Chess Grand Master 2nd Galway 8.40

Eagle Spirit 10th Galway 8.10

Medal Of Honour 4th Galway 6.25

Successor 7th Galway 5.55

Le Richebourg wins Galway 5.20 



Le Richebourg justifies his odds in the opener at Galway

 By Gary Carson

Le Richebourg was sent off a short price to make it three from three over jumps in the opening contest at Galway this evening and stamped his class on proceedings in the Galwaybayhotel.com & Radissonhotelgalway.com Novice Hurdle.

Barry Geraghty, having his first ride back since Easter, tracked front-runner Twobelucky  in the two-miler before moving up to challenge before the second last.

Joseph's gelding got things wrong at the penultimate flight handing the advantage back to the Twobelucky but picked him up again going to the last.

The 4/9 hotpot quickened to lead on the run-in and was pulling away at the line to record a five-length victory. Le Richebourg was maintaining a perfect record over jumps having scored twice at Killarney.

“He's a grand horse and Barry gave him a lovely ride,” said O'Brien.

“They went very slow and then winged down over the last two. It was very tactical but he's a nice horse.

“He's a national hunt bred horse and he's running against horses off the Flat so that would be playing into their hands. He's exciting.

“He missed the second last and it's hard to gain momentum up the hill here and he seemed to do it fairly sharpish.

“We might look at the race at Tipperary in October. He's had three runs over hurdles now. We'll speak with Frank and JP and see what the plan is.”

Geraghty added:- "Andrew (Lynch) rode a clever race in front and I was conscious to be on his heels coming down the hill. I fluffed the second last and we quickened well from there.

"He has plenty to learn but he feels like a nice type and if he keeps improving he could be very nice."


Joseph 2nd favourite to be top trainer at the Galway festival


It remains Irish racing’s most singular event but there will be an undoubted changing-of-the-guard element to Galway’s 2017 festival should Joseph O’Brien emerge as the week’s top trainer.

Aidan O’Brien’s 24-year-old son has officially held a licence for only just over a year but has been backed into 9-4 second favourite to lift the Leading Trainer award.

A year ago Willie Mullins pulled off what once would have seemed near-impossible and dethroned the traditional “King of Ballybrit”, Dermot Weld Jump racing’s maestro is odds-on to retain the title.

But with Weld dismissing his chances of resuming Galway dominance on the back of a virus-hit campaign, it is Joseph who is widely anticipated to emerge as Mullins’s main danger.  


31.07.17  Houses returns to hurdles

Housesofparliament (left)
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Housesofparliament was among the talented bunch of ex-Ballydoyle horses to join Joseph O'Brien last year and he gets the chance to kick start his jumping career in the Colm Quinn BMW Novice Hurdle at Galway on Tuesday.

The Galileo gelding hasn't been seen since struggling in Grade One company on his second outing over timber at Leopardstown back in February.

The four-year-old had been a smart staying type on the level for Aidan O'Brien, finishing a close third in the St Leger at Doncaster on his final Flat outing.

He shaped with promise on his debut over jumps when chasing home the talented Meri Devie at Leopardstown last Christmas but in more testing conditions back at that course, he made little impact when upped in class.

Showers are forecast but the ground is likely to be much more to his liking now and he looks a classy animal who is capable of much better than he has shown yet over jumps.


31.07.17  Galway Preview

Barry Geraghty who has been out of action since suffering a broken arm in a fall in the Irish Grand National in April, returns to action tonight when he rides the JP McManus owned and Joseph O'Brien trained Le Richebourg in the festival curtain-raiser, the Four-Year-Old Novice Hurdle (5.20).

The 2m event has attracted a field of nine and Le Richebourg is one of three in the line-up who is two from two over hurdles having achieved both of his wins at Killarney.

Joseph said : "Le Richebourg has been going nicely. He's in good form but it looks a very competitive race. I don't think the easy ground will be a problem and we're hoping for a good run.

Judging by the early markets, punters are going to rely on Joseph O'Brien's Le Richebourg to get the 2017 festival off to a good start in the Galwaybayhotel.com & radissonhotelgalway.com Novice Hurdle (5.20) under Barry Geraghty - and that's no surprise given the potential he's shown.

A relation of Grands Crus, he showed fair form in bumpers before winning a maiden and a novice hurdle, and it was particularly noteworthy how he powered clear after the last in that novice at Killarney recently.

Definitely one for the notebook.

In the 6.25 Galway Claregalwayhotel.ie Irish EBF Maiden for  2yo colts and geldings over 7 furlongs Joseph runs Medal Of Honour, he is the most experienced colt in the seven-runner line-up having been placed on three of his four starts. Donnacha takes the ride.

He was no match for subsequent Group 3 winner The Pentagon on his most recent appearance at the Curragh where he was beaten eight and a half lengths into second, the son of Lope De Vega is fitted with a tongue-tie for the first time tonight.

Joseph said  "Medal Of Honour has been performing well and has been unlucky to come up against some very good rivals. He's in good form and we're putting on the tongue-tie to help him on the ground, which will be slower than he's raced on so far. His form gives him a good chance."

Stats aside, Medal Of Honour should prove hard to beat in the Claregalwayhotel.ie C&G Irish EBF Maiden (6.25) for Joseph O'Brien, although he'll possibly be a shade odds-on. He's been knocking on the door in maidens and this looks a little weaker than some of those.

In the 1m 4½f Three-Year-Old Handicap (8.10), Joseph and Donnacha are represented by Eagle Spirit, a winner for the pair at Naas over 1m 2f on his most recent start, but Joseph has his worries.

Joseph said of his top weight: "He won nicely at Naas and came out of the race well, but he's drawn 13 of 13 which is far from deal and how he will handle the easy ground is also a worry.

We don't have a huge amount to go on in the closing bumper (8.40) and the market may prove useful in sorting the wheat from the chaff.

A number of these are yet to race so it's hard to make a call, but from what we do know Chess Grand Master looks the sort that can take a race like this for Joseph O'Brien.

