Champagne Paddy PU Thurles 1.55
Joseph gives an update on Champagne Paddy
Champagne Paddy was pulled up after jumping the first hurdle at Thurles, but thankfully it wasn’t as bad as feared. He might have pinched a nerve, but he’s OK now and will hopefully be back at the races soon.
Chess Grand Master 12th Punchestown 12.20
Joseph has 2 new horses Cut Em Down & Choungaya
Tesseract 5th & Arkwrisht 15th Navan 2.25
Shady Operator 2nd & Paris Texas 4th Gowran Park 1.10
Mortal Fell Gowran Park 12.35
Castle Howard 15th & State Of The Art 6th Gowran Park 12.05
Art Nouvelle 8th Dundalk 8.30
Extremely 6th & High Susie 7th Dundalk 8pm
Teardrop Island 11th Paparazzi 7th & Feadan 14th Dundalk 7.30
Unpretentious wins Dundalk 7.00
Darkolva 3rd Newcastle 6.45
French Mix 4th Dundalk 6.30
Unpretentious breaks her Maiden
Unpretentious (centre)©Healy Racing Photos
By Thomas Weekes
Melbourne Cup hero Joseph O'Brien was on the mark at Dundalk this evening as his French import Unpretentious scored on her Irish debut in the Dundalk Business Club 2018 (Fillies) Maiden, scoring under jockey Sean Corby.
The ex-Andre Fabre trained daughter of Invincible Spirit is out of a Galileo sired half-sister to Irish Oaks winner Moonstone and Group 1 winner Cerulean Sky and today scored on her fourth career start, and her first for O'Brien.
Jockey Corby later said “the main thing was to get her to relax early, as in her races in France she ran a bit keen.
“She was travelling with me, and was a little keen for the first furlong, but once I got a bit of cover she was fine.
“She stuck her head out well to the line and I couldn't fault her, and she definitely tries. She's very well bred so it's nice that she's got her head in front and hopefully she'll improve from here.”
5 of Joseph's fillies & Mares sold at the Goffs Nov. Breeding Sale:-
Lot 895 Hyzenthlay €28,000 Gurav Rampal
Lot 892 Along the Shore €20,000
Lot 888 Sevenfold €6,000 Worsall Grange
Lot 847 Sea of Blue €35,000 Haras de Castillon
Lot 843 Dancing on Air €60,000 Eyrefield Lodge Stud
Paris Texas now added from the sales page (2016)
Joseph has a new horse Unpretentious and a new owner Fairway Sas
Punches Cross 4th Punchestown 3.55
Tigris River 9th & Ivanovich Gorbatov 12th Cheltenham 3pm
Lets Twist Again wins Punchestown 2.50
Us and Them wins Cork 12.10
Let's Twist Again gives Joseph a double
Let's Twist Again ran out a convincing winner of the Nally Bros Hyundai Supporting Longford GAA Handicap Hurdle at Punchestown.
Mark Walsh moved up to dispute on the 7/1 shot four from home and kicked on turning into the straight.
The Joseph O'Brien-trained gelding stayed on strongly in the closing stages to record a four-length success over Steel Wave.
“That was great. He jumped like a buck and handled the conditions,” said Frank Berry, racing manager for winning owner JP McManus.
“He's been running consistently all year and if we can find another one it'll be grand for him.”
Us & Them wins well on his debut
Us And Them and J J Slevin race on from Cask Mate and Jonathan Moore©Healy Racing Photos
The Justin Carthy-owned and Joseph O'Brien-trained Us And Them looked a nice recruit to hurdling when landing the www.racinghomeforeaster.com Maiden Hurdle at Cork.
J J Slevin's mount finished second, third and fourth in three bumper outings but he'll be better at this game judging by a three length success over the dead-heating second placers, Cask Mate and Manamite (4/7 favourite).
< Manamite runs for J P McManus, and he also had the fourth home, a promising youngster bought out of the point-to-points, Minella Times.
"He's a nice horse and I was surprised that he didn't win a bumper. He jumped like a buck, and he's one to look forward to. Hopefully its onwards and upwards," reported Slevin.
Mischievious Max 2nd Cheltenham 3.30
Rhinestone 2nd Punchestown 3.25
Triplicate 4th Punchestown 1.45
Apparition 6th 12.40 Cheltenham
North Carolina 5th Punchestown
Tigris River returns to action
Tigris River flies the flag for Ireland in Sunday's Unibet Greatwood Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham.
