Punches Cross breaks his Maiden at the 10th Attempt 


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18.12

Following on from At Your Ease half-an-hour earlier there was another J P McManus-owned victor of race six at Naas, Punches Cross (5s out to 7s) taking the Paddy Power "Live Stream All Irish Racing On Our App" Handicap Chase.

Arthur Moore and Barry Geraghty combined in the training and riding roles with At Your Ease, but it was Joseph O'Brien and Mark Walsh that teamed up with top-weight Punches Cross.

On his first foray in a handicap chase, the victorious Stowaway gelding was one of three battling it out from before the last.

Shedding his maiden tag at the tenth time of asking, Punches Cross was too strong for Well Tom and Jimmyjames on the run-in, crossing the line with three and a quarter lengths and a length in hand.

“He's a bit of a tricky fella and he's had 101 chances,” said O'Brien.

“In fairness to him he jumped well today. They went quick and the race was run to suit him.

“He's been disappointing in fairness but things just worked out for him today.

“They were coming back to him and he was sneaking away. The stiff finish probably suited him.

“He's not a fella I'd be trusting with my life but it's nice that he's after winning a race now.”

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16.12

Midnight Run 2nd Navan 3.10 'Future Champions' Flat Race (Listed) 

Denwork 3rd Navan 1.30

Plinth 15th Navan 1pm Tara Handicap Hurdle (Grade B)

Choungaya 5th & Rhinestone 4th Navan 12.30 Navan Novice Hurdle (Grade 2)

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15.12

Gipsy Lee Rose 4th Fairyhouse 3.35

Young Turk 9th Fairyhouse 12.40

Paris Texas 4th Fairyhouse 12.05

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14.12

Ingelara 13th Dundalk 7pm

Colfer Me 2nd, Vhagar 3rd, Recovery Road 7th & Esprit De Lumiere 9th Dundalk 6.30

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13.12

Dawn In The Park sells for 15,000 Euro bought by Brian Grassick Bloodstock Goffs Ireland Sale

Ming & Tadgh O'Shea are entered in the Group 1 Qatar Derby 22.12

Joseph has a new 2 year old Easy Come Easy Go & 3 NH horses The Game Of Life, Fight For The  Roses, & Gipsy Lee Rose.

Boston Spray 6th Newcastle 2.55

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09.12

Embittered Wins & Touch Of Oscar 11th Punchestown 3.40

Treasure Chest PU Punchestown 3.05

Uisce Beatha 10th Punchestown 2.30

Alighting PU Cork 2.15 Kerry Group Irish EBF Mares Novice Steeplechase (Grade 3) 

Edwulf 5th Punchestown 2pm John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Steeplechase (Grade 1)

Ballyneety 5th Punchestown 12.20

Band Of Outlaws 3rd & Hawthorn PU Cork 12.05

11th - LATROBE - James McDonald

"I thought he ran well enough - he has come a long way in a short time. I got back a bit and he was slow to muster. It has been a long season for him and he will be better next spring. He was checking off heels in the early part of the race and certainly could have done with a smoother run. He is a horse with a lovely action and finished off fairly."

Latrobe 11th Sha Tin 6am Group 1 Hong Kong Vase


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Embittered gives Joseph another winner 


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09.12

Embittered showed a nice attitude to take the last at Punchestown this afternoon, the Old House, Kill (Pro-Am) INH Flat Race.

Having unseated on debut in a point-to-point at Loughrea in May, the son of Fame And Glory since finished third Inch.

Making his debut for Joseph O'Brien today, the Gigginstown House Stud owned bay opened on-course at 11/2, before going off a 9/2 chance.

Settled towards rear by Tom Hamilton, he made progress into mid-division from four furlongs out, and came with his effort on the outer from early in the straight.

He was ridden to the front with just over a furlong left to race, keeping on well from there to score by two and a half lengths.

The 4/6 favourite Santana Plessis, who was briefly short of room turning into the straight, finished second under Jamie Codd for Gordon Elliott, while Cenotice (5/1) was another head back in third.

"He's a lovely horse. He picked up well, he'd had two runs in point-to-points before Joseph got him and he'd been working nicely so that was a great start," said Hamilton.

"He's a lovely horse going forward and he's only going to improve from that."

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08.12

Landofhopeandglory 10th & Wishmoor 13th Navan 2.45

Shady Operator 3rd Navan 2.10

Us An Them 2nd Navan 1.35 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Klairon Davis Novice Steeplechase (Grade 3)

Eviscerating 11th Navan 1.05

Little Light 7th Navan 12.30

City Hall 11th, Write It Down 12th & Glen Of Aherlow 24th Navan Noon

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Latrobe faces a race against time.



O8.12

Irish Derby winner Latrobe must pass a final vet inspection on Sunday morning if he is to run in the Group 1 Hong Kong Vase later that day.

Joseph's runner, arrived in Hong Kong after a successful stay in Australia where he finished a head second in the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes.