The Galileo gelding, which should go off around 5/2, was second in his debut bumper to his promising stablemate Santiago de Cuba and should have more to come.



Joseph has 3 lots for the Goffs UK HIT sale 8th August

Lot 123
Oath Breaker (IRE) by Oscar (IRE) x Turtle Lamp (IRE)
12 B.G Consignor: Carriganog Racing (Joseph O'Brien) | D194
Lot 124
Nemean Lion (IRE) by Mahler (GB) x Sandy Desert (GB)
12 B.G Consignor: Carriganog Racing (Joseph O'Brien) | D195

Lot 156
Birthplace (IRE) by Galileo (IRE) x Ask For The Moon (FR)
13 Ch.G Consignor: Carriganog Racing (Joseph O'Brien) | D196


Apparition wins Curragh 4.40

Dream Malfunction 8th Curragh 2.20

Baroness 5th, Eos 7th & Matter Of Time 13th Curragh 1.45



Apparition wins the Amateur Derby

Apparition (dark coloured noseband) sees it out well under Derek O'Connor

After the domination of his father and brother Aidan and Donnacha earlier on the card,  with their hat-trick, Joseph O'Brien got in on the act at the Curragh. He trains Apparition for the Annus Mirabilis Syndicate and the three-year-old came out on top in the Irish Daily Mail Amateur Riders Derby (Q.R.) Handicap.
The only one from the 'Classic generation' in this twelve runner mile and a half event, Apparition went for his race under Derek O'Connor from the furlong pole.

Time For Mabel and Political Policy were soon in pursuit, but they were half a length and a nose down at the line.

O'Connor has now ridden a winner at every track in Ireland.

"Derek gave him a great ride. He was saying he has a winner in every track in Ireland now and that's some effort. I'd delighted for him," said the winning trainer.

"It was a tough performance out of him and that's probably as far as he wants to go. I wouldn't say he was doing a lot in front, that's what it looked like, and Derek said probably a mile-and-a-quarter might be his optimum.

"It was a nice prize and nice to get him to win. He's a very good jumper and that's where his future lies.

"He's 16'2 and well able to jump. He can go three-year-old hurdling whenever.
"We'll see what the handicapper does and if there was a nice mile-and-a-quarter race back here he could come back for that.

"He seems to like the track here. He's a big horse and has run very well on his two runs here. He's a nice horse."

For his part O'Connor reflected on his achievement by saying: "It's nice but it's down to the people I ride for and I get great support.

"I've teamed up with Joseph three times now for two winners so it's a good strike-rate."


Wooster 5th Down Royal 9pm

Motherland 6th Down Royal 7.55

Valgor Du Ronceray UR Wexford 7.05 

Darkolva 2nd Down Royal 6.55

Let's Twist Again 3rd Wexford 6.35


Sweetasever 14th Leopardstown 8 pm

Drapers Guild 4th Leopardstown 6.25 

Mischievious Max 2nd Limerick 5.35


Reckless Gold NR Naas 9pm (Coughing)


Treasure Chest 5th Ballinrobe 7.10 

Spin A Yarn wins Ballinrobe 5.40

Joseph has a new horse Cymro & a new owner D R Passant


Spin A Yarn makes it 10 winners in a week for Joseph

Spin A Yarn and JJ Slevin pictured on their way to victory

 By Donal Murphy

Joseph O'Brien recorded his tenth winner in the last week, as Spin A Yarn took the opener at Ballinrobe, the Paddy Smyth Memorial Maiden Hurdle.

Tenth on debut in the Goffs Land Rover Bumper at the Punchestown Festival, the son of Flemensfirth put in a much improved performance to finish third on his next start over flights at Roscommon.

Having opened at 15/8 on-course this evening, he eventually went off the clear favourite at 7/4.

Ridden by JJ Slevin, the four-year-old bay was far from fluent at times as he raced mainly in second.

He improved to lead before the third last, and kept on well under pressure inside the final furlong, holding off the challenge of Skeaping by a length and a half.

The runner-up was returned at 14/1 under Davy Russell for Gordon Elliott, while Artiste Celebre (6/1) was eighteenth lengths back in third for Donagh Meyler and Eoin Doyle.

"I could here Davy coming to me and my lad was a bit lairy out in front. He wasn't doing a whole lot. He found plenty and I think if Davy had to get closer my lad would have kept finding. He dug deep," said Slevin.

"He has a nice level of ability and he's improving away the whole time.

"He's a nice horse for the future."

Additional reporting by Eamonn Murphy



High Tide 7th Ballinrobe 8.35

Detailed wins Ballinrobe 6.35

Thomas O'Malley wins Ballinrobe 6.05

Detailed brings up a double for Donnacha & Joseph

Detailed (nearest) comes with her effort under Donnacha O'Brien
©Healy Racing Photos

 By Donal Murphy

After winning the second with Thomas O'Malley, Joseph and Donnacha O'Brien, along with owners the Annus Mirabilis Syndicate, doubled-up with Detailed in the Tote Handicap.

Second at Hamilton on her last start, the daughter of Motivator was available at 8/1 last night, but opened on-course at 9/2, before going off a 7/2 chance.

Settled towards rear, she was in rear with three furlongs left to race. She was pushed along from the two furlong pole, and improved to challenge on the outer as they straightened up for home.

She got to the front inside the final 100 yards, and kept on well to score by half a length.

Mr Adjudicator (12/1) finished second under Killian Leonard for Joe Murphy, while Empress Lyla (3/1jfav), Gary Carroll aboard for Sheila Lavery, was another half a length away in third.

The other joint-favourite was Level Of Intensity, and he finished a disappointing eighth under Kevin Manning for Jim Bolger.

The winning rider said afterwards: "I told the lads before I went out that I was going to make the running on her. That obviously didn't go to plan.

"They were going so quick and got racing early as well so I was happy to sit as long as I could and when I whipped her out she sprinted.

"They went quick and I was surprised they started racing so early. I just tried to keep her in on the bends for as long as I could and I was happy that I'd pick up and go very close once I did pull her out."

