Fairytale start for O'Brien after fabulous four-timer

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Joseph O’Brien: enjoyed the perfect start to his training career

  PICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos  

 By Jack Haynes 5:45PM 6 JUN 2016 

JOSEPH O’BRIEN’S transition to the training ranks got off to a flying start on Monday when he landed a four-timer from his first seven runners.

The 23-year-old enjoyed the perfect start when the first runner to race under his name, Justice Frederick, landed the opener at Gowran Park.


And the former dual champion Flat jockey in Ireland did not have to wait long to celebrate a first winner over jumps, as 45 minutes later Mai Fitz Jack made all in the 2m maiden hurdle at Listowel.

Zig Zag later made it an across-the-card treble with victory in the 1m1½f handicap at Gowran and a fairytale day was completed when Oathkeeper, partnered by Joseph’s sister Sarah, breezed to an emphatic victory in the 2m4f bumper at Listowel

Justice Frederick: Joseph O'Brien's first runner won impressively at Gowran Park

Justice Frederick: Joseph O’Brien’s first runner was an impressive winner

  PICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)  

Justice Frederick, owned by Maxwell Morris, justified favouritism to score on his second start under the trainer’s younger brother Donnacha, defeating Leo Minor – trained by their dad Aidan – by a length-and-a-half.

The two-year-old, who ran under Aidan O’Brien’s name when third eleven days ago, is entered in the Group 1 Keeneland Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh on August 7.

O’Brien failed to make it two victories from his first two runners when his maiden runner over jumps, Kalopsia, finished seventh in the 2m maiden hurdle for mares at Listowel, having nearly fell at the first hurdle.

However, he didn’t have to wait long for his first victory over jumps as Mai Fitz Jack, partnered by Brian O’Connell, easily landed a first success under rules.

His fourth runner, Song Of Love, finished ninth in the 1m1f handicap at Gowran, before Zig Zag’s success.

Zig Zag: landed the hat-trick for Joseph O'Brien at Gowran Park

Zig Zag: landed the hat-trick for Joseph O’Brien under brother Donnacha

  PICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)  

Also partnered by Donnacha, Zig Zag fended off the late challenge of Phebes Dream to win by a neck, with O’Brien’s other runner in the race, No Biggie, finishing fourth.

There was further family success in the finale at Listowel as Joseph and Sarah topped off a memorable day when Oathkeeper defeated the Willie Mullins-trained and Patrick Mullins-ridden Bel Sas by nine lengths.

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