Baroness wins at last 

Baroness and Donnacha O'Brien
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 Baroness was much too good for the opposition in the Irish Injured Jockeys Nursery Handicap (Plus 10 Race) at Leopardstown to triumph for the Joseph O'Brien yard.

O'Brien's brother Donnacha was in the plate for the spin on Baroness.

Fifth on her three previous starts, the Declaration Of War filly stepped up to see off Magic Sea and the rest by three and three parts of a length and more.

Joseph O'Brien said afterwards: "She ran very well first time out (at the Curragh) and then ran back there on very bad ground on her second run and hated it, and then got flittered coming out of the stalls at Dundalk and the race was over. She kind of ended up well handicapped by circumstances.

"It was nice to see her do that and Donnacha gave her a lovely ride. I'd imagine that will be it for this season, and she should make up into a nice middle distance filly next year.

"She might progress and get some black type. We always liked her."

The County Kilkenny trainer also saddled the sixth and seventh home, Drapers Guild and Sebastiano Ricci.



Racing Postponed at Fairyhouse & Pronounced a non runner at Ffos Las 2.45 

Katnap 6th in the American Grand National at Farhills



Eagle Spirit 3rd Dundalk 9pm

Wooster 4th Dundalk 8.30

Duplication 7th Dundalk 8pm 

Sweetasever, Hyzenthlay, Sea Of Blue & Break Spring for Sale Goffs November

Jimmy Finn claims Thomas O'Malley Dundalk 5.30

Dowhatisay 12th & Feadan 13th  Dundalk 6pm

Thomas O'Malley wins Dundalk 5.30


Joseph sends 4 lots to the Goffs November breeding sale 

Lot 847 Sea of Blue (IRE) by Fastnet Rock (AUS) x Song of The Sea (GB)2012 Filly | Covering: No Nay Never (USA)

Lot 895 Hyzenthlay (IRE) by Henrythenavigator (USA) x Anka Britannia (USA)
2014 Filly | Covering: Australia (GB)

Lot 1202 Sweetasever (IRE) by Power (GB) x In My Dreams (IRE)
Lot 1265 Break Spring (IRE) by Zoffany (IRE) x Stunned Silence (USA)



Thomas O'Malley wins on the all weather at last

Thomas O'Malley and Sean Corby
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Sean Corby rode his second winner for his boss Joseph O'Brien when Thomas O'Malley came out on top in the Irishinjuredjockeys.com Apprentice Claiming Race.

The Annus Mirabilis Syndicate owned 7/1 shot got the better of Lleyton (33/1) by a length and a half with a length and a quarter back to New Story in third. 

"Joseph told me to be good and handy on him and he travelled nicely turning into the straight," said Corby.

"I probably could have done with something coming with me as I was there on my own soon enough.

"There is a good old headwind but he stuck at it well in fairness. He showed a good attitude and the blinkers probably keep him straight and keep him concentrated.

"His last run over hurdles at Thurles was good and he's a versatile fun horse."

Unicorn PU Punchestown 3.10

Big Ben 18th Punchestown 2.35

Joseph has a new horse Petit Tartare

Intricately to be offered for sale Tattersalls December Sale, December 4



Shady Operator 2nd Punchestown 3.10

Pronounced 5th Punchestown 2.05

All India withdrawn Tattersalls HIT sale 30.10.17



Detailed 4th & High Language 7th Naas 5.20

Young Turk 3rd Cork 3.40

Band Of Outlaws 5th, Damselfly 3rd Naas 2.25

Teardrop Island 7th Naas 1.50


Sebastiano Ricci 2nd  Cork 3.55

Reckless Gold 8th Cork 3.20

Palace Guard 4th Cork 2.10


Jaqen H'Ghar unplaced Dundalk 8pm

Ruby Gates 7th & French Mix 6th Dundalk 7.30

Eagle Spirit 12th Dundalk 7.00 

Extremely 9th  Maewyn 8th & Shalailah wins Dundalk 6.00 


Shalailah finally breaks her Maiden

Shalailah (Donnacha O'Brien) beats Harvestfortheworld (Chris Hayes)
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Shalailah deservedly made the breakthrough when winning on outing number six in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Median Auction Maiden (Plus 10 Race) at Dundalk.

Harvestfortheworld ran a huge race on debut but she eventually had to yield to the Joseph O'Brien-trained and Donnacha O'Brien-ridden Shalailah by half a length.

"She was rated to do that and I think she will be better when she goes back on turf. She stuck her head out today," said the winning rider.

"I'm not sure that she's in love with that surface, and when it rains it tightens up a bit and makes it even quicker. She doesn't want soft ground but just might be better back on turf."