Additional reporting by Eamonn Murphy



Thomas O'Malley another winner for red hot Joseph

Thomas O'Malley is ridden out by Donnacha O'Brien
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 By Donal Murphy
Joseph O'Brien recorded his eighth winner in the last five days, as Thomas O'Malley got off the mark in the Win Big With Tote Maiden.

Without a win in twelve starts, the son of Henrythenavigator was last seen finishing eighth of nineteen in the Apprentice Derby at the Curragh last month.

Having opened at 5/2 on-course this evening, the bay gelding proved easy to back, going off a 7/2 chance under Donnacha O'Brien.

Settled in fifth, he took closer order from three furlongs out, and was ridden to challenge on the outer in third with just over a furlong left to race.

He got to the front inside the final 150 yards, keeping on well from there to score by a length and three parts.

Newcomer My Amazing One (20/1) ran well to finish second under Wayne Lordan for Thomond O'Mara, while Winston Wolfe (9/4) was a short head back in third for Leigh Roche and Darren Bunyan.

Alahida was sent off the 2/1 favourite (from 3s), and she was a disappointing fifth under Pat Smullen for Dermot Weld.

The winning rider said afterwards: "When you handle the track around here it's half the battle, and he went around it really well.

"There was half a gap between Leigh and Pat coming around the bend, I didn't really want to kick into it so I just had to wait and go around them. Once I did go around he quickened up nicely.

"Around a track like Ballinrobe is a disadvantage to a lot of horses, but it's an advantage to him.

"His owners (the Annus Mirabilis Syndicate) love racing. The have four or five horses with Joseph so hopefully they'll get some more success."

Additional reporting by Eamonn Murphy



Joseph's thoughts on Ana & the weekend

It’s been a tricky time for us recently with Ana’s nasty fall at Killarney but she was lucky and please God she’s going to be fine.


On the racing side our horses have been running well and long may it last. Le Richebourg notched another victory and he has now won both times over hurdles very nicely. There’s a chance he may have an entry in Galway and hopefully he’s a horse with a bright future.
Monarch won nicely at Kilbeggan and he’s been second three times over hurdles so we’ll see what kind of handicap mark he gets and decide then whether to stick him into handicaps or keep him in novice company. He’s a horse that could progress.

Stepping Up

Bhutan is another nice horse for the future after a win at Tipperary on Sunday. His jumping was nice but not perfect so hopefully there’s a little bit of improvement to come on that side things. He went to the line very strong and there’s no reason to step him into too high a class just yet, we think he’s a nice horse.
On the flat on Sunday at Fairyhouse Boragh Steps had nice form after a good run first time out and won very well at a short price.
She’s a nice filly who looks well entitled for a step up in class…
…and I might try to find a winners race for her next.


The weights have just been published for the Galway Plate and Hurdle.
I have a couple in the hurdle and Tigris River has had a good summer so far running well on the flat and over hurdles.
He ran well in last year’s race so there’s no reason why he shouldn’t do so again. 
Plinth is in good form also. The handicapper gave him 8lbs for his win at Tipperary which will make things difficult but he is well entitled to turn up at a race like this. All The Answers also has an entry, he’s a nice horse and he finished second in a chase at Killarney last time so he might stay chasing, but this will be a good option if he gets in and if the three of them get in they will all run.

Thermistocles 3rd & Ballybrowney Jack 4th Tipperary 5.05

Persistent 2nd Tipperary 3.05

Boragh Steps wins Fairyhouse 2.25

Bhutan wins Tipperary 2.05


Boragh Steps brings up a double for Joseph

Boragh Steps justified her short price with a straight forward win in the median auction maiden at Fairyhouse.

Donnacha O'Brien was soon in front on the 4/5 favourite and she looked in control in the closing stages.

Solar Wave gave chase down the straight but could only get within a length of the Joseph O'Brien-trained filly.

The winner had shaped with promise when third to Dawn Delivers in a hot looking Curragh maiden on her debut last week.

“She had a good run the first day and if she reproduced that she was entitled to win and she did thank God,” said Donnacha O'Brien.

“She came out of the Curragh well and it was a perfect race for her. It probably weaker than some maidens but it slotted in lovely.

“She travelled strongly, she'd probably be a bit keen over seven but over six she's fine. When someone came to me she went on again and she quickened up nicely.”



Bhutan a name for the future

Grey horse Bhutan with Jody McGarvey up
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Twenty minutes before Boragh Steps' win for the stable at Fairyhouse, Joseph O'Brien started the day on the right note with J P McManus' well-backed odds-on chance Bhutan took the Walter Hennessy Auctioneer, Valuer and Estate Agent MIPAV TRV Maiden Hurdle at Tipperary.

Jody McGarvey did the steering on Bhutan, and the 4/5 shot accounted for Born To Size by three and three parts of a length.

"He is a nice horse and has a big engine and hopefully he will progress with racing, as it's only his third run ever," said O'Brien.

"He is still green but came back on the bridle coming to the second last. He does have to do some things a little bit better but the raw material is there. It wasn't a brilliant race but I thought he went to the line very very well.

"Maybe the four year old novice hurdle at Galway on Monday week might come too soon for him but we'll see how he comes out of it. I've nothing off the top of my head planned for him but he'll stay hurdling and aim nice and low."



Kilclispeen PU Limerick 5.30

High Language 3rd Gowran Park  4.35

Lynn's Memory 9th Newbury 3.35

Inescapable 5th Gowran Park 2.25



Marchese Marconi PU Kilbeggan 8.30 

Tesseract NR Kilbeggan 8pm

Monarch wins Kilbeggan  6.25

Gabriel Archer now with Henry De Bromhead


Monarch keeps Joseph's winning streak going

Monarch and Jody McGarvey
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"He jumped well and liked the ground," said winning owner J P McManus' racing manager Frank Berry after Monarch ran out a stylish winner of the Like Us On Facebook Maiden Hurdle at Kilbeggan.

