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Trainer Aidan O'Brien. Photo: Sportsfile

Trainer Aidan O'Brien. Photo: Sportsfile

Trainer Aidan O'Brien. Photo: Sportsfile

The racehorse training and bloodstock firm operated by the country's most successful horse trainer, Aidan O'Brien, last year enjoyed a bumper year, recording profits of €366,685.

Showing that the Co Wexford native has the Midas touch on and off the racecourse, new figures lodged with the Companies Office show that O'Brien's Whisperview Trading saw its accumulated profits rise by €366,685 to €5.99m last year.

The profits of €366,685 followed profits at the firm of €1.269m in fiscal 2013.

O'Brien (45) oversees the Ballydoyle stable at John Magnier's Coolmore empire in south Tipperary. A highlight of the year under review was the O'Brien-trained Ruler of the World winning the English Investec Derby in June 2013, scooping £782,314 in prize money.

O'Brien's Australia - ridden by his son, Joseph - completed a hat-trick of Derby wins last June for O'Brien-trained horses making it the first time that a trainer ever saddled the flat racing Classic winner three years running. The figures show that Whisperview Trading's cash pile during the year decreased sharply from €1.14m to €234,609.

The strong performance by the firm coincided with O'Brien horses scooping prize money totalling £6.6m on the British and Irish flat in 2013 and this followed O'Brien-trained horses winning £6.2m in the UK and Ireland in 2012.

In 2013, O'Brien-trained horses scooped £3.8m in prize money in Ireland. Over the last five seasons, O'Brien horses have won £32.94m in prize money in Ireland and the UK.

Irish Independent