Dawn In The Park 4th Punchestown 3.40
A Year To Remember 3rd Punchestown 1.55
Arkwrisht unseated rider & Edwulf 2nd Punchestown 12.15
Joseph's thoughts over the week
I was delighted with Ivanovich Gorbatov’s run in Thursday’s Ryanair Hurdle at Leoparstown, he ran a real blinder.
I would say on ratings, it was at least to his mark, if not a couple of lbs better.
The plan for him is pretty simple, we’ll be sticking to the good two mile hurdles and pick up as much prize money as possible this season.
I must say, Petit Mouchoir looked good in that race. He jumped, went a good gallop and kept it up all the way. It was a huge performance and I don’t even think Bryan Cooper expected him to go that far clear. Very impressive.
Leopardstown was a great week’s racing and we got to see some Gold Cup contenders in the Lexus Chase but the one name that impressed me most ran on Monday, Thistlecrack.
He is the one they have to beat and you certainly wouldn’t be swapping him for anything at the minute.
He’s a very brave horse but that’s his style. If he was very brave but he didn’t have the scope that he has then you’d be worried but he has shown that he’s got all the scope in the world so he can afford to be brave.
I was asked recently if I’d like to ride him and the answer is obviously, yes I would love to ride him but he comes with plenty of pressure so I think I’ll leave that to Tom Scudamore and I’ll concentrate on the training!
3 Year Olds
This week was a good opportunity for some of the 3 year-olds in the yard and I think with a Grade 3 win and Grade 2 place, Landofhopeandglory is the best of them so far.
To be fair to Housesofparliament, he had been off the track for a while and that mistake three from home is not something I’m worried about. We have a long road to go and we have big targets for him.
Overall we were happy with how they ran over Christmas and we’re looking forward to the season ahead with both of them.
Exactoris wins and Aspen Colorado 3rd Leopardstown 3.05
Ivanovich Gorbatov 3rd Leopardstown 2.30
Slowmotion 2nd Leopardstown 1.20
Katnap 8th Leopardstown 12.20
So Sorry Sarah 4th Limerick 12.05
Joseph's thoughts over the festive period
Thistlecrack was something else in the King George.
Obviously his jumping is so brave and he has so much scope he can pretty much take off wherever he wants. He has so much class and speed and you couldn’t be anything but hugely impressed with him. It was heart in mouth stuff in places where he took off two or three strides too early. He’s well able to do that though.
Landofhopeandglory v Bapaume
Landofhopeandglory ran a good race in the Knight Frank Juvenile Hurdle at Leopardstown on Monday, where he finished second. I suppose things worked out better for Bapaume this time than our fella but he still ran a good race. If things work out slightly better, I think we’ll be closer to him the next day. There’s plenty of racing left in the year and although we didn’t win and it was disappointing I’m sure we’ll get closer to him the next day.
It was good to get a winner on Stephen’s Day with Aeglos. He’s a nice horse and we’ve always thought a lot of him.I don’t think we’ll see the best of him until he steps up in trips over hurdles. He’ll hopefully go for a win in bumpers or something, but he won’t be overrated this season and we look forward to more from him next year.
Aeglos wins Leopardstown 3.30
Landofhopeandglory 2nd Lord Justice 8th and Zig Zag 4th at
Felix Mendelssohn 6th Leopardstown 12.45
Imperial Way 4th and Outspoken 2nd Leopardstown 12.15
Joseph is keeping his fingers crossed Landofhopeandglory can continue his progression in the Grade 2 Knight Frank Juvenile Hurdle at Leopardstown.
The JP McManus-owned three-year-old is at the head of ante-post lists for the Triumph Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival after having won each of his three starts over jumps.
With the owner's retained rider Barry Geraghty in action at Kempton on St Stephen's Day, Mark Walsh gets on board Landofhopeandglory, who completed a hat-trick in Grade Three company at Fairyhouse at the start of the month, for a second time.
Joseph said: "He seems in good form and we've been happy with him since the last day. He seems to be taking his races well and hopefully he'll run another good race. There's another nice race for him back at Leopardstown in February the Spring Juvenile Hurdle, but we'll see how he runs here and how he comes out of it."
The County Kilkenny-based trainer also saddles Lord Justice and Zig Zag, who finished second and third respectively in the Summit Juvenile Hurdle at Doncaster a fortnight ago.
"They've both been running good races and hopefully they can pick up a bit of prize-money again," Joseph added.
Landofhopeandglory once again takes on the Willie Mullins-trained Bapaume, who was beaten just a length into second at Fairyhouse on what was the latter's Irish debut.
Mullins' son and assistant, Patrick, said: "You would like to think Bapaume should be able to reverse the form, with normal improvement. It doesn't always work like that, obviously, but we think he'll improve from Fairyhouse and we're expecting a big run. Joseph's horse is the one to beat and the horse that sets the standard."
