Joseph O'Brien makes perfect start to training career

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

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

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 By Jack Haynes 2:09PM 6 JUN 2016 

JOSEPH O’BRIEN’S transition to the training ranks got off to a flying start on Monday when his first runner with a licence, Justice Frederick, landed the opener at Gowran Park.

And for good measure the former dual champion Flat jockey in Ireland secured a first winner over jumps 45 minutes later when Mai Fitz Jack made all in the 2m maiden hurdle at Listowel.

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

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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.

He saddles four more runners on Monday – one at Listowel and three at Gowran Park.

Joseph O’Brien’s remaining runners today

4.05 Gowran Park
Song Of Love

4.35 Gowran Park
Zig Zag, No Biggie

5.20 Listowel

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