The 'green and gold,' successful trainer Joseph O'Brien, and the man aboard Monarch here, Jody McGarvey, have really been making hay of late and their representative here was expected to keep the run going.

Backed from 15/8 into 6/4 favouritism, the Galileo gelding, a useful Flat performer, brought to an end a sequence of three second placings over flights by comfortably seeing off Canny Tom by four and a half lengths.

"He had that bit of experience against maidens and that makes a big difference. We'll find a little handicap for him," elaborated Berry.

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Lynn's Memory Set For Newbury Raid

Lynn's Memory goes for a big pot when she lines up in the Weatherbys Super Sprint at Newbury on Saturday.

The daughter of Acclamation will always be fondly remembered by Joseph O'Brien as his first winner as a trainer on British soil but owner Nick Bradley feels more hopeful than confident.

"She won at Bath and was Joseph's first winner here and she wasn't beaten too far in a Listed race last time to say the jockey stopped riding once her chance had gone," said Bradley.

"I'm not sure stall one is great, to be honest, and she needs the ground to dry out.

"There's so much money on offer that once you've paid to stay in you may as well run.

"She's got loads of boot and will be up there, it's if she can hang on."



Lord Justice wins Leopardstown  9pm

Ruby Gates 7th Leopardstown 8.30 

Castrogiovanni 4th & Prep 6th Leopardstown 5.50

Chess Grand Master 2nd & Santiago De Cuba wins Killarney 5.20 

Felix Mendelssohn Non Runner Killarney 4.45

All The Answers 2nd & Aspen Colorado 9th Killarney 3.40

Immortal Bridge wins & Hallmark 2nd Killarney 2.35

Le Richebourg wins the 1.35 at Killarney



Lord Justice makes it four

Lord Justice crosses the line in front under Donnacha O'Brien

 By Donal Murphy
Joseph O'Brien recorded his fourth winner of the day, as his Lord Justice took the finale at Leopardstown, the Manguard Plus Handicap.

O'Brien earlier saddled a treble at Killarney, winning with Le Richebourg, Immortal Bridgeand Santiago De Cuba.< Lord Justice was recording his first win on the level this evening, with his two previous victories coming over flights.

Sent off the 3/1 joint-favourite, the son of Zoffany raced in mid-division under Donnacha O'Brien.

He took closer order on the approach to the straight, and was ridden to challenge in second over a furlong from home.

He got to the front inside the final 150 yards, keeping on well from there to score by a length for owners the Annus Mirabilis Syndicate.

Black Label (12/1), who hit the front entering the straight, had to settle for second under Colin Keane for Adrian McGuinness, while El Tren (6s to 5s) was a head back in third for Donagh O'Connor and Johnny Levins.

Theophilus was the other joint-favourite and he finished fourth.

The winning rider said afterwards: "They went a nice gallop and the bit of ease in the ground helped him. He did it nicely in the end, he has plenty of ability.

"Joseph is on fire at the minute so long may it continue."

Additional reporting by Gary Carson



Santiago De Cuba completes a treble for Joseph & JP McManus

Santiago De Cuba leads home his rivals under Derek O'Connor
©Healy Racing Photos

 By Donal Murphy
Newcomer Santiago De Cuba completed a treble for Joseph O'Brien and JP McManus at Killarney, as he ran out a good winner of the last, the Christy Lucey Transport Limited Flat Race.

O'Brien and McManus earlier won the opener with Le Richebourg, while the were also successful in the third race with Immortal Bridge.

The winning trainer was recording his second 1, 2 of the afternoon, with fellow newcomer Chess Grand Master filling the runner-up spot.

Formerly trained by Aidan O'Brien, the winning son of Pour Moi was sold for 210,000 guineas as a yearling.

Available at 7/2 this morning, he touched 9/4 on-course, before going off a well-backed 15/8 chance under Derek O'Connor.

Settled in mid-division, the bay victor took closer order on the approach to the straight, and he was soon briefly squeezed for room.

He travelled strongly and challenged the favourite Special Ted from the two furlong pole. He got to the front over a furlong out, and soon went clear, keeping on well to score by three and three parts of a length.

Chess Grand Master, who was badly hampered over two furlongs out, kept on nicely to take second under Tom Hamilton at 12/1.

The aforementioned 5/4 favourite (from 13/8) Special Ted was another two and three parts of a length back in third for Patrick and Willie Mullins.

O'Brien said afterwards: "It was a very good day and he is a lovely horse and Derek gave him a lovely ride.

"The other horse (Chess Grand Master) ran well too and we thought Santiago De Cuba wasn't too far away from some of the others (bumper winners) at home.

"That was his first-time out today and he got tightened up and did it fairly well. He could go hurdling now."

Additional reporting by Thomas Weekes



Immortal Bridge brings up a double for Joseph & JP McManus

Immortal Bridge clears the last under JJ Slevin
©Healy Racing Photos

 By Donal Murphy
After winning the opener with Le Richebourg, Joseph O'Brien and JP McManus doubled-up with Immortal Bridge in the Killarney Grand Live Music Venue Handicap Hurdle.

O'Brien and McManus were also recording a 1, 2, with Hallmark filling the runner-up spot.

Successful on the level for Aidan O'Brien in May of last year, Immortal Bridge won again on his second start over flights at Downpatrick last month.

He was third on his handicap debut at Limerick on July 9th, and he was sent off the well-backed 2/1 favourite this afternoon, having opened at 4s on-course.

Settled in mid-division by JJ Slevin, the son of Fastnet Rock was pushed along on the approach to the straight.

He was ridden to challenge on the outer after three out, and swept through to lead on the run to the last, keeping on well from there to score by a length and three parts.< Hallmark got squeezed for room when travelling strongly before two out. He jumped the last in third, keeping on well on the run-in to take second under Jody McGarvey at 25/1.

The well-backed Mindsmadeup (8s to 9/2 on-course) was a further three parts of a length away in third for Davy Russell and James Sheehan.

O'Brien said afterwards: "They both ran very well and JJ's horse seemed to get the trip very well and he gave him a great ride.

