Joseph O'Brien Stable Tour

    Top trainer Joseph O’Brien took the Galway Hurdle in 2017 and he returns to Ballybrit with a strong team of both flat and national hunt horses.
  • Friday 27 July 2018
  • Stable Tours

Joseph O’Brien has continued his seemingly unstoppable rise to the top of the training ranks in recent months. With him already having saddled as many winners on the Flat in 2018 as he did in all of 2017, which include saddling Latrobe to Irish Derby glory, Joseph's attentions will now turn to the Galway Festival.

The 25-year-old had a Galway to remember last year of which the highlight was the win of Tigris River in the Galway Hurdle. O’Brien looks to have a formidable squad under both codes to go to war with at Ballybrit and he took time out of his busy schedule to guide Kevin Blake of attheraces.com through the pick of his big team.

Older Horses

Apparition

  • 4-y-o; brown gelding
  • Breeding: Dream Ahead - Bluebell Park (Gulch)
  • Trained by: Joseph P O'Brien
  • Last Race: Clonmel, 20 Sep 2018 17:30
  • Result: 4/7, tracked leader and clear of remainder, led approaching 5th, went on from before 7th, reduced lead 3 out, headed approaching straight, slight mistake 2 out, no extra and kept on same pace run-in
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Form Profile:

A 114-rated hurdler, he won a maiden hurdle in October and has been running well without winning on the Flat in recent starts.

Trainer Says:

I’m very happy with him at home. He’ll have a few entries during the week, but our first preference is for the 2m 5f handicap hurdle on Wednesday if he isn’t balloted out. I think he’ll stay the longer trip well. There is a chance he could run on the Flat later in the week as well.

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Bhutan

Form Profile:

A 126-rated hurdler, he won a maiden hurdle at Tipperary last year and ran his best race since when a close second in a handicap hurdle at Bellewstown in July.

Trainer Says:

We ran very well at Bellewstown and I think he’ll run in the 2m handicap hurdle on the Friday evening. That will be a drop back in trip for him, but he should be fine. The forecast rain is a worry for him, as he would definitely prefer good ground.

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Chateau Conti (FR)

Form Profile:

A 139-rated hurdler for Willie Mullins, he was bought for £13,000 in January and joined Joseph’s team. He made an encouraging start for Joseph when a close third in a conditions hurdle at Down Royal in June.

Trainer Says:

He’s a nice horse that we bought out of Willie Mullins’s yard and we were very happy with his first run for us at Down Royal last month. We have decided to go chasing with him and have entered him in the beginners’ chases over the 2m 2f on Tuesday and 2m 7f on Thursday. He seems to jump fences well at home and all being well he’ll run a good race.

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Derby De Thaix (FR)

  • 5-y-o; gelding
  • Breeding: Coastal Path - Rica De Thaix (Shaanmer)
  • Trained by: Joseph P O'Brien
  • Last Race: Galway, 17 Sep 2018 17:45
  • Result: 7/16, waited with, pushed along briefly 4th, rear and pushed along again next, some headway but no impression from before straight, kept on same pace
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Form Profile:

A 102-rated hurdler, he showed significant improvement to finish second in a handicap hurdle at Down Royal last time.

Trainer Says:

There is a danger he might not get in, but we hope to run him in the 2m handicap hurdle on Monday. He has been running well in similar races and we don’t think the best of him has been seen yet.

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Housesofparliament

Form Profile:

A 130-rated hurdler, he won a novice hurdle at the Galway Festival last year and has returned to action in good form this season, most recently finishing second in a winners’ hurdle at Ballinrobe in May.

Trainer Says:

The plan is to run him in the 2m 6f handicap hurdle on Saturday. He stayed the 3m trip really well at Gowran Park last time, so this course and distance should suit him well. Being a previous course winner is always a plus around here too. The main concern I’d have is that if they get a lot of rain, as he would definitely prefer good ground.

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Ivanovich Gorbatov

  • 6-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Montjeu - Northern Gulch (Gulch)
  • Trained by: Joseph P O'Brien
  • Last Race: Listowel, 13 Sep 2018 17:25
  • Result: 11/14, tracked leaders, slight mistake 1st, 5th after 3rd, under pressure from 3 out, lost position into straight, no extra and mistake last
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Form Profile:

A 139-rated hurdler, he won the Triumph Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in 2016, but has been well below his best of late.

Trainer Says:

The intention is to run him in the Galway Hurdle on Thursday. He obviously looks well handicapped on his old form, but he has been disappointing. He was particularly disappointing in the Grimes Hurdle at Tipperary earlier this month. He did show a bit more sparkle in a race on the Flat at Killarney last time, so hopefully that is a sign of him returning to form, but he’ll have to translate that and more back to hurdles to compete in a race like this. As well as that, the rain is a negative for him as he prefers good ground.

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Le Richebourg (FR)

Form Profile:

A 140-rated hurdler, he won his first three starts over hurdles during the summer, but has disappointed on softer ground since then.

Trainer Says:

He’ll run in the Galway Hurdle on Thursday. It will be his first run of the season and he doesn’t have much experience in big-field handicaps, so it’ll be tough for him, but he is a horse with plenty of ability. We’ll be watching the weather closely with him, as he won at this meeting last year on nice ground and he seems to prefer it like that.