Joseph O'Brien's charge enjoyed a fruitful summer and produced his best performance to date when winning a thrilling renewal of the Galway Hurdle in August.
He will aiming be to land more big-race glory for his handler, who recently showcased his talents on the Flat by winning the Melbourne Cup.
"He's had a break since winning the Galway Hurdle and it was always going to be the plan to bring him back for something like this," he told At The Races.
"It will probably be tough for him off his mark, but he's already won a good pot.
"It will be interesting to see how he goes. He'll probably have to be a 160-rated horse to win, so it's a big step up for him."
Slowmotion 3rd Clonmel 2.50
Imperial Way 10th Clonmel 12.50
Secret Splendour has sold at Tattersalls HIT sale for 3,000 Guineas to Michael
Early Doors wins his Grade 3 hurdle
Early Doors and Mark Walsh©Healy Racing Photos
The success of the Soldier Of Fortune gelding in the third event at the County Kildare venue, also heralded the completion of a double
for Mark Walsh, who rode Red Jack a winner in the opener for Joseph O'Brien.
He 'missed' the second last as the well-backed Duca De Thaix moved up travelling ominously.
However when the need was greatest Early Doors flew the last and went on to beat favourite Meri Devie by two lengths.
"He grinded it out well. Mark liked him at Wexford. He was a bit green there and he thought he'd improve, which he has. He jumped a
bit novicey early but he got the hang of it well. You would have to be pleased with him," said McManus' racing manager Frank Berry.
"It was nice to get today out of the way and we'll see where we go now. He handled the ground quite well and hopefully will go on from there."
Uisce Beatha 2nd Thurles 4.10
Joseph's Lots that sold today at Tatersalls Ireland Ascot sale are:-
Lot 137 Dream Baie sold for £4,000 to Marie Martin
Lot 138 Felix Mendelssohn sold for £6,500 to Stuart Coltherd
Lot 158 Theydon Park sold for £2,500 to Summer tree Racing
Lots that were withdrawn ;-
Lot 136 On Call
Lot 139 Zaofu
Lot 156 Ancient Empire
Lot 157 Mac Cennetig
Rekindling to go the staying route next year
Joseph O'Brien is confident Melbourne Cup champion Rekindling can train on next season and develop into one of the world's premier stayers.
Speaking after casting his eye over Rekindling at Werribee on Wednesday, O'Brien said the son of High Chaparral would likely spell at Macedon Lodge before returning to Ireland for a 2018 summer campaign geared towards the Group 1 Gold Cup (4000m) at Royal Ascot.
And the 24-year-old didn't rule out Rekindling returning to Flemington in 12 months' time to defend his Cup crown, but stressed that the horse would need to remain sound and in form to warrant another Melbourne campaign.
"He seems to have pulled up well, he's in good form here this morning," O'Brien said.
"He'll have a little break and then I think he might come back to Europe next season for maybe a try at an Ascot Gold Cup or something like that in the summer, he's an exciting horse for next season.
"There's no reason why he wouldn't train on, he's had a busy year this year and he's looked to get better throughout, his last run in Europe was his best before this which is obviously a career best.
"I'd like to think so (that the horse will travel to Australia again), absolutely, although it'll be tough to try to do it again.
"He has to say sound and a lot of things have to go right for him to come back again next year."
Also at Werribee was owner Lloyd Williams, who echoed O'Brien's sentiments about the stayer's development but said until Rekindling enjoys a spell, any plans about future racing campaigns would be premature.
"You hope that he'll go forward, he's a good staying horse," Williams said.
"But he's been going since April and it's the second week of November now so we're going to send him up to Macedon Lodge and give him three or four weeks on the grass.
"It would be great to see him in the Gold Cup, it would be a good race for him but time will tell, that's a long way off."
Rekindling Wins the 2017 Melbourne Cup at Flemington US Army Ranger finished
Grey Waters completes a double on the day for Joseph
On the other side of the world miles away from her stable companions success,
a grey filly gets her head in front at lowly Kempton on the all weather, Grey
Waters wins her 3rd race of the year as celebrations continue after Rekindling's
Melbourne Cup victory. The grey Mastercraftsman filly faced a field of 14 over 16
furlongs, she dwelt at the start and was soon chasing the leaders where she
soon lost a few places 10 furlongs out, but made up some headway over 3
furlongs out, she lead over 2 furlongs out and stayed on well her jumping
stamina coming to the fore, she crossed the line a length in front of the 2nd
Corey Brown and Rekindling returning following their win (Image: Racing Photos)
The 77-year-old Lloyd Williams won a record sixth Melbourne Cup with Rekindling on Tuesday, but this time, it wasn't so much down to experience and guile.