"He was a decent horse on the flat and seems to have taken to hurdling but he's a lazy horse, and has been his whole life - that's why he wears blinkers. I don't think he's un-genuine but he just takes a bit of riding.

"We'll find another handicap hurdle with him next.

"Hallmark (runner-up) was a bit unlucky but is an unlucky horse and seems to like being unlucky!

"I think he'll go back for another handicap hurdle and today was his first time going that trip so that opens up a few more doors for him."

Additional reporting by Thomas Weekes



Le Richebourg lands the odds at killarney

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Le Richebourg made it two from two over flights, as he took the opener at Killarney, the Killarney Welcomes Bordeaux Novice Hurdle.

Placed on his first two starts, the Joseph O'Brien trained four-year-old made the breakthrough on his hurdling debut over the course and distance in May.

The son of Network was expected to follow-up this afternoon, and went off the 8/13 favourite under Jody McGarvey.

Having raced in second, the JP McManus owned victor travelled strong to close on the leader from three out.

He wasn't fluent at the second last, but jumped to the front at the final flight, and quickly stretched clear, going on to score by six lengths.

The front-running Timi Roli (9/4) had to settle for second under Ruby Walsh for Willie Mullins, while Vinnie Luck was a further

Royal Hawk was third when he made a bad mistake three out. He unfortunately injured himself in the process and was subsequently pulled up. "it was a good performance. They went very slow and sprinted down over the last three and it was nice to see him win. He was long at the third last and got a bit close to the second last but was good at the last and on the whole he jumps well.

Joseph O'Brien said afterwards: "Jody said he came back on the bridle very quick after his mistake at the second last and he is a nice horse who can progress.

"I'd hope he'll run during the winter as it was good and soft when he ran twice in bumpers and his bumper form is top class. He wouldn't run on any ground better than today and we'll try and mind him."

The winner is a half-brother to Grade 1 winner Grand Crus and nine time victor Gevrey Chambertin.

Additional reporting by Thomas Weekes



War Goddess 4th Killarney 8pm

Richard Strauss 7th Killarney 6.55

Renaissance Man 5th Killarney 6.25



Grey Waters 3rd, French Mix 6th & Inescapable 10th Killarney 7.20

We wish Ana a speedy recovery

Druids Cross Brought Down Killarney 6.20 (Fatal Injury) Our thoughts go out to all those who were involved with the horse

Joseph has a new horse High Language

All of Joseph's horses have been withdrawn from the Tatts Ireland (Ascot) sale



Dilmun 5th & Ruby Shoes 12th Killarney 7pm

Amenette 2nd Killarney 6pm

Pronounced has been withdrawn from the Tatts Ireland (Ascot) sale tomorrow.



Birthplace 6th Curragh 5.50

Kamili wins Curragh 5.20

Zig Zag 4th Sligo 4.35

Dawn In The Park 2nd Sligo 2.25

Boragh Steps 3rd Curragh 2.05

Tree Of Knowledge 5th & Mischievious Max 4th  Sligo 1.50

Epitaph now with Michael Appleby



Kamili Comes Good In Maiden

Kamili and Donnacha O'Brien 
©Healy Racing Photos

 By Gary Carson
Kamili continued on an upward curve as she landed the mile fillies maiden at the Curragh this afternoon.

The 7/2 shot was produced with a strong run inside the final furlong, by Donnacha O'Brien, to get on top in the closing stages and record a three-parts-of-a-length win over Muniza.

“She's been improving with every run. She was a slow learner but we think she's on the right track,” said O'Brien.

“It's great to have a winner for Anne (Marshall) and Frank (Dunne). We think she's a very nice filly, she's a very well-bred filly, and she's after winning a Curragh maiden now. We'll step her up in class now and see what happens.

“She was unlucky the last day. We thought she had ended up with a very nice mark just by circumstances.

“She's won a Curragh maiden now so she might be rated mid 80s. We think she's stepping up so hopefully she can keep progressing with each run.”



Sweetasever 2nd Hamilton 9.05

Pronounced 7th Hamilton 8.35

Detailed 2nd Hamilton 8.05

Ligeti 5th Hamilton 7.35

Spirit Power 6th Hamilton 6.05

Intricately 7th Irish Oaks Curragh 5.55

Medal of Honour 2nd Curragh 3.10

Joseph's Lots for Tattersalls Ireland (Ascot) July Sale 18.07.17

77Shenzi (IRE) 2014 B.G. BY Fastnet Rock (AUS) EX Song of The Sea (GB) Carriganog Racing, Ireland (J. P. O'Brien)77
78Pronounced (IRE) 2014 B.G. BY Power (GB) EX Le Montrachet (GB) Carriganog Racing, Ireland (J. P. O'Brien)78
79Birthplace (IRE) 2013 Ch.G. BY Galileo (IRE) EX Ask For The Moon (FR) Carriganog Racing, Ireland (J. P. O'Brien)79
80Basilisk (IRE) 2012 Ch.G. BY Flemensfirth (USA) EX Northern Mill (IRE) Carriganog Racing, Ireland (J. P. O'Brien)80
81Oath Breaker (IRE) 2012 B.G. BY Oscar (IRE) EX Turtle Lamp (IRE) Carriganog Racing, Ireland (J. P. O'Brien)81

Duplication 3rd Navan 8.05

Boston Spray 2nd Cork 7.10

Joseph has 2 new National Hunt horses Chess Grand Master & Santiago De Cuba and 1 new 2 year old Castrogiovanni & new owners J Harney & Paul Brophy.


Jaqen H'ghar 10th Leopardstown 7.55 
Nemean Lion 4th Downpatrick 6.10 

Dream Malfunction 4th Eos 6th & Victory Boom 10th Leopardstown 5.50 

Tamboureen sold to Nasser Al Ghazali for 65,000 gns at Tattersalls July sale yesterday.

Instinctively, Measured & Palace Guard now with Annus Mirabilis Syndicate.

