Vincent O'Brien is a horse-racing legend. Recently voted horse racing's "greatest of all time", ahead of familiar names like Lester Piggott, the Queen Mother and Sheikh Mohammed, O'Brien has won every race that matters in Britain and Ireland over his 50-year career. O'Brien is the only man to have trained three consecutive Grand National winners. He trained some of the best-known racehorses of all time - including Nijinksy, winner of the triple crown in 1970, The Minstrel and Alleged. He won three consecutive Grand National winners. He won three consecutive Gold Cups and three consecutive Champion Hurdles. He has had extraordinary success in flat racing too - six Derby winners, three winners of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, three King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes winners and twenty-five races at Royal Ascot. He trained some of the best-known racehorses in the history of the sport - including Nijinsky, winner of the Triple Crown in 1970. His life has been a fascinating one. From humble beginnings in County Cork, he chose to train racehorses as his career - much to the benefit of the sport - and went on to create the legendary Ballydoyle Stables.
Here his extraordinary story is told by his wife, Jacqueline, and distinguished racing writer Ivor Herbert. Lavishly illustrated with her personal and public photographs that span his amazing life, this book is a must for anyone with an interest in horses or racing.
Jacqueline O'Brien is married to Vincent O'Brien and lived in Ireland at Ballydoyle for over fifty years. She is an honours graduate of the University of Western Australia and the Open University, co-author and photographer of Great Irish Houses and Castles and Dublin, a Grand Tour, and photographer of Ancient Ireland. She is co-author of Vincent O'Brien's Great Horses. All her four books were number-one bestsellers. Ivor Herbert has written twenty-three books, of which fourteen have been about horses and racing, including the continuing bestsellers Red Rum and Arkle. He trained racehorses himself, with some success, winning the Gold Cup in 1957, the youngest Englishman to do so since the Second World War (though Vincent was younger by a year when Cottage Rake won in 1948). Ivor has been a friend of the O'Brien family for over thirty years.