe umbrella of John Magnier and Michael Tabor of the Coolmore Group. Aidan finished second in his first season at Ballydoyle while snatched that title in 1997. O Brien had hard luck in 1998 when he finished third but took revenge by regaining the title in 1999 and continued winning for the next couple of years. His Desert King brought him first group 1 win in the 1996 National Stakes registered seven European classics title in 2001 won the British Championsh ip again in 2002 and claimed titles in 2005 and 2006 also.
|• Champion amateur rider over jumps in the 1993-4 season, Aidan O Brien had victories in seven European classics, and 22 out of the 78 group 1 races contested around Europe, makng him the first overseas trainer to win the British trainers title since Vincent O Brien in 1977 with 20 victories from 99 runners and almost 3.4 million in prize money. Some of his stable stars of 2006 include George Washington, Alexandrova, Dylan Thomas, Yeats and Holy Roman Emperor. His top performers of past include Rock of Gibraltar, Galileo, High Chapparal, Giant s Causeway, Scorpion, Hawk Wing, Johannesburg, Stravinsky and King of Kings, Yesterday, Minardi, Spartacus, Sequoyah, Necklace, Black Sam Bellamy, Shahtoush, Sophisticat, Mozart, Saratoga Springs, Aristotle, Sunspangled, Landseer, Orpen, Fasliyev, Second Empire, Ciro, Hold That Tiger, Brian Boru, Powerscourt, Ad Valorem, Oratorio and King Charlemagne. Aidan has winning titles in Breeders Cup, 2000 Secretariat Stakes (Ciro), 2002 Shadwell Turf Mile (Landseer) and 2005 Arlington Million (Powerscourt).|