31.12.16

Dawn In The Park 4th Punchestown 3.40

A Year To Remember 3rd Punchestown 1.55

Arkwrisht unseated rider & Edwulf 2nd Punchestown 12.15

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31.12.16

Audio Interview hear Joseph's thoughts on his runners today


Joseph's thoughts over the week

31.12.16



Ivanovich Gorbatov

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.

Thistlecrack

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.


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29.12.16

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


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29.12.16

Joseph teams up with his cousin JJ to record a comfortable win with Exactoris

Exactoris holds off First To Boogie
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Joseph teamed up with his cousin JJ Slevin as Exactoris ran out a game winner of the novice handicap hurdle at Leopardstown.

The 4/1 shot was to the fore throughout and repelled the challenge of First To Boogie, who came with his surge before the last flight. Exactoris battled gamely on the run-in to record a two-length win.

“He travelled and jumped and stays well. JJ gave him a great ride and I think that might be his 7lb gone,” said Joseph. "He’s a tough horse and stays well. He won two bumpers so he’s not a bad horse. He was good and long at the last but he needed it. I suppose in the end he pulled away and won well. We’ll see what is for him and he could go into novice company also. He’ll get three miles as well.”


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29.12.16

Joseph O'Brien Audio Interview about his Runners Leopardstown & Limerick Thurs 29th December 


Joseph's thoughts over the festive period

28.12.16




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.

Aeglos 

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.
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27.12.16

Housesofparliament 2nd, Sword Fighter 5th and Tree of Knowledge 11th Leopardstown 12.15
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26.12.16

Aeglos wins Leopardstown 3.30

Landofhopeandglory 2nd Lord Justice 8th and Zig Zag 4th at

Leopardstown 1.15

Felix Mendelssohn 6th Leopardstown 12.45

Imperial Way 4th and Outspoken 2nd Leopardstown 12.15


Aeglos wins impressively at Leopardstown

26.12.16

Joseph and JP McManus gained some compensation for the earlier defeat of Landofhopeandglory at Leopardstown when Aeglos landed the Lep Inn Flat Race the last race on the card.

The Mahler gelding was ably handled by Scottish amateur Tom Hamilton, who has joined Joseph's team at Piltown this year and was recording his first winner in Ireland.

The 8/1 chance quickened clear early in the straight, and kept up the gallop to score by four lengths. Mr Champers took the runner-up spot, while the red-hot favourite Midnight Escape (4/5 from 7/4) was a further three lengths adrift in third.

Jospeh said, “We always thought plenty of him but he was a bit weak last season. J J (Slevin) rode him the last day at Fairyhouse and said things just happened wrong for him. I’m delighted for Tom. He works in the yard, and I think that could be his last winner as a 7lb claimer. He could go for a winners bumper, and probably won’t go over hurdles until next season.”

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24.12.16

Landofhopeandglory out to try and make it 4 out of 4.

JLandofhopeandglory looks set to impress at Leopardstown

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

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Joseph O'Brien - Christmas Plans and Cheltenham Video
24.12.16

23.12.16

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.

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Wayne Lordan strikes on Song of Love
23.12.16


Jockey Wayne Lordan finished his year with a flourish at Dundalk this evening when completing a treble in the concluding Racing Returns Friday 6th Jan 2017 Handicap, on Song Of Love, which was his first winner, on his first ride, for trainer Joseph O’Brien

It was recently announced that Lordan was joining Aidan O’Brien’s Ballydoyle all-conquering yard and today’s win was a timely success and brought up the Group 1 winning jcokey’s treble on the day.

Song Of Love was himself following up a course win n December 16 and today beat stablemate Udogo to lead home a 1-2 for trainer Joseph.

Following the race, Lordan stated “it’s been a good night. Joseph thought he had a good chance; he was dropping back in trip and he told me to take my time and that he enjoys coming through them.

“We went pretty quick so it suited him when they started dropping back. He quickened up well and did it well at the line. Obviously he’s after winning over a mile-and-a-half and he gets a mile-and-a-half.”


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Joseph O'Brien Audio interviews about his runners at Dundalk tonight and Leopardstown on December 26th 



Joseph looks set to unveil some more potential stars next week
23.12.16


Joseph is set to unveil one or two more of the high-profile JP McManus-owned juvenile hurdlers in his care at Leopardstown next week and Dundalk can prove a platform for a little pre-Christmas boost tonight.

