Joseph O’Brien has achieved more in racing at the age of 24 that most could dream of achieving in a lifetime, yet the remarkable thing is that he is really only just getting started.
As a jockey he rode 31 Group/Grade 1 winners including two renewals of the Derby at Epsom before the inevitable day came where his substantial frame made it impractical for him to make the weight required to ride on the Flat.
While he was still just 22 years old when that day came, he had already been playing a major role as a trainer under his father Aidan's name on Owning Hill, with him being given all the credit for the success of Ivanovich Gorbatov in the JCB Triumph Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in 2016.
Having been granted his own licence to train in June 2016, O’Brien made the perfect start by saddling four winners on his first day with runners and hasn’t looked back since.
He reached a notable milestone when saddling his first Group 1 winner as a trainer when Intricately won the Moyglare Stud Stakes under his brother Donnacha last year and since then he has been saddling ever-increasing numbers of winners under both codes and notably saddled Tigris River to win the Galway Hurdle.
Joseph sat down with attheraces.com’s Kevin Blake to discuss his National Hunt team for the upcoming season.