Joseph buys Lot 1231 form Tattersalls yearling sale

Chess Grand Master 7th Thurles 3.10

Apparition wins & Thomas O'Malley 3rd Thurles 2.35


Apparition gets up in the dying strides

Apparition (J J Slevin) in winning action at Thurles
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In-running punters suffered carnage as Apparition gained an unlikely victory in the Devils Bit 3-Y-O Maiden Hurdle at Thurles.

The well-backed 5/4 favourite was up with the pace throughout but looked booked for minor honours when chief market rival Mitchouka cruised to the front after the penultimate flight.

A slight mistake at the last meant Davy Russell had to get down to work on the leader, and he was steadily reeled in by the Joseph O’Brien-trained favourite.

J Slevin’s mount just got up in the final stride to prevail by a nose, with the winner’s stablemate Thomas O’Malley nine lengths back in third. Apparition won twice on the Flat this year at the Curragh and Killarney to earn a rating of 89, and was third on his hurdle debut at Gowran Park last month.


Rockfish 11th Gowran Park 3.30


Rekindling & US Army Ranger thriving ahead of cup bid

US Army Ranger (r) is thriving

Macedon Lodge have backed young Irish horseman Joseph O'Brien, doubling his hand in this year's Emirates Melbourne Cup with the addition of US Army Ranger.

The four -year-old has been transferred into the trainer's care from that of his famed father Aidan O'Brien, having been recently purchased by five-time Cup-winning owner Lloyd Williams.

A son of Galileo, US Army Ranger won the G3 Chester Vase (2500m) as a three-year-old before a brilliant second to Harzand in last year's G1 Epsom Derby (2400m).

While his form has wavered this season with six winless starts, that of his new stablemate Rekindlinghas been exceptional for O'Brien and Williams.

The son of High Chaparral has won two of his six starts in 2017, including the G2 Curragh Cup (2800m), and was beaten only two lengths in the St Leger (2900m) at Doncaster last month.

Speaking from Werribee on Wednesday morning, Nick Williams said the reports out of Ireland about the progress of both horses had been positive ahead of their arrival in Melbourne on Saturday.

"They've been quarantined over in Ireland and Joseph is very happy with both horses," Williams said.

"I think Rekindling in particular is a very promising young horse, he's a three-year-old and he's got 51.5kg in the Cup.

"He's a very light horse and he won't take much work when he gets here."

The Williams family have raced several top-class horses with Aidan O'Brien in recent years, including three-time G1 hero Order Of St George, and Nick Williams said he was delighted to provide his son with his maiden Australian runner this spring.

A multiple Group 1-winning rider during a short-lived career in the saddle, O'Brien has trained more than 70 winners since taking out his licence in 2016.

"Joseph, without question, is going to be one of the world's leading trainers," he said.

"He's only young and he's only been going two years but he's got some huge support in Europe and he's doing a wonderful job."


The Gunner Murphy gives Joseph a double

The Gunner Murphy and Derek O'Connor pictured on their way to victory

Newcomer The Gunner Murphy completed a double at Galway for Joseph O'Brien, as he took the Jamie Kyne Memorial Flat Race.

The four-year-old son of Oscar was well-supported earlier in the day, but touched 5s on-course, before going off a 9/2 chance under Derek O'Connor.

Settled behind the leaders by O'Connor, he improved to lead on the approach to the straight. He drifted towards the stands side rail inside the final furlong, and found plenty under pressure, going on to score by half a length.

The 15/8 favourite (from 5/2) First Approach attempted to chase down the winner in the closing stages, but he ultimately had to settle for second under Nina Carberry for Noel Meade.

Stooshie (11/4) completed the placings another eighth lengths back in third with Jamie Codd in the saddle for Gordon Elliott.

The winning rider said afterwards: "He is a very nice horse. I hadn't sat on him before today but we were very concerned about the ground because it is quite testing.

It was a good performance from a horse first time out to handle the conditions as he did and he showed a good bit of speed in the finish. I think he's very nice."

Joseph O'Brien was earlier on the mark with Persistent.


Persistent brings Joseph up to 150 winners

Connections of Persistent; Barry Geraghty, Joseph O'Brien and JP McManus
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 By Donal Murphy
Persistent recorded his third win of the season, as he led home his rivals in the Galway City & Salthill Publicans Charity Handicap Hurdle.

The Joseph O'Brien trained four-year-old was successful on his handicap debut at Killarney in June, before winning again at Tipperary on his most recent start.

He went up just five pounds for that Tipperary victory, and was sent off the 9/4 favourite (from 3s) to follow-up this afternoon.