Joseph clearly likes the all-weather track - he has been strongly represented there since becoming a licensed trainer - and the booking of Wayne Lordan is significant aboard the nap vote, Song Of Love, in the final race of the year at Dundalk.

The pace angle here is key. With Hes Our Music, Specific Gravity and Sharjah in the race, all potential front-runners ridden by apprentices, hold-up horses - such as Song Of Love - should be well-placed.

Wayne Lordan is an excellent booking on the four-year-old, which has form over shorter and, most recently, when scoring over a mile and a half here last week.

John Murphy enjoys a profitable winter series and has prospects of a double. Nursery candidate George Boole did the job snugly a fortnight ago and can follow up; stablemate Paved With Gold remains well-handicapped and is bred to stay in the apprentices' event under Jack Kennedy.

The opening rated race is extremely tough and the Foley-ridden Shannon Soul is a somewhat reluctant pick here, given his modest win record.

The Elusive Pimpernel Maiden is split into two, neither half especially deep. November Tale's improved run here a fortnight ago was expected by the market and the Casemento filly should be good enough, while Thomas O'Malley is given yet another chance in the second division.
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23.12.16



Landofhopeandglory puts his unbeaten record over jumps on the line in the Grade 2 Knight Frank Juvenile Hurdle at Leopardstown on Boxing Day.

The three-year-old has won each of his three starts over obstacles for trainer Joseph O'Brien and owner JP McManus, completing his hat-trick in Grade Three company at Fairyhouse earlier this month.

He steps up another level here for his latest assignment as he bids to confirm his place at the head of ante-post lists for the Grade 1 Triumph Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in March.

Joseph also saddles Lord Justice and Zig Zag, who finished second and third respectively in the Summit Juvenile Hurdle at Doncaster a fortnight ago.

Willie Mullins won last year's renewal with Apple's Jade and is represented by Bapaume, who was just a length behind Landofhopeandglory at Fairyhouse.

The third that day, Gordon Elliott's Mega Fortune, also renews rivalries.
Soir De Chantenay, Amaulino, Champagne Pat, Do No Complain and Prospectus complete the 10-strong field.

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22.12.16

Joseph hopes to unleash 2 more stars over jumps


In what will be a nice round off to the Christmas festive period Joseph is hoping to run two more top horses from off the Flat at the beginning of next week as he attempts to have a strong group of horses  to go to war with in the  Grade 1 JCB Triumph Hurdle at the Cheltenham festival in March 2017.

The Group 1 St Leger third Housesofparliament and the Listed Royal Ascot winner Sword Fighter could both make their hurdling debuts while their stablemate Landofhopeandglory, the 6-1 joint-favourite for the Triumph hurdle, is on course for the Grade 2 Knight Frank Juvenile Hurdle at Leopardstown on Boxing day .

Sword Fighter, winner of the Queen's Vase at Royal Ascot and who was rated 110 on the flat, could take on Housesofparliament in a three-year-old maiden hurdle at the same festival on the Tuesday.

Joseph  said: "A good few of ours have plenty of entries and it will depend on what the ground is like before we decide what runs or not. Sword Fighter and Housesofparliament are entered at Leopardstown and would probably start off there – and we could run them against each other."

Of the exciting Landofhopeandglory Joseph added: "He seems to be in good form since his Grade 3 win at Fairyhouse last month and he's done everything we've asked of him. The ground's a bit of an unknown for him so that’s the only question mark. I wouldn’t mind soft ground for him but if it becomes really heavy winter ground I wouldn’t be so sure how he'd handle it."

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22.12.16

Sir Anthony McCoy on Joseph




"Joseph O'Brien can't be anything but successful, though. He is like a mini-me of his dad. He has already trained a Group One winner on the Flat along with winning the Triumph Hurdle in all but name last season. I know that his dad was nowhere near it (Ivanovich Gorbatov)!

"He has got a good team of horses in terms of pedigree and has got all the right attributes. If you turned your back on both Joseph and Aidan, you wouldn't know which one was talking.

"There is a lot of common sense there and a lot of want to do well. He was a better rider than he ever got credited for and if he is as good a trainer as he was a rider, he will get all the way to the top.

"He could challenge Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott and he could take away a bit of the domination from them."

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20.12.16

Barry Geraghty's  thoughts on Marchese Marconi 


 " he was a bit disappointing in the novices’ chase, he just struggled to go the gallop".

Joseph's thoughts from the weekend





My Weekend Runners

It was a good night at Dundalk on Friday when we won the last race with Song Of Love. Donnacha gave him a great ride
Drawn in 14 he came from last to win. I’m not sure how well handicapped he was but the race worked out well for him. It was nice to have a winner on the evening.

