Born November 13, 1980 in Ireland, Colm O’Donoghue has been a stable jockey at Aidan O’Brien’s Ballydoyle stables for about a dozen years. Although never the first jockey to the stable, he has been a key member of the tem during that time and in his career to date has ridden close to 300 winners.
He rode his first winner at Sligo on 24th June 1997 on a horse called My Lorraine, trained by Aidan O’Brien. Since then he has had success at Group 1 level, very often when riding one of the less fancied stable mounts in the race.
Colm won his first Group 1 race in 2002 in the Phoenix Stakes on Spartacus, and won the French 2000 Guineas in 2007 on Astronomer Royal. In 2009 he won at Group 1 level again on Jan Vermeer in the Criterium International, and the following year in 2010 he won the Canadian International Gr I at Woodbine on Joshua Tree.
But for this Irishman, surely the highlight of his career to date must be winning his country’s Derby in 2011 at The Curragh on Treasure Beach, who went on to win the 2011 Secretariat Stakes at Arlington.