Rather, it was youth that won the day with 24-year-old Irish trainer Joseph O'Brien making an immediate and resounding impact on his Australian debut with the first three-year-old to win the race in 76 years.
O'Brien will go into the record books as the youngest trainer to win in 157 years and also alongside his legendary father Aidan as the first father/son training quinella in the race after Johannes Vermeerfinished a long neck behind Rekindling.
To round out a famous Irish trifecta in front of a crowd of 90,536, Willie Mullins' durable Max Dynamite added third place to the second he secured behind Prince Of Penzance in 2015.
He may not have been the winner, but Mullins is taking plenty of Australian dollars home with him as Max Dynamite earned $450,000 while his stablemates Thomas Hobson and the veteran Wicklow Brave picked up $125,000 each for finishing sixth and 10th respectively.
Indeed, much of the international assault will leave Melbourne with heavy pockets after eight of the 11 imports in the race finished in the top 10 and therefore secured a minimum $125,000 pay day.
Joseph O'Brien mentioned several times in the post-race press conference that he was finding it hard to believe that he'd just won the Melbourne Cup with the first three-year-old since Skipton in 1941. "I'm speechless," he managed at last.
And for good reason. The former jockey has only been training for a few seasons and arrived in Melbourne barely 24 hours before the Cup after racing a team in the Breeders' Cup in the US. His father is the most famous trainer in the world yet he hasn't been able to win a Melbourne Cup.
It is just Joseph O'Brien's second time Down Under and it is fair to say this year was more enjoyable than his first taste of Australian racing when he was just 15 years old.
That came in 2008 when his father brought three horses Septimus, Honolulu and Alessandro Volta to the Cup only to see all three race too keenly and finish at the tail of the field.
Luckily, he doesn't remember too much about the trip but he promised he would remember November 7, 2017 for the rest of his life once his mind had gotten around the remarkable feat of a first-up Melbourne Cup win.
"It feels a bit unreal to tell you the truth," he said.
O'Brien's life promises to be immersed in horses and racing and travel. Lloyd Williams has been predicting big things from the young O'Brien for some seasons now.
"He's got a pedigree better than Galileo (champion stallion)," Williams quipped. "He is going to be one of the leading trainers in the world."
Williams went further than that in the press conference claiming O'Brien was 'close to walking on water' such was his training performance.
Williams had a stacked hand with six runners in the race. He explained that he and his son Nick race the horses in Europe but when they are brought out to Australia to compete 'Nick puts a few of his friends in to make sure it's a real party'.
The friends only claim about 30-40 per cent of the horse but when you are racing for $6.2 million and the greatest prize in Australian racing, it's not a bad slice of the pie.
Joining in the party last year with Almandin were Vin Sammartino of the Hacer group, co-founder of Rip Curl in Brian Singer, co-founder of Quicksilver in Alan Green, the director of Probuild Constructions in Phil Mehrten as well as music industry great Michael Gudinski as well as Bob Ingham's son John and his wife Fran.
Added to the ownership of both Rekindling and Johannes Vermeer this year were Jayco's Gerry Ryan, who won the 2010 Melbourne Cup with Americain, Mark Ruff of Bulla Thoroughbreds and Heffernan Bloodstock's David Heffernan.
Both Rekindling and Johannes Vermeer won't be around in Australia for too long, with O'Brien outlining plans to return the horses to Ireland so they can be set upon a campaign aimed at the Ascot Gold Cup at Royal Ascot next June.
Williams, however, vowed that he and young O'Brien would bring out a team of 'sharp horses' for next year with youth now seemingly the new route to seriously challenging for the Cup.
Joseph O'Brien claimed the biggest win of his training career so far as Rekindling won the Emirates Melbourne Cup at Flemington.
The three-year-old, who was last seen when finishing fourth in the St Leger at Doncaster, outpointed Johannes Vermeer, who is trained by O'Brien's father Aidan, to claim the Group One prize.
The Willie Mullins-trained Max Dynamite finished third to complete a clean sweep for Irish trainers in the two-mile feature.
Rekindling was settled in behind through the early stages as Boom Time, Gallante and Cismontane were among the first to show, with the latter eventually setting the pace.