Measured has been gelded

Delayed Eloquence 2nd Downpatrick 4.10

A Year To Remember wins Downpatrick 3.40



A Year To Remember powers on up the hill 

A Year To Remember stays on up the hill in Downpatrick
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 By Michael Graham

Joseph O'Brien's A Year To Remember had a fortuitous victory in Downpatrick when left in the lead at the last in the extended two and a quarter mile maiden hurdle.

Leomar had the race at his mercy when a few lengths clear coming to the final flight but made a mistake and fell.< A Year To Remember was clear of odds-on-favourite Super Bowl and made the most of his fortune by galloping up the hill to win by four and three quarter lengths at 14/1.< Super Bowl (4/6f) was unable to cut into his lead and passed the post second. Shamash (13/2) was a further six lengths away in third.

Winning jockey Jody McGarvey said: "I just got lucky. Bryan (Cooper on Leomar) got a run on me down the hill. He had me flat to the boards and if he had jumped the last he probably would have put it to bed.

"We had luck on our side and our lad stayed on up the hill. We had pretty weak opposition behind. He's just very limited ability-wise. He got a bit of luck, he was lucky to win one."



Dilmun wins Dundalk 2.50


12.07.17 Dilmun finally breaks her Maiden

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 By Thomas Weekes
Joseph O’Brien’s Dilmun (6/4f) made it third time lucky today, when winning the Bet Now With The Ladbrokes App Maiden at Dundalk today under the trainer’s brother Donnacha O’Brien.

The daughter of War Front went past leader Barca with a furlong to race and in the end scored a two and a half lengths win over that rival.

Afterwards Donnacha O'Brien stated “she had a nice run the last day (at Leopardstown, when fourth), and the form has worked out well.

“I kept it simple, and I think she can get a mile and a quarter as she relaxes well."

Quotes from Alan Magee



Themistocles wins Roscommon 8.25 

Cook Islands 3rd Roscommon 7.25

Nemean Lion 6th & Tommy Welsh 5th Roscommon 6.55

Joseph has a new horse Boragh Steps

Ambiguity, Eagle Spirit, Sweetasever & Lynn's Memory all withdrawn from Tattersalls July sale. Tamboureen added as a late entry.



Thermistocles wins on his debut

Thermistocles, near side, keeps on best in Roscommon
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 By Michael Graham

Joseph O'Brien's Thermistocles stayed on well at the end of an extended two and a half miles to make a winning debut in a bumper at Roscommon.

The Oscar five-year-old gelding was third racing towards the final furlong as West Burma went for home with Slippery Serpent in second.

However, the petrol wasn't in the tank for West Burma who edged left under pressure and hampered Thermistocles 150 yards out. The latter regained an even keel under Tom Hamilton and galloped on strongly to lead going away inside the final 100 yards.

He hit the line a length and a quarter to the good at 7/2 having been backed down from 6/1.< Slippery Serpent (4/1) chased him home with a three-length gap back to 5/2 favourite West Burma.

Stephen Mahon's Silverfort was backed from 25/1 in the morning to 13/2 but stumbled and unseated Richie Deegan over half a mile out when on the heels of the leaders.



Secret Splendour 3rd Roscommon 8.55 

Remember The Days 5th Roscommon 7.55

Satisfy 4th & French Mix 11th Roscommon 7.25

Bachelor 5th Roscommon 5.55



Marchese Marconi 11th Limerick 4.45

Valgor Du Ronceray 2nd Limerick  4.10

Immortal Bridge 3rd Limerick 2.30

Lord Justice 2nd Hallmark 11th & Zig Zag 9th Limerick 2 pm



Tower Bridge wins Bellewstown 8.20

Theydon Park 2nd Bellewstown   7.50

Aeglos wins Bellewstown 6.20

Oath Breaker 9th Bellewstown  5.50

Pronounced 5th Naas 5.05

Tigris River wins Bellewstown 4.50

Birthplace 12th & Eagle Spirit wins Naas  4.30

Art Nouvelle 8th Naas 2.45

Eagle Spirit & Sweetasever withdrawn from Tattersalls July sale



Tower Bridge makes it four 

Tower Bridge impresses in Bellewstown
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 By Michael Graham
The JP McManus silks were carried to victory five times this evening in Bellewstown as Tower Bridge completed the nap hand in the bumper.

Joseph O'Brien's Tower Bridge, the 5/4 favourite, travelled well for Tom Hamilton in third before being switched out to lead approaching the two pole.

He quickly asserted and raced clear coming to the final furlong. Iolani (10/3) set off in vain pursuit but could make no impression and dropped to third near the line as Dalouga (2/1) got up for second.

The winning margin was recorded at seven and a half lengths.

Frank Berry, racing manager to JP McManus, said: "That was lovely. He travelled great the whole way, picked up easy and did it well.

“He seemed to like the ground and I'd say he has come on from his last run. He's going the right way.

“He'll probably go for another bumper and go jumping in the autumn.

“I'm never too greedy but we were hoping for one or two tonight. To get five is a bonus — it's great!

“It's brilliant and you couldn't have had a better evening here either. There is a fantastic crowd.”

The McManus five-timer paid just over 111/1.< Tower Bridge gave Joseph O'Brien a Bellewstown treble and an across-the-card quad as he also enjoyed a winner at Naas.



Aeglos brings up a treble for Joseph

Aeglos, near side, beats Canny Tom, far side, into second
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 By Michael Graham
Aeglos brought up a Bellewstown double for trainer Joseph O'Brien and jockey Jody McGarvey when staying on stoutly in the extended two mile maiden hurdle at Bellewstown.

He also gave O'Brien an across-the-card treble as Eagle Spirit won on the afternoon card at Naas before Tigris River took the opener in Bellewstown.

Front-running Herminio's chance went when he ploughed through the sixth hurdle and went right down as Ruby Walsh clung on to keep the partnership intact.

He lost the lead to Play The Part and soon weakened out of contention as Shamash stalked the new leader. < Play The Part came under Roger Loughran's whip after the third last as Shamash travelled sweetly for Mark Bolger to get on terms at the penultimate hurdle.