Of my other runners, Kalopsia ran well. She was second in the Mares’ Listed Hurdle in Thurles on Sunday. Marchese Marconi ran a good race in Navan. We had a few runners at Fairyhouse also who did OK so it wasn’t a bad weekend.

Other Weekend Racing

Unowhatimeanharry has now won seven times from seven runs. He has improved a lot since joining Harry Fry and they’ve clearly done a great job with him. With the heavy fog, it was difficult to see clearly but even with Ballyoptic falling at the last, Unowhatimeanharry had it wrapped up.

He’s now a short price for the Stayers’ Hurdle at Cheltenham and deservedly so.
I can’t see anything there at the minute that will beat him. 

Obviously there are some very high class horses that could go down that route but time will tell.
He was by far my racing highlight of the weekend.

Fairyhouse

Minella Till Dawn won a very decent Maiden Hurdle at Fairyhouse on Saturday and looks to be a very exciting horse.
Yorkhill jumped very well in his race. He was a great horse last year and he looks like he’s going to take top rank over fences. I don’t think we’ve seen enough yet to tell if he’s a JLT or Arkle horse. Willie, Ruby, Patrick and co will decide that closer to the time.

Death Duty

We saw another win for Death Duty at Navan on Sunday. He is now unbeaten over hurdles in the Gigginstown House colours and looks like a very high class horse. Gordon has always thought a lot of him and he’ll turn into a high class hurdler and hopefully he might even make him into a better chaser in time.
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18.12.16

Marchese Marconi 4th Navan 2.25

Kalopsia 2nd and Along The Shore a non runner Thurles 2.10

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17.12.16

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 



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16.12.16.

Song Of Love wins, Way To My Heart 10th and Murmuring 13th 9pm Dundalk

Tommy Welsh 9th 6pm Dundalk 

Duplication 2nd 5.30 Dundalk

  NEW  Horse Felix Mendelssohn and  NEW  Owner Mrs Fitri Hay 
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Song of Love comes good

16.12.16 


Joseph and Donnacha O'Brien lost out in the opening race at Dundalk when Duplication went down by a neck. The brothers capped off the night with a success when Song Of Love led them home in the Fund Raising Made Easy At Dundalk Handicap.

Joseph also sent out Way To My Heart who was 10th and Murmuring 13th in the mile and a half contest

There was no living with 12/1 shot Song Of My Heart in the closing stages though, as he finished off sufficiently well to get the better of Zanjabeel by a neck.

"They went quick in front of me and the gaps opened when I wanted them to. It worked out well," said Donnacha O'Brien."It looked like an extra two furlongs would help him, last time, and it turned out that it did."


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13.12.16.

  NEW Horse Dawn In the Park

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Joseph's thoughts on the weekend's racing in his Boylesports column.

12.12.16





The highlights of the weekend’s racing has to include Douvan. He was unbelievable and what he could do this year is special.

I also thought that Phillip Hobbs’ 3-year-old Defi Du Seuil at Cheltenham was very good and, obviously, Djakadam was as well so it was a great weekend’s racing.

Weekend Runners

We had a good weekend. We didn’t have any winners but we had plenty of horses running well and a few placed, it was that kind of a weekend.

We had a horse second in a Grade 2 at Doncaster and we had a couple of horse placed in Dundalk, and another was second in Punchestown.

Edwulf was a little unlucky in Navan on Saturday. It was slightly disappointing. He jumped very well but he made a bad mistake with four to go and then missed the second last and the last as well, which was disappointing. He was running a good race and managed to get himself back into the race having made a bad blunder. His jumping has been a little but sketchy, but he’s actually a very good jumper. Maybe it’s going to take racing for him to get the hang of things.

Kalopsia was a good second at Punchestown yesterday, she had a blinder. She seems to be getting the hang of hurdles in her last couple of starts. Her jumping wasn’t bad but has got a lot better over the last couple of runs so I think that’s where the bit of improvement has come from.

Our runners ran very well at Doncaster at the weekend as well. Paul Nicholls’ horse Cliffs of Dover was very good and looks a class horse. We were second and third to him with Lord Justice and Zig Zag, so we were delighted with that.

Cheltenham

Paul Nicholls’ Frodon looked very impressive in winning the Cavalier Chase at Cheltenham on Saturday. He’s had a good campaign, I think he’s won a couple now. He was good and he looks to travel very well.

