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Joseph O’Brien has only been training in his own name since June 2016, but he has quickly established himself as a leading player both in the National Hunt and Flat spheres.
Having quickly risen to finish third in the trainers’ championship to Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott in his first full season as a National Hunt trainer in 2017/18, last season saw him make further progress.
As well as registering career-best tallies of winners and prize money, O’Brien’s most notable milestone was perhaps his performance at the Cheltenham Festival.
Despite his leading hope Le Richebourg missing the meeting through injury and the exciting Sir Erec being fatally injured in the Triumph Hurdle, O’Brien still managed to saddle his first winners at the big meeting under his own name with Band Of Outlaws taking the Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle and Early Doors landing the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle.
Joseph sat down with Kevin Blake of attheraces.com to discuss his team for the upcoming National Hunt season.