However, coming to the last Shamash dropped to fourth as Aeglos, on his outer, moved powerfully to jump it in the lead with Canny Tom on the inside.<Aeglos (3/1) had too much for that opponent on the run-in as he strode on to score by two and a half lengths.

Runner-up Canny Tom was Burlington Bertie 100/30 with third-placed Play The Part an 8/1 shot.

Frank Berry, racing manager for JP McManus, said: "He seemed to jump okay and did it well. He got a bit upset before the race but it was a nice performance.

“It probably wasn't the strongest race, as there were a lot of them there going to the last, but he can do no more than win.

“We'll tip away with him during the summer. It's been a great night so far.”

This was a third winner on the card for McManus following on from Tigris River and Steamboat Quay.



Eagle Spirit & Sweetasever withdrawn from Tattersalls July sale.

236Eagle Spirit (IRE) B.G. by Holy Roman Emperor (IRE) x Romie's Kastett (GER) Related ResultsUpdateFur  450
Consignor: Carriganog Racing, Ireland (J. P. O'Brien) — Lot Withdrawn 
237Sweetasever (IRE) Br.F. by Power (GB) x In My Dreams (IRE) Related ResultsFur  451
Consignor: Carriganog Racing, Ireland (J. P. O'Brien) — Lot Withdrawn



Tigris River hacks up 

Tigris River and Jody McGarvey 
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 By Gary Carson
Tigris River was sent off a short price for the opening contest at Bellewstown tonight and duly did the business as expected.

Jody McGarvey sat behind the leaders on the 8/11 favourite before making ground up three from home in the two-and-a-half mile conditions hurdle.

The Joseph O'Brien-trained gelding hit the front over the last and was always in control as he went on to record a cosy two-and-a-half length win over Noble Inn.

Frank Berry, racing manager to owner JP McManus, suggested the Mervue Handicap Handicap at Galway could be next on the agenda:-

“That was grand. Jody said he hit a flat patch up the back and was a bit worried for a bit but he picked up and jumped well. The conditions of the race suited him very well.

“He'll get a entry for the Galway hurdle but the race on the Saturday might suit him better as he looks like he needs a bit further these days. “He got caught a bit for speed in the Galway Hurdle last year but he might know a bit more this year.”



Eagle Spirit gives Donnacha a treble

Eagle Spirit arrives on the scene in Naas
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 By Michael Graham
Well-backed favourite Eagle Spirit swamped his rivals in the latter stages to land the extended mile and a quarter handicap in Naas for three-year-olds and upwards.

He gave jockey Donnacha O'Brien a treble on the card after earlier victories on Seahenge (6/1) and Music Box (7/2). The treble paid 173.25 euro for a euro.

The three-year-old son of Holy Roman Emperor held a good position in mid-division on the rail He switched to the outside approaching the two pole and was ridden for his effort inside the final quarter of a mile.

He made headway to sixth at the furlong marker and kept on strongly to arrive at the head of affairs close home. O'Brien's brother Joseph trained the winner.

He was backed from 8/1 to 9/2f. Serefeli was the horse that suffered most from Eagle Spirit's fine finish as he had to settle for second at 7/1, beaten three parts of a length.

Camellia Japonica was the same distance away in third at 16/1.

Donnacha O'Brien said: "I had to bide my time but when he got out and got going he came home well."

This was O'Brien's second treble having booted his first one home in Leopardstown last year.



Mr Everest 6th Bellewstown 8.25   

Kamili 2nd Richard Strauss 6th & Sweetasever 11th Bellewstown  6.55

All The Answers Non Runner 7.15 Wexford (coughing)

Wooster 3rd Bellewstown 5.55

Tamboureen wins and Prep 7th Bellewstown 5.25



Tamboureen gives Pat Smullen his first win for Joseph

Tamboureen and Pat Smullen (far side)
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 By Thomas Weekes

Nine times Champion Jockey Pat Smullen has his position under threat this year but did partner his first winner for a previous Champion Jockey when steering the Joseph O’Brien trained Tamboureen in the opening Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction Maiden at Bellewstown today.

Partnering his 27th winner of the season, Smullen was carrying the colours of Coolmore horse scout Demi O’Byrne on the son of Red Jazz who battled well in first-time blinkers to hold 4/6f Hyperlapse by a head.

The win moved Smullen to within seven of Kevin Manning at the head of the Jockeys’ Championship and, a little more notably, prevented Hyperlapse’s jockey Colin Keane from joining Manning on that number of wins this term.

Dual Champion Jockey-turned trainer O’Brien wasn’t present but afterwards Smullen revealed “it's nice of Joseph to give me a winner. That's my first winner for him and I think only my second ride.”

“Joseph was happy that he would improve a good bit for the blinkers.

“He missed the kick the last day so it was important to get a good start and thankfully he got it easy enough up front and to be fair to him he stuck his head out to the line.

“It's no great shock as Joseph was hopeful of a big run from him and the blinkers obviously did the trick, but I liked the way he battled in the finish.”

Quotes from Gary Carson



The Major General 18th Tipperary 8.55

Persistent 8th Bellewstown  8.40

Myles Ahead 6th Bellewstown 7.40

Plinth wins Tipperary 7.20

Bhutan Non Runner Bellewstown 8.10

Lynn's Memory 6th & Now You're Talking 3rd Tipperary 6.50

Damselfly 4th Bellewstown 5.05 pm

Joseph has 2 new 2 year olds Eos & Victory Boom & 2 new owners Mrs J. Magnier & Ms Alix Eikouby



Plinth gives Joseph another pattern winner

Plinth and Jody McGarvey (left)
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 By Thomas Weekes

The Joseph O’Brien trained Plinth completed the ‘McManus summer double’ at Tipperary today, when adding the featured Grade 3 Kevin McManus Bookmaker sponsored Grimes Hurdle two years after his 2015 win in the Istabraq Hurdle, which is sponsored by the gelding’s owner J.P. McManus.

