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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 came, 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 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. He has since saddled four separate Group 1 winners both on the Flat and over jumps. In his first full season as a National Hunt trainer in 2017/18, he finished third in the trainers’ championship to Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott.
Joseph sat down with Kevin Blake of attheraces.com to discuss his team for the upcoming Cheltenham Festival as he bids to secure his first success at the big meeting in his own name.