Joseph O'Brien lands four-timer on landmark day

Joseph O'Brien: enjoyed the perfect start to his trainign career

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

  PICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)  

 By Jack Haynes 4:50PM 6 JUN 2016 

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

The 23-year-old enjoyed the perfect start with the first runner to race under his name, when 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, before Zig Zag made it an across-the-card treble with victory in the 1m1½f handicap at Gowran.

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.

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)  

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.

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.

He saddles one more runner on Monday – Oathkeeper at Listowel.

Joseph O’Brien’s final runner today

5.20 Listowel
Oathkeeper

 
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