O’Brien sends out seven runners as he embarks on his training career
PICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
By tony o’hehir 7:05aM 6 JUN 2016
JOSEPH O’BRIEN kicks off the next chapter of his career on Monday as he sends out his first runners as a trainer, with William Hill offering 6-4 for him to get off to a flyer and bag a treble or better.
O’Brien will be represented by seven runners on his first afternoon as a trainer after receiving his licence on Friday and is an 8-1 chance to fail to find his way to the winner’s enclosure.
William Hill make it a 3-1 chance he notches one winner, while exactly two winners is priced up at 13-8.
The 23-year-old former dual Irish champion and multiple Group 1-winning jockey, who has been in charge of many of his father Aidan’s horses based at Owning, County Kilkenny, for a year, has a team of approximately 80 horses in his care as he embarks officially on his new role.
Joseph O’Brien’s first runners
2.05 Gowran Park
Mai Fitzs Jack
4.05 Gowra Park
Song Of Love
4.35 Gowran Park
Zig Zag, No Biggie
“I got the licence on Friday and I’m looking forward to tomorrow and a new phase in my career,” said O’Brien. “Our team of horses is split almost 50-50 between Flat and National Hunt, although quite a few of them are dual-purpose horses.”
O’Brien’s brother Donnacha takes the ride aboard his first runner, Justice Frederick, with the pair’s father fielding a rival and the rookie trainer said: “Justice Frederick ran well over five furlongs on his debut at Tipperary and I think the step up in trip should suit him.
“We’re hoping for a good run.”
O’Brien’s other Gowran runners – Song Of Love, who contests the 4.05pm, and Zig Zag and No Biggie, who both run in the 4.35pm – are in handicaps.
“They’re in good form and we’re just hoping they go well,” said O’Brien, whose brother also rides Song Of Love and Zig Zag, while sister Ana is on No Biggie.
Good chances at Listowel
The trainer possibly has a better chance of a first-day winner at Listowel, and assessing his three runners over jumps O’Brien said: “We have some nice chances at Listowel, including Kalopsia who runs in the mares’ maiden hurdle.
“The ground should suit her. She won two bumpers and is coming back from a break after running fourth first-time over hurdles on heavy ground in January.
“Mai Fitzs Jack was beaten only a head on his hurdling debut at Tipperary 11 days ago and, while we might be running him back a bit soon, he came out of the race well and we’re hopeful for him in the other maiden hurdle.”
Completing O’Brien’s Listowel runners is Oathkeeper, who will be bidding for a second bumper win with the trainer’s sister, Sarah, again on board.
“We were going to start him off over hurdles but thought this race was a nice opportunity,” said the trainer. “He’s a really nice horse – one for the future – and is in good form.”