The International Hurdle came down to a match finish with My Tent or Yours and The New One. It was a great race to watch, with two horses that have been taking each other on for the last few seasons. The two of them looked to be not too far away from their best.

Going chasing would open up a few doors for The New One. I’d imagine he’ll go somewhere over Christmas and just after it and then see where the likes of Faugheen, Annie Power and horses like that are going and then make a decision. It’s a nice option to have for a horse of his class.

My Tent or Yours is a very good horse and is a very strong traveller. They got a lot of rain on the day and I’d say a horse like that could only be better on better ground.

Djakadam & Thistlecrack

Djakadam was very good in the John Durkan at Punchestown and travelled very well. Ruby gave him a great ride. He’s a very high class horse and, if anything he’s probably going to be better this season than last.

It’s nearly impossible to compare Djakadam to Thistlecrack.

Obviously, Djakadam has been at the top of his game for the last few years, whereas Thistlecrack has been a top-class hurdler. But chasing is a different discipline. I suppose when, and if, Thistlecrack gets up into them Grade runs out of Novice company, we’ll see then but Djakadam is a very, very good horse.
Outlander put in a very good performance too, he ran a huge race. Davy Russell gave him a great ride. He’ll be there to pick up the pieces in all them big races if anything falls his way.

Douvan

All eyes were on Douvan at Cork yesterday. He was pretty spectacular as he always is.

He’s just a brilliant horse, he loves jumping and he’s got all the speed in the world. It was kind of expected for him to do that but it’s still not an easy thing to do on your first run of the year, so for him to win the way he did was special.

Highland Reel was a bit unlucky in Hong Kong, where he ran a huge race. He just got taken on for the lead down the back straight a little bit and the last 50 yards, where he just got nabbed, might have just cost him. He’s a very, very good horse and he’s an exciting horse to look forward to.
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11.12.16.

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

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10.12.16.

Zig Zag 3rd & Lord Justice 2nd Doncaster   3.15 

Edwulf unseated rider Naven  2.55

Along the shore fell Navan 12.35

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09.12.16.

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

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Ol'Man River Retired to stud 
08.12.16



The Montjeu Colt was the winner of the Group 2 Beresford Stakes as a Juvenile, Ol'man River went into his 3 year old campaign unbeaten and hopes were high that he would be a major classic contender but he never really managed to hit the heights he achieved as a 2 year old.

The decision has now been made to retire Ol'Man River to stud at Arctic Tack Stud where he will stand alongside Aizavoski, Arcadio, Caudillo, Jet Away and Le Fou. His stud fee has not yet been published.

Arctic Tack Stud in Wexford Ireland specialise in National Hunt Sires from the Sadlers Wells line so he fits into their criteria nicely.

Ol'Man River only made one start for Joseph where he showed promise when finishing 4th in a conditions race at Dundalk on 23rd September, that race now turns out to have been his final outing.

We wish him the best of luck in his new career.

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07.12.16.

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

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06.12.16.

 NEW  Joseph has a new horse and a new owner 

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Barry Geraghty's thoughts on Landofhopeandglory and Ivanovich Gorbatov

06.12.16

Landofhopeandglory (R) coming home to win at Fairyhouse

"It was good to win the Grade 3 Bar One Racing Juvenile Hurdle at Fairyhouse on Sunday on Landofhopeandglory . He did everything well, he travelled nicely, he jumped well and he showed a very good attitude from the final flight to get the better of Bapaume and Mega Fortune. He probably benefited from this step up in class. He had been impressive in winning his first two races over hurdles, but this was a better race and he stepped up to it well. It rode like a smart race, it was nice the way the front three pulled well clear of the rest of the field. From what you would ever know about juvenile hurdlers at this stage of the campaign, you’d have to be very happy with this. The first three could all be smart, they could all be contenders in the top juvenile races this season. "

" Ivanovich Gorbatov  ran well in the Grade 1 Bar One Racing Hatton’s Grace Hurdle, It was another step up from him on his first two runs this season, he has progressed with each run, but he still falls between two stools a bit. He just falls short of what is required for these top hurdle races, and he is very high in the handicap."

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Landofhopeandglory going the right way.

06.12.16.



Joseph believes that the Grade 1 JCB Triumph Hurdle favourite Landofhopeandglory is "going the right way" following on from the three year old's victory in the Grade 3 Bar One Racing Juvenile Hurdle at Fairyhouse on Sunday.

