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.