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O'Brien Junior Sets New Record

Friday, 11th October 2013

Young jockey Joseph O'Brien set a new Irish record for most wins in a flat season when guiding home his 117th winner at Navan on Wednesday, reports racinguk.com. Ballydoyle's first-choice hoop broke fellow Irishman Mick Kinane's 20-year-old benchmark of 115 wins in a season with three winners on the day, namely Sardinia, Marvellous & the Denis Cullen-trained Dysios. Speaking after the race O'Brien, who struggles to keep his weight below 9 stone (57kg), reflected on the milestone. "I'm not sure if it's any more difficult for me than any of the other lads trying to do weight, but I have been very lucky to have some really nice horses to ride." He added, "At the start of the season I was hoping to ride 100 winners and I am delighted to break the record." Kinane, who rode numerous Gr1 winners for the Ballydoyle team, was philosophical about his record falling. "Records are there to be broken," he said. "I'm delighted for Joseph, he's one of a very good crop of young riders in Ireland at the moment. It's a great achievement for him and more so because of his weight problems."

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