FERGAL O’BRIEN could quite rightly pinch himself when he looks at his statistics for this season as he has already notched up 38 winners and £361,516 in prize money and is well on the way to passing his personal best of 60 winners and £611,366 in prize money for the 2016-17 season.
The occupant of the Upper Yard in Grange Hill Farm in Naunton is becoming a regular collector of the “Big Saturdays” race, and Chase The Spud was successful in a 30k plus handicap chase at Haydock last weekend which nicely topped up a win for Perfect Candidate in the Grade 3 BetVictor.com Handicap Chase at Cheltenham seven days earlier.
O’Brien is also making healthy inroads into graded condition company too and took the Grade 2 West Yorkshire Hurdle at Wetherby at the beginning of November with Colin’s Sister and the Grade 2 Persian War Novices’ Hurdle at Chepstow in October with Poetic Rhythm.
Colin’s Sister is in the mix for the Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury this weekend and all in all it looks like there are further big days for his team at Naunton as the season progress.
Fergal said: “What has been lovely is that most of the horses have been finishing in the first four and once you are getting in the winner’s enclosure you are doing ok. They have been running consistently well and we have a happy team of horses and staff – long may it last.”
O’Brien kindly spoke to Tony Elves of attheraces.com about those he hopes can continue to prosper this season.