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Joseph O’Brien can still be considered a relative newcomer to the training game having only taken out his licence in June 2016, but since then he has quickly accumulated a list of big-race winners under both codes that would be the envy of many veteran trainers.
O’Brien made an immediate splash under National Hunt rules, finishing third in the trainers’ championship to Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott in his first full season with a license. Grade 1 winners soon followed with Edwulf’s memorable victory in the Irish Gold Cup in 2018 representing his most notable domestic triumph over jumps.
He has also enjoyed success at the Cheltenham Festival, saddling Band Of Outlaws to win the Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle and Early Doors winning the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle in 2019.
While O’Brien has made a conscious decision to reduce the number of National Hunt horses he has in training for the upcoming season, he has retained all of his most exciting prospects and still represents a notable power at the highest level of the sport.
Joseph sat down with Kevin Blake of attheraces.com to discuss that team for the upcoming National Hunt season.