Joseph O'Brien Stable Tour

    The rise and rise of Joseph O’Brien continued last season in which he scored a Grade 1 double and finished third in the trainer’s championship and here he gives us the inside track on his talented young team for 2018/19.
  • Thursday 18 October 2018
  • Stable Tours

Joseph O’Brien has achieved more in racing at the age of 25 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 arrives, he had already been playing a major role as a trainer under his father Aidan O’Brien’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 has since saddled four separate Group 1 winners on the Flat and has enjoyed Grade 1 success with Tower Bridge and Edwulf over jumps, which came in his first full season as a National Hunt trainer in 2017/18, where he also finished third in the championship behind Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott.

Joseph sat down with Kevin Blake of attheraces.com to discuss his National Hunt team for the upcoming season.

Older Horses

Air Supremacy

Form Profile:

Rated 85 on the Flat, he won his first two starts over hurdles prior to disappointing in a Listed novice hurdle at Limerick.

Trainer Says:

I was delighted with his first two wins over hurdles and I thought he ran ok at Limerick last time. We’ll look for another novice hurdle or potentially a handicap for him next. He’ll keep going through the winter.

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Alighted

Form Profile:

Made an impressive winning debut in a bumper at Leopardstown’s Christmas meeting.

Trainer Says:

He won his only start in a bumper at Leopardstown last season. He had a little setback after that and we decided to give him plenty of time. He’ll go novice hurdling this season. We’ll start him off over two miles and feel our way with him from there.

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Ballyneety (GB)

  • 5-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Milan - Rock Me Gently (Sulamani)
  • Trained by: Joseph P O'Brien
  • Last Race: Leopardstown, 26 Dec 2017 15:30
  • Result: 3/11, chased leaders, 4th approaching straight, soon closed travelling smoothly and challenged under 2f out, led over 1f out, headed inside last, one pace and dropped to 3rd close home
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Form Profile:

Made an encouraging debut when third to Blackbow in a bumper at Leopardstown’s Christmas meeting.

Trainer Says:

He ran very well in his only run in a bumper for us last season. He picked up a little setback after that and we didn’t want to rush him back, that’s why he didn’t run again. He’ll go novice hurdling this season and we’ll start him off at two miles. He’s a nice horse and we are looking forward to him.

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Early Doors (FR)

Form Profile:

A 142-rated hurdler, he won a Grade 3 novice hurdle and was placed in a Grade 1 novice hurdle last season.

Trainer Says:

More than likely we’ll keep him over hurdles this season. We’ll look at Graded and handicap hurdles for him and it wouldn’t surprise if he stays further than two-and-a-half miles. He’ll be ready to go in four to six weeks.

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Edwulf (GB)

Form Profile:

A 162-rated chaser, he came back from almost dying at the Cheltenham Festival in 2017 to win the Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown in February.

Trainer Says:

He’s in good shape and looks brilliant. We haven’t set out specific targets for him yet, but it wouldn’t be a surprise if he ended up going down a similar road with him as we did last season.

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Housesofparliament

Form Profile:

A 138-rated hurdler, he successfully stepped up in trip when winning a three-mile handicap hurdle at Gowran Park in June.

Trainer Says:

He had a break since his last run. He won’t ever want the ground to be too soft, so we’ll pick our spots with him as best we can. He has seemed suited by stepping up to three miles and that trip on decent ground are probably his optimum conditions.

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Ivanovich Gorbatov (IRE)

Form Profile:

A 140-rated hurdler, he won the Triumph Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in 2016 and has been running well without winning in handicap company of late.

Trainer Says:

He ran very well in a handicap hurdle at Killarney and the ground was just too soft for him at Listowel. He’ll go where we can get the best ground for him and we’ll probably keep him to handicap company.

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Le Richebourg (FR)

Form Profile:

A 140-rated hurdler, he is unbeaten in two starts over fences including a Grade 3 novice chase at Tipperary in October.

Trainer Says:

He won very nicely at Tipperary last time and we are aiming him at the Drinmore Novice Chase at Fairyhouse. Barry Geraghty was very complimentary of his jumping, so hopefully he can go higher over fences than did over hurdles. He showed his best form on better ground over hurdles, but hopefully he can handle softer ground a little bit better over fences.

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Lone Wolf

Form Profile:

The winner of a bumper at the Punchestown Festival, he had previously shaped well on his hurdling debut in a Listed novice hurdle at Punchestown.

Trainer Says:

He is a nice horse. He ran a promising race on his hurdling debut at Punchestown before going back to bumpers and winning at the Punchestown Festival. He’ll go back hurdling this season and we’ll start him off over two miles.

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Midnight Run

Form Profile:

A full-brother to the smart bumper performer Carefully Selected, he made a winning debut in a bumper at Galway in October.

Trainer Says:

He won a bumper at Galway in good style. He has the option of going over hurdles now, but we might just stick to bumpers with him for the time being, as he’s only a four-year-old and he could do with a bit of time under him.