Gordon Elliott's Mega Fortune was third at Fairyhouse and renews rivalries with Landofhopeandglory and Bapaume
Udogo 2nd and Song of Love wins Dundalk 8pm
Thomas O'Malley 2nd Dundalk 6pm
Iskandar Prince 6th Dundalk 5.30pm
Eagle Spirit 4th Dundalk 5pm
NEW Horse A Year To Remember.
Wayne Lordan strikes on Song of Love
Marchese Marconi 4th Navan 2.25
Kalopsia 2nd and Along The Shore a non runner Thurles 2.10
Arkwrisht 4th Fairyhouse 2.45
Valgor Du Ronceray 9th Fairyhouse 1.00
Let's Twist Again pulled up Fairyhouse 12.30
Ineffable 5th Fairyhouse 12.00
Joseph O'Brien Audio interview about Sundays runners at Thurles & Navan
Song Of Love wins, Way To My Heart 10th and Murmuring 13th 9pm Dundalk
Tommy Welsh 9th 6pm Dundalk
Duplication 2nd 5.30 Dundalk
Aeglos 7th 3.40 Punchestown
Marchese Marconi 6th 2.35 Punchestown
So Sorry Sarah 5th 1.10 Cork
Tree of Knowledge 17th and Ineffable 6th 12.35 Cork
Kalopsia 2nd 12.25 Punchestown
Zig Zag 3rd & Lord Justice 2nd Doncaster 3.15
Edwulf unseated rider Naven 2.55
Along the shore fell Navan 12.35
No Biggie 13th and Walk The Line 4th 9.05 Dundalk
Redwood Boy 11th 7.35 Dundalk
Hyzenthlay 7th and Richard Strauss 4th 7.05 Dundalk
Detailed 4th, Grey Waters 11th and From a Distance NR 6.05 Dundalk
Song of Love 5th in the 9.00 at Dundalk decent performance just missed out on the placings should be very competitive off mark next time out
Pronounced 6th in 8.30 at Dundalk was held up in last place and got detached early on made progress late on but had too much to do
Thomas O'Malley a promising 2nd in 7.00 at Dundalk best work came late does not look too straight forward but more to come from him
Imperial Way 2nd and Nemean Lion 4th 3.40 Fairyhouse
All the Answers fell 2.10 Fairyhouse
Ivanovich Gorbatov 4th 1.40 Fairyhouse
Landofhopeandglory wins 12.40 Fairyhouse giving Joseph his first Grade 3 winner.
Jamie is no longer doing our previews, we want to wish him well with 3 furlongs out and to thank him for the previews he has done in the past.
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------When Ruby Walsh, Barry Geraghty and Davy Russell lined up before the straight, we knew we were in for a thrilling conclusion to the Grade 3 Bar One Racing Juvenile Hurdle at Fairyhouse. Barry was the man to come out on top aboard even money favourite Landofhopeandglory.
Best of luck to Landofhopeandglory who bids to make it 3 from 3 over hurdles today
Landofhopeandglory bids to cement his position as JCB Triumph Hurdle favourite in the Bar One Racing Juvenile Hurdle at Fairyhouse on Sunday.
The High Chaparral gelding was formerly a smart stayer on the Flat for Aidan O'Brien, finishing fourth in the Queen's Vase at Royal Ascot and second in the Curragh Cup during the summer.
He was one of a number of O'Brien horses to be purchased by JP McManus for the switch to jumping under the eye of the trainer's son, Joseph, and is two from two so far over timber.
The latter said: "It will be by far the strongest race he's run in, that's for sure. From here on the races are only going to get tougher and tougher. We'll learn about him with each run as he learns about it, too.
"For me whatever the ground is won't be an issue, if it's nice ground that is obviously no problem. Saying that he handled soft ground well enough the last day, but he obviously handled good ground on the Flat, so the ground is no issue."
Jaqen H'ghar wins 8.30 Dundalk
Song of Love 9th 7.30 Dundalk
Apparition 4th 7pm Dundalk
Iskandar Prince 10th 6.30 Dundalk
Duplication wins 5.30 Dundalk
A look back at Joseph's first 6 months as a trainer.
Kalopsia came to the fore to land the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Mares Hurdle at Thurles. Even money favourite Miss Me Now pulled up before the second last after dropping out halfway.
The Mark Walsh-ridden Kalopsia, bred by Aidan and Annmarie O'Brien's Whisperview Trading Limited, is trained by their son Joseph, and is owned by J P McManus.
Kalopsia headed the pace-setting Monbeg Rose before the last on the way to an eleven length success.
"Mark gave her a great ride and left them at it and sneaked around. He said going out that he'd take his time and pick up the pieces and it worked perfectly. He gave her a peach," said Joseph. "She is getting the hang of jumping , she was a good bumper mare in fairness and has now won two hurdles. There is also a 1m4f maiden at Dundalk in a couple of weeks and might also be worth her chance in a Graded hurdle if the ground wasn't bottomless."
Valgor Du Ronceray 3rd at Thurles (2.20)
Kalopsia smartly wins at Thurles (1.50) she took it up with 2 to jump and Mark Walsh had little to do very impressive win
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