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As we count down to the start of another season on the flat on the turf I took a look at a few of the horses I am looking forward to seeing again including the Group 1 Melbourne Cup Winner Rekindling. Included are some unraced 2-year olds who can hopefully go on and become successful in the coming season.

Colts: -

2-year olds: -

Buckhurst - Australia Colt. A half-brother to Duplicity and Naive Gamesmanship. Dam was a Maiden after 6 runs. from the family of Chintz dam of Multiple Group 1 winner The Gurkha.

Ozone -Camelot Colt. A half-brother to multiple winners Ablazing and Talwar. From the family of Multiple Group 1 winner Generous and Multiple Group 1 winner Imagine

Camelot x Meisosis Colt is a half-brother to 5 winners including multiple winners League Champion and Little shambles. Dam had 1 win from 3 starts over 7 furlongs. From the family of Aleagueoftheirown dam of Multiple Group 1 winner Alice Springs.

No Nay Never x Opera Fan Colt is the Dam’s first foal from the Johannesburg and Cape Cross sire lines. From the family of Multiple Group winner Neatico maybe a Royal Ascot type?

3-year olds: -

Downdraft – Camelot Colt has had 3 runs on the all-weather from 7 – 8 furlongs, he has improved with each run, was a winner over 7 furlongs. He is a half brother to 8 winners who won over distances from 6 – 16 furlongs, his dam ran 9 times winning once over 10 furlongs. Should be a better horse on the turf. He has entries in both the English & Irish Derby’s. 

Escamillo – Bated Breath Colt had 2 runs at 2 from 6.5 furlongs to a mile, his best effort coming over a mile in heavy ground which he won, his dam ran 25 times winning 4 her best efforts were in soft and heavy ground from 8 to 10 furlongs, has entries in both the Irish 2000 Guineas and Irish Derby’s he is a lovely prospect.

Latrobe – Camelot Colt who is a dark horse had only 1 run as a 2-year-old he finished 2nd over a mile a ½ length behind Multiple Group 1 winner Founds brother James Cook he left a nice impression that day and I am looking forward to seeing him again as a 3-year-old. His dam ran 5 times winning 1 on the all-weather over 6 furlongs. He has entries in both the English & Irish Derby’s. 

Subjudice - Galileo Colt, has had 1 run on the all-weather over 7 furlongs where he finished 7th. He will be a better horse when he goes on turf and will come on in leaps and bounds. He is a full brother to Listed winner and Group 3 placed Wild Irish Rose. He is a half-brother to 4-time winner and much missed Cradle Mountain who was a winner from 8 – 17 ½ furlongs. Dam was a Maiden after 5 starts. He has entries in both the English & Irish Derby’s. 

4-year olds: -

Rekindling – High chaparral Colt has run 10 times winning 4, he won his Maiden over a mile in the soft. He won the Group 3 Ballysax stakes over 1m 2f on good to yielding, the Group 2 Comer Cup over 1m 6f on good ground and the Group 1 Melbourne Cup over 2 miles in good ground.

When winning the Ballysax he beat group 3 Derrinstown stud Derby Trial winner Douglas MacArthur, Group 1 Racing Post trophy 2nd Yucatan and Group 1 Irish Derby winner and group 1 English St Leger winner Capri.

In the Curragh Cup he beat Grade 1 Punchestown Champion hurdle and Group 1 Irish St Leger winner Wicklow Brave, Group 3 Ballyroan stakes winner Stellar Mass and Group 3 Vintage Crop Winner Forgotten Rules.

When winning the Melbourne Cup he beat Group 1 Criterium International winner Johannes Vermeer, Group 2 Lonsdale Cup winner Max Dynamite, Group 2 Chairman’s h’cap winner Big Duke, Grade 2 Leamington Novice’s hurdle winner Thomas Hobson, Group 2 Lucien Barriere Grand Prix de Deauville winner Tiberian, Group 3 Kingston Town stakes winner Libran, Group 2 Darley Prix Kergorlay winner Marmelo, Group 2 Comer Group international winner Oleander, Rennen winner Red Cardinal, group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup winner Almandin, Group 3 Lexus stakes winner Cismontane, group 2 Queen of the South stakes winner Amelie’s Star, Group 1 Caulfield Cup winner Boom Time, Group 1 Vinery stud stakes winner Single Gaze, group 3 Chester Vase winner US Army ranger, group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes and group 1 Australian Cup winner Humidor, Group 1 the BMW, Group 1 Yellow Glen Turnbull stakes winner Hartnell, Group 1 Premio Del Jockey Club winner Ventura Storm, Group 3 Coolmore Vintage Crop stakes winner Bondi Beach, and Group 1 Grand Prix de Paris, Group 1 Sydney Cup winner Gallante.

He is a colt that sets the pulses racing whenever he appears.  Should contest all the stayers races this year.

Fillies: -

2-year olds: -

War Command x Holy Alliance - Dam's 3rd foal, She is a half-sister to stable companion Eos, she is a homebred filly, from the family of Hellenis and Islington, she is pleasing Joseph in her homework, She is a January filly who could be an early season 2 year old perhaps a Royal Ascot type?

Dark Angel x Fascination – Filly, Dam of 1 winner from 1 runner and 3 foals of racing age, from the family of Multiple Group 1 winner Soldier of Fortune and Group 1 winner Sholokhov.

3-year olds: -

Anchovy – Galileo Filly ran 1 time on the all weather over 7 furlongs where she finished 8th. She will be a much better prospect on the turf. She is a half-sister to 9-furlong winner Caviar Czar. Her dam was a Maiden after 5 starts, her best effort was a 2nd place in a Listed event over 8 furlongs. Her 2nd dam is the Dam of Group 1 Epsom Derby Winner Ruler of The World and Multiple Group 1 winner Duke of Marmalade. The Galileo, Storm Cat cross is responsible for Multiple Group 1 winners Churchill, Decorated knight and Gleneagles.

Baroness – Declaration of War Filly ran 5 times from 7 to 8 furlongs winning once over 8 furlongs. Current rating of 90 should improve this season. She is a half sister to 6 winners Endless Power (16 – 21f), Perfect Truth (11f), Apache (12f), Marchese Marconi (11 – 20f) and Beyond Brilliance (7 -10f) should be better for a step up in trip. She is entered in the Irish Oaks.

Seize Your Star – Unraced Daughter of Sea The Stars. Her Dam ran twice and was unplaced in both of her starts. Her 2nd dam is the dam of Multiple Group 1 Winner and young sire Karakontie. She is entered in the Irish Oaks.


Melbourne Cup memories 2017 with Joseph & Rekindling

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Rekindling won the race for Joseph O'Brien last year

Joseph & Kevin examining the lots at Goffs UK yearling sale 27.08.18

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Joseph taking home the Dundalk Winter Series Champion trainer 2017/2018 at The Champions Dinner.

Group & Grade 1 win's come natural to Joseph either as a Trainer or previously as a Jockey.


Now Your'e Talking at the Breeders' Cup Del Mar Juvenile Fillies Turf by our great friend Gerry 

Photos of Joseph's horses from Down Royal on Saturday Courtesy of Jamie Lindsay special thanks to Jamie 


Tower Bridge. 


  Reds Visit to Naas 28th June 


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