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9 Oct 2018:

Rhinestone

  • 5-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Montjeu - Apticanti (Aptitude)
  • Trained by: Joseph P O'Brien
  • Last Race: Naas, 10 Nov 2018 12:00
  • Result: Won/22, tracked leaders, pushed along briefly 4 out, headway to dispute lead travelling well before 2 out, pushed along before last, ridden to gain narrow lead inside final furlong, stayed on well under hands and heels close home, cosily
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Form Profile:

Won a bumper at Thurles in December and went on to finish second to Blackbow in a Grade 2 bumper at the Dublin Racing Festival at Leopardstown.

Trainer Says:

He was a very good bumper horse last season and the plan is to go novice hurdling with him. I think he should stay at least two-and-a-half miles and he’ll be ready to start off once we get a bit of rain. He’s one you’d be looking forward to.

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Shady Operator

Form Profile:

A 133-rated hurdler, he returned from five months off to be touched off in a novice hurdle at the Punchestown Festival.

Trainer Says:

He’s a nice horse that had a good novice hurdle campaign last season despite getting a setback in the middle of it. He’ll go novice chasing this season. He likes an ease in the ground and he should definitely stay at least two-and-a-half miles. He’s a fine big horse, 16-3hh, and he schools well, so you’d hope he can do well over fences.

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Speak Easy (GB)

Form Profile:

A 137-rated hurdler, he made an impressive winning hurdling debut at Navan in December and ran well without winning thereafter.

Trainer Says:

He is likely to go novice chasing this season. I thought he was a bit unlucky in a Grade 2 novice hurdle at Naas in February and he’s probably better than he showed last season. He’s a fine big horse that has always looked like a chaser, so we are looking forward to him.

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The Gunner Murphy

Form Profile:

Made a winning debut in a bumper at Galway in October and went on to finish second in a winner’s bumper at Leopardstown’s Christmas meeting.

Trainer Says:

The plan is to go novice hurdling with him this season. He was good horse in bumpers and we are looking forward to him. We’ll start him off around two miles, but he should stay a bit further in time.

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Tigris River

Form Profile:

A 143-rated hurdler, he produced a career-best effort when winning the Galway Hurdle in 2017 and has been mostly below form since then.

Trainer Says:

He had a break after Galway, but is back on the go now. He could stay hurdling or he could potentially go novice chasing, but we haven’t make a decision on him yet.

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Tower Bridge

Form Profile:

A 143-rated hurdler, he won a Grade 1 novice hurdle at the Dublin Racing Festival at Leopardstown and went on to acquit himself well at the Cheltenham Festival and the Aintree Grand National meeting.

Trainer Says:

He will go novice chasing this season. He won a Grade 1 novice hurdle and is a big horse that jumps fences well at home, so we are looking forward to him. Two-and-a-half miles to three miles will be his range.

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Triplicate

  • 5-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Galileo - Devoted To You (Danehill Dancer)
  • Trained by: Joseph P O'Brien
  • Last Race: Tipperary, 7 Oct 2018 15:45
  • Result: 2/6, raced in 5th, closed travelling smoothly approaching straight, challenged 2 out where on terms, soon headed and one pace approaching last
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Form Profile:

Rated 101 on the Flat, he has won two of his four starts over hurdles and most recently finished second in a Grade 3 novice hurdle at Tipperary in October.

Trainer Says:

I was delighted with his first two wins over hurdles, but I was a little bit disappointed to see him beaten at Tipperary, for all that he ran a good race in defeat. We’ll aim him towards the Royal Bond Novice Hurdle at Fairyhouse now. The softer the ground, the better it will suit him. He’ll stay further than two miles.

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Us And Them

Form Profile:

A 135-rated hurdler, he won two of his four starts over hurdles last season and was placed in Grade 3 novice hurdle company.

Trainer Says:

He’ll go novice chasing. We declared him to make his chasing debut at Punchestown during the week, but the ground was just a bit too quick, so we took him out. We’ll start him off once we get some rain. His schooling has been very good, so hopefully he can transfer that to the track.

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Vieux Morvan (FR)

  • 9-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Voix Du Nord - Moskoville (Kadalko)
  • Trained by: Joseph P O'Brien
  • Last Race: Listowel, 12 Sep 2018 16:20
  • Result: PU/18, soon prominent and disputed, led after 3rd, slow 6th and soon headed, 3rd halfway, weakened before 7 out, pulled up after 6 out
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Form Profile:

A 138-rated chaser, he finished second in the valuable Chanelle Pharma Handicap Chase at the Dublin Racing Festival at Leopardstown.

Trainer Says:

He’s been a little bit disappointing in recent starts, but we’ll keep going with him in those good handicaps. We’ll change a few things with him at home and can hopefully get him back on track. He potentially could be one to run over the Grand National fences at Aintree at some stage.

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