Donnacha O’Brien voted Jockey of the Month for October

Jockey Donnacha O’Brien has been named October’s Jockey of the Month following two terrific triumphs on QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot Racecourse on Saturday 19th October, which marked the end of the 2019 Flat Jockeys’ Championship.

He scoops the award after receiving 44% of the vote, ahead of fellow nominees Sean Levey (30%) and Jason Watson (26%), who finished second and third respectively.

O’Brien, son of six-time Champion Trainer, Aidan O’Brien, secured two standout victories on Britain’s ultimate raceday. Firstly with an incredible win aboard Kew Gardens in the QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup, beating pre-race favourite Stradivarius by a nose in a thrilling contest.

The 21-year-old then followed this with a superb performance aboard Magical in the QIPCO Champion Stakes finishing ahead of second-placed Addeybb and clinching a first win in the race for both Donnacha and Aidan O’Brien. Both victories also marked Donnacha O’Brien’s maiden victories at Ascot Racecourse.

On being named Jockey of the Month, O’Brien said: “It’s a huge honour to be voted Jockey of the Month. I was very lucky to have two exceptional wins in October – both on QIPCO British Champions Day, and I’d like to thank everyone who voted for me.

“The win with Kew Gardens, beating Stradivarius who has been so hard to beat over the last two seasons, was fantastic. It was a great battle and I was delighted to come out on top. Then winning with Magical in the QIPCO Champion Stakes, she really showed her class. It was nice to end the season with those two wins on the biggest stage of them all.”

In winning the competition, Donnacha O’Brien is awarded £1,000 and has selected the Injured Jockeys’ Fund for his £500 charity donation of his choice.

 

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