The son of High Chaparral, is as short as 6/1 with Paddy Power and as long as 8/1 with some firms  to win the contest in March, defeated Bapaume by a  length, with Joseph hoping the dual Grade 2 placed Flat performer can repeat the feat that was last done by the Dessie Hughes trained Our Conor, who won the Fairyhouse Grade 3 event before landing the Triumph hurdle by an impressive 15 lengths three years ago.

Joseph has yet to decide on  a route for his Triumph hurdle hope, who may well run over the Christmas period.

Joseph said after the race: "Barry was happy with him and they sprinted down the last two up the straight which wouldn't have played to our horse's strengths but it was nice that he got away with it. There are still no decisions made about Christmas time. I haven't spoken to anyone yet, we'll see how he is during the week and that will be decided closer to the time. There's a long way to go between now and Cheltenham but this fella seems to be on the right track and hopefully he continue to progress with each race."

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Zig Zag  and Lord Justice could run at Cheltenham on Saturday

06.12.16.




Joseph could field two runners at Cheltenham on Saturday after entering both Lord Justice and Zig Zag in the Class 2  JCB Triumph Trial Juvenile Hurdle.

Zig Zag was last seen when chasing home stablemate Landofhopeandglory at Punchestown last month, with that gelding having gone on to secure Grade Three glory at Fairyhouse on Sunday.

Lord Justice has won two of his three starts over hurdles to date, with the Zoffany gelding having finished only third at Down Royal last time.


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Joseph thoughts on the weekend from his Boylesports Column

05.12.16



Landofhopeandglory

It was a good day at Fairyhouse on Sunday starting off with Landofhopeandglory in the first.

He’s now three from three over hurdles. He won nicely and came through the race pretty well. Barry was happy with him and they sprinted down the last two up the straight which wouldn’t have played to our horse’s strengths but it was nice that he got away with it.

There are still no decisions made about Christmas time. I haven’t spoken to anyone yet, we’ll see how he is during the week and that will be decided closer to the time.

There’s a long way to go between now and Cheltenham but this fella seems to be on the right track and hopefully he’ll continue to progress in each race.

Big Ben, who had a good run the first time out over hurdles could be out soon again, perhaps over Christmas. Housesofparliament and Sword Fighter are both doing good but they’re just a little bit away from getting run at the moment. They’ve both done a nice bit of schooling so all in good time.

Ivanovich Gorbatov

Ivanovich Gorbatov travelled and jumped very well in the Hatton’s Grace Hurdle yesterday. Between the last two, you’d have thought he was in with a shout but he ran a great race all the same. We’ll see what the ground is like everywhere over Christmas and I’d imagine we’ll send him out. It was a great battle between Apples Jade and Vroum Vroum Mag. They’re two great mares.

It was a great 1-2 for JP McManus in the Drinmore Novice Chase. The winner, Coney Island, never really looked like he wasn’t going to be in with a shout. Both Coney Island and second placed Anibale Flyer look like two very exciting horses for the future.

Airlie Beach

Meanwhile in the Royal Bond Novice Hurdle, Airlie Beach looked like a really tough mare. It obviously doesn’t do fillies like her any harm being a mother already especially when you see them coming back as good as she did.

She was the one that stood out for me over the weekend and I was absolutely delighted for Danny Mullins also. He’s riding very well and it was great to see him have a Grade One winner.

Likewise, I enjoyed the Tingle Creek on Saturday; a great race between Un De Sceaux and Sire De Grugy. Hopefully they’ll meet again over the course of the season and produce another race like they did at the weekend. Altior was also impressive at Sandown. He made one small mistake and was perhaps a little exuberant but overall he was great.


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04.12.16.

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.

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3 out of 3 for Landofhopeandglory 

04.12.16



Bapaume and Landofhopeandglory clear a flight together


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.

Ruby Walsh looked like he might get the best of it from the front on Bapaume, when Landofhopeandglory 'missed' the second last.

However, Bapaume himself got the last wrong, at which point Landofhopeandglory was on terms and looking strong. Davy Russell was held from before that final flight on Mega Fortune.

The victor, owned by J P McManus and trained by Joseph O'Brien, is now three from three over hurdles as he went on here to oblige by a length.

Mega Fortune meanwhile, stayed on well up the run-in to be a length and a quarter back in third. In a good sign for the principals, they pulled twenty six lengths clear of the fourth home, Dakota Moirette.