Settled in mid-division by Barry Geraghty, the son of Montjeu appeared to have plenty to do when jumping two out in eighth.

He was soon pushed along and made good progress, coming with his challenge after the last. He then hit the front in the final 150 yards, before going on to score comfortably by two and a half lengths.

Frank Berry, racing manager to winning owner JP McManus, said afterwards: "He's not too big but he is tough and the light weight helped again today. He handled the ground quite well, is tough and going the right way."


The Gunner Murphy wins  Galway 5.35

Tesseract 6th & Aspen Colorado Fell Galway 5.05

Joseph buys Lot 903 at Tattersalls yearling sale

Persistent wins Galway 3.30

Mishevious Max 2nd & Hardback 3rd Galway 3pm

The Major General NR Galway 3.30 (Coughing)

Us Army Ranger moves to Joseph

US Army Ranger has moved stables from Aidan to Joseph in an move designed to reignite the spark which saw him finish second to Harzand in the 2016 Group 1 Investec Derby at Epsom. He is a winner of 2 of his 12 starts including the Group 3 Chester Vase. 

His first move with the colt is to send the son of Galileo to Australia for a tilt at the Melbourne Cup along side stablemate Rekindling. 

A switch to hurdles, though, is not part of the plan at the moment for the four-year-old.

"I'm training US Army Ranger now and we're hoping the switch of stables might freshen him up," said his new trainer on Monday.
"He heads to Australia with Rekindling and both of them seem to be in very good form. At the moment hurdling is not something we are thinking about for US Army Ranger."



Joseph buys Lots 623, 649 & 658 at Tattersalls book 2 yearling sale


Joseph sends 4 horses to the HIT sale at Goffs 24.10
Lot 9 Centaur
Lot 73 Wooster
Lot 74 Richard Strauss
Lot 75 Circus Ring



Bhutan 24th Mr Everest 14th & Felix Mendelssohn 21st all unplaced Navan 5.15

Arkwrisht Fell, King Leon BD & Slowmotion PU Limerick 4.25

West Coast Time unplaced in the 2.15 at Limerick 


Detailed wins Limerick 3.10 (Listed)

Detailed wins her 4th race of the year Listed Martin Molony stakes

Detailed, near side, gets the better of Cannonball
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By Michael Graham
Joseph O'Brien's Detailed won a final-furlong battle with Cannonball to take the Listed Martin Molony Stakes over an extended mile and a half in Limerick. Cannonball and Colin Keane got a lovely run up the inner to pick up the lead over two furlongs out. Detailed and Wayne Lordan unleashed their challenge on the outer over a furlong from home. Cannonball refused to yield on the inner though and fought well but it was Detailed who got his measure close home to get up by half a length at 7/2.

Jockey Wayne Lordan said: "She is a progressive filly that is very tough and ran a very solid race in Doncaster. I spoke to Joseph this morning and he was delighted with her at home and said she bounced out of her Doncaster run very well.

"She handles that ground and with fillies like her you don't know where they'll end up and it's a good win for her and she's a Listed winner now."

Zawraq, the 5/4 favourite, weakened out of contention in the final quarter of a mile. He was found to be lame on his right fore.

This was Detailed fourth win of 2017. In addition, she was a close fourth in a Group Two at Doncaster last month.



Circus Ring 13th  Thomas O'Malley 6th & Ligeti 5th Dundalk 9pm

Ruby Shoes 11th Dundalk 7.30

Damselfly 6th Dundalk 7pm

Feadan 11th  & Prep 12th Dundalk 6.30

Eos NR Dundalk 6.30 (Stone Bruise)

Boragh Steps 2nd Dundalk 5.30

Melbourne Cup snippet

The questions have been asked will Rekindling be able to take part in the Melbourne Cup? He is currently in quarantine in Europe & will fly out soon, his weight in the cup will be 51.5, he is 11th in the race, and will get a cup run.


Mac Cennetig 4th Tramore 2.40

Joseph buys Lot 345 from Book 1 Tattersalls Yearling sales


Prep 9th Naas 4.45

Super Network 7th Naas 4.15

Castrogiovanni 7th  Naas 3.10

Highly Approved 7th  Naas 2.35

French Mix wins  Dundalk 8.55

Renaissance Man 4th Dundalk 7.55

Medal of Honour 5th Dundalk 5.20

Marchese Marconi 4th Tipperary 4.25

Ancient Empire 5th Tipperary 3.20



French Mix turns handicap into a procession

French Mix in the clear
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French Mix turned Division Two of the mile and a half handicap at Dundalk into a procession under Wayne Lordan.

