4 March 2021

Flemington trainer Danny O'Brien at Flemington in the Mounting Yard

Danny O’Brien Racing

Danny O’Brien was a fledgling trainer in 1995 when he arrived at Flemington, housing his horses up on the hill at Leonard Crescent and walking them down every day for work at the track just like the master, and his former boss, Bart Cummings. Fast-forward 25 years and Danny not only has 50 horses stabled at the track, but is also a Lexus Melbourne Cup, Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate and Blue Diamond Stakes-winning trainer (among numerous others), with additional facilities in Barwon Heads and Geelong. He has watched the development of Flemington over the past few decades, and is proud to be part of the ‘family’. 

“We lack for nothing here at Flemington. The facilities are outstanding, especially the training tracks, which I believe are better than anywhere else in Australia. The results speak for themselves, and it’s a real advantage training the horses where they race,” said Danny.

Everyone knows the famous Flemington green turf, where history is made, but Danny especially enjoys pointing out the training tracks inside the course proper to owners and others. “Many people don’t notice that they are even there, so I like to bring their attention to them. Liam O’Keeffe and his team do an excellent job of looking after them.”

Danny’s Flemington complex is a state-of-the-art facility, and includes walkers and treadmills to complement the other amenities at Flemington such as the training tracks and swimming facility. The stable’s dedicated staff provides round-the-clock care to their equine athletes, with days beginning in the very early hours of the morning.

The three Danny O’Brien Racing facilities each have important roles to play in the stable’s success: Barwon Heads is where younger horses are educated and get their start (and enjoy the pleasures of riding on Thirteenth Beach); Geelong is a quiet environment where they can get further education; and Flemington is where they call home once they are ready to race. 

Along with the world-class complexes, Danny believes the people who work for the stable are equally as important. “We have staff dedicated to working at each facility, but some people like my Flemington assistant trainer, Ben Gleeson, float between them. We make sure that every horse is cared for, and that the owners are a real part of our journey. We’re certainly big on making sure that it’s a shared experience along the way.”

With so much success already, and chapters written in the history books, what can we expect from Danny O’Brien Racing in the near future? “In the Australian Cup this week we think that Paradee will be very competitive and have a great chance. Sovereign Award is also very fit and will run the 1600m (in the Group 3 Lexus Matron Stakes) really well. Russian Camelot has a spot in the All Star Mile, and we are looking forward to that, also.”

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