A routine pre race inspection conducted on Latrobe found him to be mildly lame on his left front leg with some sensitivity to both heel bulbs of his left front foot. He will be re examined tomorrow morning to assess his suitability to race. An update will be released at that time

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07.12

Pedisnap 4th Dundalk 9pm

Joe The Crow 14th Dundalk 8.30

Far Reach 6th Dundalk 8pm

King's Field Wins & Equitant 2nd Dundalk 7.30

Numerian & Jupiter Road NR. But I Like It 9th & Roger That 2nd Dundalk 6pm

Latrobe continued his preparation with some light work on the all-weather track . Joseph said: "I've just arrived but my assistant Mark (Power) has been very pleased with him all week, but I guess we've got to improve to win a race like this." HK Vase Sunday  

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King's Field gives Donnacha a win on his return


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07.12

Champion Jockey Donnacha O'Brien returned to action at Dundalk this evening when winning the www.dundalkstadium.com Handicap on his brother trainer Joseph O'Brien's King's Field, on his second ride back from a 39 days break.

O'Brien finished up for the 2018 flat turf season at Galway races on October 29 with 111 winners, 12 of which came at the Co Louth venue, and today returned in fine style, finishing second in an earlier maiden on Roger That before winner King's Vow beat stablemate Equitant to lead home a 1-2 for trainer Joseph O'Brien.

Donnacha O'Brien later commented “he did it well. He broke a bit slow but they were going quick so I just took my time on him.

“He got a nice gap at the right time and he stuck it out well.”

When asked if he could be a horse for one of the fast-track qualifiers he added:- “it could suit him. He seems fairly effective on that surface and they'll go a gallop in England as well (in the finals). That could be a target.”

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Can Joseph continue his winning streak at Dundalk?



07.12

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Joseph O’Brien's powerful team are in red hot form at present, and he looks the man to follow at Dundalk again this evening with a total of seven runners.

The 25-year-old Piltown trainer set a new record of 34 winners in a calendar year on the Polytrack with a treble here last Friday and will be hoping for something similar at the latest stage of the winter series.

O’Brien also has a couple of reserves on the programme, and this year’s Irish Derby winning handler launches a particularly strong bid for the featured www.dundalkstadium.com Handicap with King’s Field and Equitant.

This pair certainly will not lack for assistance from the saddle with champion jockey and the trainer’s brother Donnacha aboard King’s Field, and the leader amongst the apprentice brigade, Shane Crosse, will steer Equitant.

Equitant is going for a fourth win in a row, having started the sequence when with Richard Fahey at Chelmsford City in October. The handicapper is making it more difficult for the three-year-old but perhaps there is even more to come from the chestnut.

It is easy to forget that Joseph O’Brien only officially started training in 2016 and he began as he was to continue with four winners on his first day with runners.

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06.12

Camile Wins Leicester 3.20

Arthurian Fame has been gelded

Chateau Conti PU Clonmel 1.15

Smoking Gun Wins Clonmel 12.05

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Smoking Gun Gives Rachael another winner


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06.12

Jockey’s championship leader Rachael Blackmore landed the opening Clonmel Maiden Hurdle on the Gigginstown House Stud-owned and Joseph O’Brien-trained Smoking Gun (6/4 out to 9/4 favourite).

It could have been different if runner-up Makka Pakka (6/1 into 7/2) had jumped better but Smoking Gun (off a 284 day break) was going away at the finish for a three length win.

Blackmore wasn’t long about pouncing on the Gold Well gelding along the stand’s rail from the back of the last and the principals were a length and three parts ahead of Getaday (7/2 from 9/2 on track and bigger earlier).

T J Nagle’s Getaday was ridden by Paul Townend, and the former champion is now two behind Blackmore at the head of the 2018/19 table.

"He was just starting to gallop for me and I thought if I got a good jump at the last he had a chance. He is a little bit backward and is learning all the time and should learn from that," said the winning rider.

"The step up in trip should help" and Joseph said the same thing to me this morning.

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05.12

Joseph has 4 new horses Write It Down, Little Light, Embittered & Hawthorn

Tattersalls UK Mares Sale

Lot 1674 High Language sells to Argamia Bloodstock for 11,500

Lot 1494 Anchovy Sold to Cambridge Stud for 75,000

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02.12

Assemble 4th Fairyhouse 3.40

Ivanovich Gorbatov 20th & Plinth 11th Fairyhouse 3.10

Early Doors 5th Fairyhouse 2.40 BARONERACING.COM Hatton's Grace Hurdle (Grade 1)

Oathkeeper Fell Fairyhouse 2.10

Le Richebourg 2nd Fairyhouse 1.35 BARONERACING.COM Drinmore Novice S´chase (Grade 1)

Triplicate  Fairyhouse 2nd 1.05 BARONERACING.COM Royal Bond Novice H´dle (Grade 1)

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01.12

Desir Du Large Wins Fairyhouse 3.40

Jack Dillinger Wins Fairyhouse 2.30

Lone Wolf Wins Anywayyoulookatit 15th & Glen Of Aherlow 14th Fairyhouse 1.55

Inca Gold NR Fairyhouse 2.30

All The Answers 4th Fairyhouse 1.25

Mortal Wins Fairyhouse 12.15

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Desir Du Large wins his bumper 


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01.12

Joseph O'Brien continued his blistering form with a four-timer on the opening day of the Winter Festival at Fairyhouse that paid 714-1.