Joseph O'Brien's three-year-old filly, lobbed along in second approaching the home bend.

She eased past Rock On Rosie entering the straight and was given the office with less than two furlongs to go.

It was noticeable that all 13 rivals had come off the bridle as she thundered clear on the Polytrack.

Nobody could lay a glove on her as she hit the line seven and a half lengths to the good.

She landed a punt from 14/1 to 8/1. Gold Struck got up for second at 12/1. Weightfordave (5/2jf) was three parts of a length back in third.

Wayne Lordan said: “It was her first time on the surface and I just jumped out and rode a straightforward race. She quickened up really well, went to the line well and got the mile-and-a-half well.

“I think she enjoyed the track and picked up well on it. Her last run was over a mile-and-three and up another furlong, on this track, was a plus.”



Joseph's thoughts on the weekend

The last week delivered three winners for us in Persistent, West Coast Time and Landofhopeandglory.


I was surprised with how well Persistent handled the ground conditions at Tipperary. His task was made easier with the leader running out at the second last. It was his first run since a mid-summer break and while he probably won’t handle deep winter ground, we’ll keep him on the go until the ground deteriorates.

West Coast Time did the job in good style. His jumping left a bit to be desired but we’ll work on that and head for a winners race next. We’ll probably end up clashing with some of the better novices from here on but his bumper form was strong and…
we’re entitled at this point to think he’ll be up to graded company.

Landofhopeandglory won the graded novice chase at Roscommon last Monday. I was pleased to see him put in a solid round of jumping after falling at Galway last time. We’ll keep him going now – his runs will be spread out but we’ll pick and choose our way with him over the coming months.

Housesofparliament ran well in the graded novice hurdle at Tipperary. I thought he was going to be a good second before he was just run out of it close home. He jumped very well on ground that wouldn’t have been ideal.

French Delight

Across at Chantilly, my father had a great day with Happily and Rhododendron winning the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere and Prix de l’Opera.

Happily toughed it out really well against the colts, while Rhododendron got a deserved three-year-old Group One victory. She’s a slightly forgotten filly. 

Winter’s exploits during the summer meant a two-time classic runner-up was overlooked by some but she’s all class. Dad was saying afterwards that…
she now heads to the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf at Del Mar.

Enable & Frankie

The sheer class of Enable was again displayed in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. She became the sixth filly in seven years to win the ‘Arc’ and she looks every bit as good as Found and Treve.

I know people enjoy comparing generations but I enjoy watching every horse as an individual. We could be here until next year debating if Enable would beat Treve!

Enable never looked in any danger throughout the race. Frankie Dettori got an ideal position settled just behind the leaders and importantly on the outside.

Frankie on the big days is as good a rider as anyone in the world.

If asked what sets him apart, I would say his pace brain – he’s got a great feel for knowing where he should be positioned in the race.

When I was riding against him, he was always and still is a superb judge of pace from the front.



Persistent wins & Unicorn 8th Tipperary 4.30

Housesofparliament  3rd Tipperary 4pm


Persistent wins a drama packed race

Shane Shortall (red cap) took the 4.30 at Tipperary on Persistent
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There was drama aplenty late on in the Woodlands Hotel Adare Handicap Hurdle and at the end of the two miler it was Persistent that brought up a double for J P McManus at Tipperary.

Jezki took the Grade 3 Istabraq Hurdle earlier for McManus. That fellow is handled by Jessica Harrington and it's Joseph O'Brien that has care of Persistent.

Lion In His Heart was still in front when running out after the second last flight.

Meanwhile the gambled-on joint favourite Oscars Den was staying on from off the pace when 'missing' the last.

As it was then, the Shane Shortall-ridden Persistent proved strongest up the run-in for a length and a half verdict over Timi Roli.

Carrigmoorna Matt finished third, whilst the aforementioned Oscars Den ended up in fourth place.


"He has been knocking on the door a few times now and that's his sort of class," said McManus racing manager Frank Berry. 

"We'll tip away with him for the winter and Shane (Shortall) said he coped with the ground - it's loose ground. Shane gave him a grand ride."

(TW & EM)



Rekindling in the mix for the Melbourne Cup 

Owner Lloyd Williams has declared Irish Colt Rekindling as the other horse he is pinning his hopes on in his bid to win a sixth Melbourne Cup, saying he was “keen on him”.

He said Rekindling was possibly the best young stayer he has owned since 2007 Melbourne Cup winner Efficient.

The search is on for a jockey for him, he carries 51.5 kg's he was last seen out finishing 4th in the St. Leger at Doncaster.