Hughie Morrison's Marmelo also raced prominently in fourth while Mullins' Thomas Hobson and the winner's stablemate US Army Ranger were towards the back of the field.
As the pace turned up a notch approaching the home turn, Marmelo threw down his challenge but Johannes Vermeer appeared to be travelling well on his heels and he kicked on with around a furlong and a half to run.
Max Dynamite tried to go with him on the inside but Corey Brown was really just getting to work on Rekindling and the colt found an extra gear on the outside to get up on the line.
O'Brien said: "I can't quite believe it yet. I'm so delighted for Lloyd and Nick (Williams, owners). They suggested to bring him down and that he would have a good chance in the race.
"His prep went really well. Corey gave him an unbelievable ride and I'm just so delighted for everyone - all the lads at home and the lads that have been down here have done an unbelievable job.
"It hasn't really sunk in yet to be honest.
"He had a very light weight and Corey gave him a great ride. It's not often in a big race like that the whole run goes so well. I'm over the moon.
"I spoke to my dad and he's delighted.
"I'm so delighted for Lloyd and Nick, they have been big supporters of mine and sent me some lovely horses. There's some nice two-year-olds at home and I'm so delighted to have won this race for them."
O'Brien added: "I'm going to enjoy today and hopefully we'll have a horse good enough to come back."
Lloyd Williams, who was winning the race for the sixth time, told Channel 7: "I'm so proud of this young man - he's a star.
"I've been telling people the father needs to watch out!"
Brown was riding his second Melbourne Cup winner after Shocking in 2009 and said :"I'm speechless. It's a dream to even ride in the race, but to come out and win it again, I'm lost for words.
"I always thought I was going to get Johannes Vermeer, especially with the light weight.
"I had a great run in transit. I was a bit slow away but after speaking to Joseph, I didn't want to rev him up and get him too keen. He had a perfect run and deserved to win."
Irish trainer Joseph O’Brien has made a seamless transition from champion jockey to trainer and saddles his
first Melbourne Cup runners at Flemington.
The son of champion trainer Aidan O’Brien, Joseph, 24, saddles Rekindling and US Army Ranger for Lloyd and
Nick Williams in Tuesday’s race in an attempt to beat his father to Melbourne Cup glory.
O’Brien senior will be represented by Johannes Vermeer on Tuesday and the closest he’s come to claiming the Cup
was in 2007 with three-year-old Mahler, third in 2007.
He returned the following year to see Septimus, Alessandro Volta and Honolulu finish down the track and didn’t
have another runner until Bondi Beach and Kingfisher contested the Cup in 2015.
After attending the Breeders’ Cup meeting, Joseph O’Brien flew in from Los Angeles on Monday for his first official
involvement in the race although he was in Melbourne two years ago watching his father’s runners.
“It’s good to be back here and I’m looking forward to it,” O’Brien said.
“To be here is a privilege so to win the race would be unbelievable.
“I’ve got two nice horses that I hope to get a good trip around and that’s all we can ask for.”
O’Brien trains from Owning Hill in County Kilkenny, the property where his grandfather, his mother Anne-Marie and
his father all trained before Aidan moved to Ballydoyle, about an hour away.
But Joseph says his father is only a phone call away, always handy for a young trainer starting out on a new
He prepares a team of 50 or 60 flat horses and has the same number of National Hunt horses in his care.
US Army Ranger, a $61 chance in Melbourne Cup markets, is having his first start for the young trainer after
starting his career with Aidan and running second in the 2016 Epsom Derby.
Like Mahler, Rekindling ($14) is a three-year-old in northern hemisphere time and O’Brien says he has endured a
“I know his form hasn’t tailed off but he’s had a busy year so that’s a little bit of a worry,” O’Brien said.
“He’s got a good draw, a good jockey in Corey Brown and I’m looking forward to it.”
The three-year-old domination of the feature two mile races this year could force a late surge of support for Rekindling to win Tuesday's Melbourne Cup.
Rekindling is a three-year-old by northern hemisphere time but recognised as a four-year-old in Australia and is part of the six-horse arsenal that owner Lloyd Williams is throwing at the Cup in an attempt for a history-changing sixth win as an owner.
Williams noted on Monday morning that the form of three-year-olds in Europe this year combined with Rekindling's healthy state and fitness was a recipe that could be tough to beat on Tuesday.
"In Europe this year, three-year-olds have been beating all the older horses," Williams told RSN 927's Racing Pulse on Monday.
