Aidan O’Brien is simply a phenomenon in the world of racing.
A record-breaking National Hunt trainer in the initial stages of his career, his abundant talents didn’t go unnoticed and he was appointed as the trainer in the historic Ballydoyle complex in 1996 at the age of just 26.
He quickly established himself as a dominant force in Irish racing and since then has broken every record worth breaking and won every race worth winning in Europe and beyond.
Last year, he broke the world record for the number of Group/Grade 1 winners trained in a calendar year by enjoying 28 such victories and he recently broke the record of 139 winners in an Irish Flat season.
O’Brien ranks third on the all-time list of Breeders’ Cup wins with 12 and this week will see him bring over one of his strongest-ever raiding parties.
He was good enough to talk to attheraces.com’s Kevin Blake to discuss their prospects at Churchill Downs.