John O’Shea grew up in Mareeba in North Queensland, starting his career in racing by mucking out boxes for the local trainers. He attended University in Toowoomba, graduating with a degree in journalism but he shunned a career in the media as he preferred to return home to work on the family farm and play his beloved rugby league.

John moved to Sydney in 1995 and served his apprenticeship under the great Tommy Smith. He also had stints with Bart Cummings, Gai Waterhouse and Garry Moore before branching out on his own in 1999 where he enjoyed success with Group 1 performers Charge Forward, Bedouin, Foxwedge and Private Steer amoung many others.

John returned to the public training ranks in August 2017 after spending three successful years as Godolphin's head trainer in Australia. In that time he celebrated more than 550 winners including 10 Group 1 victories with the likes of Astern, It's Somewhat and Exosphere. Renowned for his professional no nonsense attitude, John has proven his ability to train all types of racehorses and invariably extract the best out of them.

John O'Shea Racing
7A High Street
Randwick NSW 2031
Phone: 02 9188 1010
Contact racing@johnoshearacing.com.au