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Monarch

  • 5-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Galileo - Secret Garden (Danehill)
  • Trained by: Joseph P O'Brien
  • Last Race: Killarney, 25 Aug 2018 15:10
  • Result: Won/8, rear, progress to 4th at 3rd, 4th behind clear leaders at 4th, took closer order in 3rd 2 out, travelled well and strongly challenged leader before last, led narrowly at last, pushed along run-in, comfortably
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Form Profile:

A 138-rated hurdler, he has won his last two starts in handicap hurdles.

Trainer Says:

He runs in the Galway Hurdle. He has won his last two starts in handicap hurdles and looks to be improving. He has loads of pace and might not want a really strong test of stamina at the trip over hurdles, but he has been doing it well recently. He’ll need to improve again to defy his revised mark. He is one that wouldn’t be ideally suited by softer ground.

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Plinth

  • 8-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Montjeu - Crazy Volume (Machiavellian)
  • Trained by: Joseph P O'Brien
  • Last Race: Listowel, 13 Sep 2018 17:25
  • Result: 4/14, towards rear, last after 3rd, progress and effort on outer straight, no impression and kept on same pace without threatening from before last
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Form Profile:

A 135-rated hurdler, he won the Grimes Hurdle at Tipperary last year and bounced back from a couple of below-form runs to finish a solid sixth in this year’s renewal of that race on his most recent start.

Trainer Says:

He is well exposed at this stage, but he did run well in the Grimes Hurdle on his latest start. He ran fine in the race last year and we’ll give him another go in it. He doesn’t owe us anything at this stage.

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Slowmotion (FR)

Form Profile:

A 142-rated chaser, she finished third in the Galway Plate last summer, but has been below that form since.

Trainer Says:

She finished a good third in the Galway Plate last year, but didn’t go on from that and ended up being disappointing. She showed a bit more over hurdles at Tipperary last time and hopefully that is a sign that she is coming back to herself. That run earned her the chance to have another go at the Galway Plate on Wednesday and hopefully she’ll run well. There’s a good chance we’ll put cheekpieces or blinkers on her.

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The Major General (IRE)

  • 5-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Galileo - Scribonia (Danehill)
  • Trained by: Joseph P O'Brien
  • Last Race: Down Royal, 31 Aug 2018 19:10
  • Result: 7/16, chased leaders, slight mistake 3rd, 4th halfway, closer behind leaders 3 out, soon ridden in 6th, no impression before 2 out, kept on one pace
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Form Profile:

A 109-rated hurdler, he was a smart horse on the Flat for Aidan O’Brien, but has proven disappointing over hurdles thus far.

Trainer Says:

He didn’t really fire for us over hurdles last season, but he’s had a good break and hopefully he’ll return in better heart. He’ll probably run in the 0-109 handicap hurdle over 2m on Monday.

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Tigris River

Form Profile:

A 144-rated hurdler, he produced a career-best effort when winning the Galway Hurdle in July of last year but has been below that form since.

Trainer Says:

He won the Galway Hurdle last year and he’ll try to win it again. He didn’t progress as we hoped he would since that day and hasn’t come down all that much in the weights since last year, so it will be tough for him in such a competitive race. He has shown a bit more promise in his last two starts and he will cope better with any rain than most of our runners in the race. There is a chance he might wear headgear and hopefully he’ll run another big race in it.

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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 Leopardstown in February.

Trainer Says:

His aim for the last few months has been the Galway Plate, but it looks as though he might struggle to get into it, so he could end up running in the Galway Blazers on the Friday. He was a little bit disappointing in his prep race at Killarney, so he’ll need to improve a lot from that to be competitive next week.”

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Three Year Olds

Subjudice

  • 3-y-o; bay colt
  • Breeding: Galileo - Sea Picture (Royal Academy)
  • Trained by: Joseph P O'Brien
  • Last Race: Listowel, 9 Sep 2018 14:10
  • Result: 6/8, led, slow, slight mistake and headed 1st, jumped left, slight mistake and collided with leader's hind quarters at 2nd, 4th halfway, slight mistakes 4th and 4 out, ridden and no extra after 3 out, slight mistake next
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Form Profile:

Rated 72, he shaped with promise in maidens and made an encouraging handicap debut at Leopardstown in July.

Trainer Says:

He runs in the colours of the Joseph O’Brien Racing Club and it’s great to have a runner for the members at a meeting like this. He doesn’t have many miles on the clock and he ran a nice race on his handicap debut at Leopardstown last time. We think Galway will suit him and he will have a few entries during the week. Given the choice, the extended 2m handicap on the Wednesday would be the one we’d like to run in, but he might not get in. He’s one that will be suited by softer ground if the rain arrives.

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Tremendous Leap (GB)

Form Profile:

Rated 77, he has run well without winning in all six of his career starts.

Trainer Says:

He hasn’t won yet and has been placed in all his starts, but there’s nothing wrong with his attitude. The race we’d like to run him in is the extended mile handicap for three-year-olds on Wednesday. The stiff finish should suit him well and I’d be hopeful he could run a good race.”

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Two Year Olds

Facethepuckout

Form Profile:

Rated 75, he made an encouraging nursery debut when third at the Curragh in July.

Trainer Says:

I thought he ran well in the first nursery of the season at the Curragh last week. He looks as though he’ll be suited by stepping up in trip, so he’ll go for the 7f nursery on Saturday and hopefully he’ll find some improvement. He should run well.

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