Desir Du Large (3-1) readily drew clear approaching the final furlong in the bumper and came home by five lengths in the hands of Tom Hamilton to put the seal on a terrific day for O'Brien.

The trainer said: “It turned into a messy race and the plan was to tuck in but he showed a nice turn of foot. I guess he’ll go jumping hurdles now and he seems to jump well.”

Valdieu (7/4f) was picked off by Desir Du Large in the final quarter of a mile and had no answers as he came in five lengths behind.

This was O'Brien's ninth winner in two days - he had two winners at Limerick yesterday afternoon and three in the evening fixture at Dundalk.

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Jack Dillinger is Joseph's 8th winner in 2 days


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01.12

Joseph O'Brien continued his blistering form with a treble that paid almost 178/1 on the opening day of the Winter Festival at Fairyhouse.

Jack Dillinger brought up O'Brien's third winner on the card in the rated novice hurdle over two and a half miles.

The seven-year-old gelding made headway between horses two out and swept by Jack Fiasco approaching the last.

He wasn't fluent there but stormed home on the run-in to win by seven lengths at 4/1. Court Tycoon (11/2) came through for second in front of Jack Fiasco at 9/1.

Joseph O’Brien said: “He was fighting for his head a bit in Clonmel the last day but he settled great today. He’s a horse with a big engine when things fall right, and his form before was very good.

“I’m delighted for Stanley (Watson) and Michael (O’Flynn) and it’s the first horse I’ve had for them. He settled so well today that you could go any trip with him.

“The horses are running well. Everyone goes through phases were the horses are higher or lower, and at the moment we are in a good phase.”

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Lone Wolf gives Joseph a double 


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01.12

Lone Wolf collared Defy De Mee on the run-in to take Fairyhouse's two and a quarter mile maiden hurdle with Mark Walsh in the plate.

Defy De Mee held a healthy six-length lead rounding the home turn with 6/5 favourite Column Of Fire and Lone Wolf chasing in second and third respectively.

Lone Wolf moved into second entering the straight and the 9/4 shot made relentless headway to close at the last. He always looked like he was going to catch Defy De Mee who gave best in the final 100 yards.

The easy-to-back 9/4 shot hit the line a length and a quarter to the good from the 14/1 runner-up.

Column Of Fire, who was very strong in the market, could make no impression on the front pair and had to settle for third, a further three and three quarter lengths away.

Joseph O'Brien, who was saddling a double, said: “He did well because it looked like Willie’s horse (Defy De Mee) had got away. He jumped well and Mark said he settled well for him.

“Sarah bought him as a store (for 33,000 euro). He’s a big, good-looking horse and he has an engine. He’ll jump a fence eventually, and hopefully he’ll make a nice hurdler as well.

“He’d have no problem going two and a half but I thought he showed pace from the third last up to the line. It’s hard to make up ground when something gets away from you like that. I was quite impressed with him.

“He’ll have to race somewhere between now and the Dublin Racing Festival, so he’ll probably go somewhere over Christmas. You don’t like going straight into good races but sometimes you have to.”

O'Brien also won the opening race on the card through Mortal.

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Mortal Just gets up on chase debut


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01.12

Fairyhouse's Winter Festival got off to a sensational start as Mortal beat Any Second Now after a titanic struggle in the beginners' chase.

Mortal led turning in for this extended two mile five test as Any Second Now moved into a threatening position in second.

Any Second Now drew alongside his rival after the penultimate fence and the pair were locked together jumping the last.

Any Second Now took a narrow lead for Mark Walsh on the run-in but Mortal battle back gamely under Rachael Blackmore to get up by a neck in the closing stages.

The winner was returned at 10/1 having attracted plenty of support in the morning at 14/1. The runner-up went off 5/2 joint favourite. The leading protagonists drew 15 lengths clear of Cherokee Bill at 20/1.

Trainer Joseph O’Brien said: ‘He won very easy first time out and we loved him. He didn’t win his maiden hurdle, although I always pitched him in deep enough because we thought plenty of him.

“Chasing was always going to be his game and he jumped well and Rachael gave him a lovely ride. I didn’t think I had enough done with him to win first time but they didn’t go very quick and that probably helped. I’d say he has a big engine.

“He’s an exciting horse to go over a trip, and he’s bred to do the business. He’s probably a three-miler. The Grade 1 at Christmas would be a big ask but we’ll see how he is between now and then.”

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All The Answers could have the answers


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01.12

All The Answers jumped notably well at Cork — which should stand him in good stead for a step up in class in today's Grade B EasyFix Handicap Steeplechase at Fairyhouse.

Joseph O’Brien’s seven-year-old took the honours by five lengths, on his first venture into handicap company, and that effort can be marked up because it was also his first appearance for almost a year.

A 9lb rise may not be enough to stop him following up this weekend.