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Dream Start For Joseph O'Brien's New Career

Tuesday, 7th June 2016

Joseph O'Brien has had a dream start to his training career with four of his seven runners saluting at Gowran Park and Listowell in Ireland overnight, reports Sky Sports. The 23YO former champion Flat jockey celebrated training his first winner in his own name when Justice Frederick won the opening race at Gowran Park. His next winner was Mai Fitzs Jack which scored an easy win in a maiden hurdle at Listowel, followed by Zig Zag, which was partnered by his brother Donnacha, at Gowran Park, and finally Oathkeeper which won the final race at Listowell. Oathkeeper was ridden by Joseph's sister Sarah. O'Brien had been overseeing a team of horses at his family's Piltown stable, but until he completed all his training modules they were competing under the name of his father, Aidan. Joseph's fairytale debut success was all the more special as it came 23 years to the day after his father trained his first winner at Tralee. "It's a massive day for us and it's great to get a win both over jumps and on the Flat," said Aidan O'Brien, speaking on behalf of his son who was busy sourcing new horses at the sales. "I couldn't believe when someone said to me that it was 23 years ago to the meeting (then at Tralee) that I had my first winner with Wandering Thoughts - I couldn't believe that, it is some coincidence." He added: "Joseph loves it (training) - he loved riding but it was tough for him for a long time (with weight). No one will get more pleasure than me, but I'll have to keep my eye on the ball now!"

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