Young Classic-winning jockey Joseph O’Brien has revealed he will be cutting down his rides on the Flat to concentrate on training point-to-pointers.
At just 22, the Irishman has already had a flourishing career in the saddle having won the Derby at Epsom twice in 2012 and 2014, aboard Camelot and then Australia — both trained by his father Aidan. He was also victorious in the 2,000 Guineas in 2012 riding Camelot and partnered Leading Light to win the 2013 St Leger.
“I am looking forward to having some point-to-point runners in the future. We have a nice team of horses under all codes at Owning Hill, both our own and for outside owners — I’m looking forward to the upcoming seasons,” said Joseph.
The 6ft jockey has faced battles with his weight throughout his career. Earlier this year, he had his first ride over jumps riding Egyptian Warrior in a hurdle race at Limerick.
Even though Joseph has not ruled out returning to the racecourse next year, he has confirmed he will be helping out at his father’s Ballydoyle yard in Co. Tipperary — while also concentrating on training a handful of pointers.
“I have been looking after the jumpers and some Flat horses for dad for the past number of months and have really enjoyed it. I ride work at Ballydoyle every morning and that is something which I will continue doing long term.
“I don’t intend to race ride as much next year but I will combine riding work at Ballydoyle and looking after the horses at Owning Hill,” he said.