Ballydoyle Racing Stable in Rosegreen, Co. Tipperary is acknowledged by many racing experts to be the finest training establishment in the world.
Firstly Vincent O’Brien, and now his unrelated namesake Aidan O’Brien, have sent out horses from this tranquil setting to win all the major races in Europe and the USA. Vincent’s son David also used the Ballydoyle gallops during his brief but spectacularly successful training career in the early 1980’s.
The success at Ballydoyle led to the foundation of the nearby Coolmore Stud in the early 1970’s when Vincent O’Brien joined forces with his future son in law, the stud master John Magnier along with major British owner Robert Sangster.
Since 1966 only two overseas trainers have landed the trainers championship in Britain. Remarkably, both were based at Ballydoyle with Vincent topping the table in 1966 and 1977 and Aidan becoming leading trainer in 2001, 2002, 2007, 2008, 2016 and 2017 when he also trained the winners of a world record-breaking 28 Gr.1 races.