"Stradivarius won the Goodwood Cup, Desert Skyline won the Doncaster Cup, Ice Breeze won the (Prix) Royal-Oak and Defoe won the Geoffrey Freer. They are all three-year-olds beating the older horses.
"Defoe beat Wall Of Fire quite decisively then Defoe went on to run against Rekindling in the St Leger and got beaten out of sight by Rekindling so the three-year-olds in the northern hemisphere at two miles are a bit stronger than these handicap horses."
Williams said he was concerned that Rekindling has been in training for eight months leading into the Cup but otherwise said he could make a great case for the horse to run well.
"What we do know, is that the horse is very well. He's got a blood picture I'd die for but whether April to November is too long, I'm not so sure.
"Rekindling's right there if he's got over his eight months of training. He looks well and he's right in the race with 51.5 (kilograms).
"He's a northern hemisphere three-year-old. Mahler (third) nearly did it for Aidan (O'Brien) back when I beat him with Efficient (2007) and I thought Bondi Beach could possibly do it (2015) when Brett Prebble rode him and he travelled three or four deep for the whole race.
"If the almighty could tell me this horse has got over the fact that he's been in training for eight months, he'd be my top pick.
"I've got a very good guide on him as I've got Order Of St George and he's run against Order Of St George and I say this absolutely reservedly, but I think if Order Of St George had a bit of cut in the track, which you never get in Melbourne, he'd win this race in a canter.
"He's a seriously high class stayer. Now, Rekindling has a bit of form around him."
Of his six runners, Williams said he thought Rekindling and Johannes Vermeer represented the biggest threat to his defending champion Almandin.
The white-faced Band Of Outlaws is ridden out by Padraig Beggy©Hong Kong Jockey Club
After winning the opener at Cork with Shady Operator, Joseph O'Brien doubled-up with Band Of Outlaws in the
Successful on his penultimate start at Limerick, the son of Fast Company since finished fifth in the Birdcatcher over
the course last month.
Back up to seven furlongs today, he was sent off a 7/2 chance with Epsom Derby winning jockey Padraig Beggy in
the saddle for owner Justin Carthy.
Settled in mid-division, he came with his challenge on the outer over two furlongs out, and was ridden to lead with
over a furlong left to race. He soon stretched clear, going on to score easily by four lengths.
Padraig Beggy said afterwards: "Aidan and Joseph have always been very good to me, and we can all win on them if
they are good enough. Joseph said to get him to relax. I let him come out of my hands and I was in the box seat all
"Turning in I thought I'd win, and I've probably won a bit too far. It's tough going out there, it's heavy ground.
"I'll be in Dundalk and working away over the winter. The buzz and thrill I got from riding the Derby winner this
year was fantastic and it would be great to experience it again. I don't know if it will ever be the Derby again but
when you are in Ballydoyle you have them (Group 1) chances."
Shady Operator justified odds-on favouritism in the opener at Cork, the Paddy Power Betting Shops Maiden Hurdle.
Successful on debut in a bumper at Limerick in March, the Joseph O'Brien trained gelding since finished second
to Cracking Smart on his debut over flights at Punchestown last month.
Expected to go one place better here, the son of Court Cave was sent off the 4/5 market leader with Barry
Geraghty in the saddle.
Settled behind the leaders, the JP McManus owned gelding improved into a closer third on the entrance to the
He came with his challenge from the second last, and led before the final flight, drawing clear on the run-in to score
by a comfortable three and a half lengths.
The winning rider said afterwards: "It was a weaker race than at Punchestown the last day and he's a grand horse.
"He did it well and gave me a good ride and while it is a big step from maiden to graded company, you'd hope he
could make the step up."
"Joseph gets here on Monday to put the polish on but I think the team are very happy
with both Rekindling and US Army Ranger," Williams commented. "There is no doubt
that Joseph will be one of the leading trainers in the world. What he has done in his
first two seasons training is extraordinary. He really is a chip off the old block."
Being a three-year-old, Rekindling faces a tough task but certainly impressed with his
work on Wednesday morning. "I think if you have the right three-year-old, which he
looks to be to me, I think it is a great race for them," Williams told the Herald. "His Irish
and English form looks terrific to me, he has beaten the older horses and he ran very
well in the English St Leger and we are hopeful.
"If US Army Ranger came back to his best he would look very well handicapped.
Joseph has been working hard to keep him happy and he looks to be very happy and
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