Donnacha O’Brien: ‘I know if I mess up, I’m not going to lose any rides’

The Classic-winning 19-year-old is enjoying the freedom of riding for his brother but admits he does not know what his future holds

While he has proved superbly effective in big races this season, nothing better shows the maturity of Donnacha O’Brien and the quality of his upbringing than his response to a somewhat unexpected line of criticism directed at him this weekend. “I think he might be the wild one of the family, from what I hear” a British-based trainer said on Sunday, live on Racing UK. “I wish he’d stop snapchatting my 16-year-old daughter.”

Perhaps the 19-year-old jockey gets this kind of thing from a lot of fathers. He was, after all, described as “darkly handsome” by one recent interviewer. But he puts a bit of thought into formulating his answer as we talk in The Curragh’s weighing room, taking care to avoid caddishly causing embarrassment to anyone else and eventually settling for: “He made me sound worse than I was.”

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