Another record was has been broken by the Ballydoyle team as Jospeh O’Brien had 116 winner of the campaign thus beating Michael Kinane’s score of 115 winners in a season set in 1993.
O’Brien steered Marvellous to success Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) Maiden at Navan today to break the record.
Half-an-hour earlier Joseph had equalled the landmark score on Sardinia but his chances of getting over the line in the next looked forlorn as his mount did not seem to be travelling the best, however the Galileo filly produced when it mattered most to prevail by half a length from I’m Yours.
Aidan O’Brien said: “I thought she’d be too green, but that hill in Navan – well it’s a long way up there.”
O’Brien further adder “We’ll probably put her away now – she’s a nice filly for next year.
“Obviously I’m delighted for Joseph and I must give a big thank you to all the owners who have supported him.
“Everyone knows it’s not easy for him to do nine stone and it’s a great achievement to break the record.
“Mick (Kinane) rode an incredible amount of Group 1 winners for us and what can you say about Mick – he’s done it all. It’s hard to believe it was twenty years ago when Mick set the previous record.
“Joseph was only born that year – it makes me feel fairly old. I think he’s got more of his riding ability from his dam’s side than his sire’s side!”
Joseph stated earlier in the day: “At the start of the season I was hoping to ride 100 winners. The horses have been running very well and I’ve had plenty of support from the owners of Ballydoyle as well as all the other trainers who have supported me.”
“I’m not sure if it’s any more difficult for me to do weight than anyone else but I’m very lucky that I have some really nice horses to ride.”
Kinane was full of praise for the twenty year old after his record had been broken.
“Record are there to be broken,” he said.
“I’m delighted for Joseph, he’s one of a very good crop of young riders in Ireland at the moment.
“It’s a great achievement for him and more so because of his weight problems.
“Ballydoyle are very powerful at the moment but he still has to do the job.”