Ridden today by Jody McGarvey, the son of Montjeu finished with a flourish to beat Kitten Rock by three and a half lengths. Plinth was registering his tenth career win and afterwards O’Brien stated “he’s a great horse in fairness to him and never disappoints and Jody gave him a great ride and gets on well with him.

“He ran fairly well in the Galway Hurdle one year but isn’t on the right side of the handicap now but will be well entitled to take his chance. He jumps well and he tries but coming here I thought the trip might be a bit sharp for him now that he is getting older but has handled it well today.“


Inescapable 5th Fairyhouse 8.20

Rekindling given 9st 3lbs for the Great Voltigeur at York


French Mix 5th Gowran Park 9pm

Richard Strauss 11th Gowran Park 8.30 pm

Spirit Power 11th Gowran Park 6pm

Pronounced Non Runner 8.30 Gowran Park change in the going


Joseph's thoughts on the weekend

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It was a great weekend’s racing at the Curragh and both myself and my father enjoyed it immensely.


Rekindling won very nicely, Wayne Lordan gave him a lovely ride.
He looks like a nice staying horse for the future.
It was a great performance all round and he was receiving a bit of weight which was a help.
He may go back for the Leger trial at the Curragh again. York is also an option but longer term definitely one of the Legers.

Apparition & True Blue Moon

Apparition ran a really good race on Friday evening. He was a little unlucky. He got going a little bit late but then ran a blinder and hopefully he should remain on a competitive mark.
True Blue Moon ran a very creditable race in the Railway Stakes. He was just caught a bit wide and things just didn’t go 100% for him on the day but he still ran a nice race and there’s more to come from him.

Irish Derby Delight

Once again the Irish Derby went to my father with Capri. It was a great race, very tough and competitive, the most competitive Irish Derby we’ve seen for a while which is great.
Capri was the toughest horse on the day and gave it more than any other horse in the race. Seamie Heffernan got him in a great rhythm and gave him a great ride. He fought all the way to the line. He looked like he was going to be passed and came back again.
All in all, the Derby was a very high class race with good horses that made it very competitive.

Nezwaah was a really impressive winner of the Pretty Polly Stakes yesterday. She stepped up on her previous form, travelled and quickened up well, no excuses.

A quick word before I go, I’ve a few runners at Gowran Park on Tuesday and Spirit Power in the first race is my best chance of a winner!



Seamie Heffernan, jockey. "While he’s not a horse, I’d be keeping an eye on Joseph O’Brien. He’s going places".




Rekindling wins Curragh 4.50 Joseph's 100th winner

Intricately 6th Curragh  4.20

Sebastiano Ricci 8th Curragh 1.45



The Lloyd Williams-owned Rekindling is likely to tackle the Irish St Leger after getting the better of experienced stayer Wicklow Brave in the Curragh Cup.

Unplaced in the Epsom Derby last month, Rekindling reeled in the favourite Wicklow Brave to win by half a length.

Williams has several horses in work in Ireland with Aidan O'Brien but Rekindling is in the care of the champion trainer's son Joseph who said the St Leger was a target.

"He had a little bit of class and there was a chance he would be a little bit better than them," O'Brien said.

"It looked today like he could be a Leger horse. He did well to go and get Wicklow Brave. He's a very good horse.

"There is Doncaster and the Irish Leger. He has to go to one or the other and he he probably has to go somewhere between now and then as well."

The Williams-owned Order Of St George[ ran second to Wicklow Brave in the 2016 St Leger with the latter unplaced in the Melbourne Cup.


Rekindling brings up Joseph's 100th winner

Rekindling beats Wicklow Brave
©Healy Racing Photos
 By Gary Carson
Rekindling lunged late to land the spoils in the Comer Group International Curragh Cup for Joseph O'Brien.

The son of High Chaparral bounced back from a disappointing show in the Derby at Epsom to claim the Group 2 contest on his first attempt over one-mile and six furlongs.

Wayne Lordan settled his mount in mid-division but he got shuffled back to the rear turning for home.

11/8 favourite Wicklow Brave looked to have done enough when chasing down front-runner Wisconsin over a furlong from home.

Lordan had to weave his way through onRekindling but got a great tune from the 4/1 shot inside the final furlong and he grabbed Wicklow Brave close home for a half-length win.

“He gave him a great ride and he settled well,” said O'Brien.“He had a little bit of class and there was a chance he would be a little bit better than them.

“Obviously Wicklow Brave is a very good horse but he had a little bit of class and it worked today. Three-year-olds have a good record in this race.

“It looked today like he could be a Leger horse. He did well to go and get Wicklow Brave as he's a very good horse.

“We hadn't thought much further than today. We were probably finding out about him trip-wise today.

“There is Doncaster and the Irish Leger. He has to go to one or the other and he he probably has to go somewhere between now and then as well.

“An awful lot will depend on how the races are looking closer to the time. I'm sure there will be a few better three-year-olds than were taking him on today in Doncaster.

“We'll see what happens closer to the time but it's nice that he's back in form anyway.

“We'll probably have to meet Order Of St George somewhere. If we don't meet him in the trial here we might meet end up meeting him in September here.

“His Leopardstown form (Ballysax win) has worked out really well with Capri in behind and the Dante form (4th to Permian) worked out very well too. The winner won in Ascot and all the form is working out.

“A lot of people are knocking the three-year-old generation but it will be interesting to see in the next month or six weeks.”

Lordan added:- "Things just didn't work out for him at Epsom but he's a good horse. He was a bit too forward in Epsom and was ridden differently today.

"He's won a Derby trial over a mile and a quarter so he's not slow. He now has options over a variety of distances."

Willie Mullins said of the runner-up:- “I thought it was a very good run and we might look at finding something for him before coming back here for the Leger.

“He's a fantastic horse to be able to do it at that level on the Flat and also over jumps.”

Paddypower madeRekindling a 10/1 shot for the St Leger at Doncaster.


True Blue Moon 6th Curragh 4.40

Art Nouvelle 11th Curragh 4.10