"It was a good performance.  They kind of sprinted down over the last two.  He had to be right and Barry gave him a great ride.  It was his biggest test so far," said Joseph. "We'd have to think about Christmas now.  It will be one step at a time with him but you'd be delighted with today. The faster they go for him the better he'll be you'd imagine. I was delighted with that and Barry was delighted. He jumped better today, he was a bit more measured. Barry said he was a bit big at the first but other than that he was a bit better.  Please god each race that is getting better.It looked a good race and there was plenty of word for Gordon's horse Mega Fortune.  It's probably as good a three-year-old hurdle as has been run in Ireland anyway."

Asked to compare with Ivanovich Gorbatov Joseph reflected: "Ivanovich went to Christmas for his maiden while this lad is after having three runs.  They are different models and it's hard to compare the two of them because they aren't similar types really."

On his three-year-old team Joseph explained: "It's important that they take to hurdling and this fella seems to have done that.  We'll figure that out one by one I suppose. There is no panic with them.  It is a long year.  Please god there are a couple to come out at Christmas."

Paddy Power go 6/1 favourite from 10/1 about Landofhopeandglory for the Triumph Hurdle. Joseph O'Brien to win that event is 11/8 from 7/4.

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04.12.16

Landofhopeandglory ridden by Barry Geraghty wins the Bar One Racing Juvenile Hurdle

A good jump at the last helped JCB Triumph Hurdle favourite Landofhopeandglory maintain his unbeaten jumping record in the Bar One Racing Juvenile Hurdle at Fairyhouse.

The classy Flat performer had not been tested in his first two outings over timber and was sent off the even-money favourite to win again for Joseph O'Brien.

However, he had a real fight on his hands as the Willie Mullins-trained Bapaume had them all on the stretch.

It all came down to who jumped the final flight the best and while Ruby Walsh's mount landed on all fours, the High Chaparral gelding flew it under Barry Geraghty and went on to win by a length.

Geraghty said: "It rode like a decent race. It was a bit tactical and Ruby was trying to dictate from the front, which we were all aware of, but when you have the horse it's always much easier.

"He missed the second-last, but I made his mind up going to the last and he winged it.

"He's shaping up to be a Triumph Hurdle horse."

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Best of luck to Landofhopeandglory who bids to make it 3 from 3 over hurdles today

04.12.16.

Landofhopeandglory ridden by Barry Geraghty wins the Bar One Racing Juvenile Hurdle


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03.12.16

Exactoris 4th Fairyhouse 2.30


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A big test for Landofhopeandglory 

03.12.16


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."


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Joseph doubles up with Jaqen H'ghar

02.12.16



Copyright Healy Racing Photos


Joseph O'Brien doubled his Dundalk score in the penultimate race on the polytrack tonight, as Jaqen H'Ghar got the best of an exciting tussle with Ancient Sands in the Irishinjuredjockeys.com Handicap.

Ana O'Brien, on Jaqen H'Ghar, got the better of Pat Smullen on Ancient Sands, by a neck. They left Venezia five and a half lengths back in third.

The earlier O'Brien winner was the Qatar Racing Limited-owned and Donnacha O'Brien-ridden Duplication

Joseph said: "He loves a strong pace and the race was set up for him. Ana gave him a great ride and he kept on really well. I'd not rule out going over hurdles but there are plenty of nice prizes to be won with him on the Flat. That was a nice pot to win, and I'm not sure where he'll go from here."

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Joseph trains his first winner for Qatar Racing

02.12.16


The Qatar Racing Limited-owned, and Joseph trained Duplication sharpened up appreciably for his debut effort a fortnight ago where he finished 8th to take the opening New Year's Eve Greyhound Racing At Dundalk Maiden (Plus 10 Race).

You wouldn't have expected that a drop to five furlongs would have been ideal for the Donnacha ridden Duplication.

However, we got a demonstration of the benefit of a run to a two-year-old and the Requinto colt was never far away on this occasion. A tail swisher he may be, but the 12/1 victor kept going well enough to hold the staying-on pair, Alfredo Arcano, and Slumming Angel, by a neck and a head.

Alfredo Arcano's cause certainly wasn't helped by the fact that he reared up leaving the stalls.

After training his first winner for Qatar, Joseph said: "He was very green the first day and came on a lot for the run.It's nice to have a winner in those colours, and he's the only one we have for them. There is a winners-of-one here in the next few weeks and that is an option."

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02.12.16

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.


Joseph O'Brien Audio Interviews about weekend runners 






Kalopsia Gallops to a 11 length success
01.12.16




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."

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1.12.16

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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