Galway treble puts O’Brien three ahead in title race

Updated: September 11, 2012

Joseph O’Brien helped himself to another three winners yesterday as the young rider continues his assault on the Irish flat jockeys’ championship.

The 19-year old scored wins on Eye Of The Storm, Cairdiuil and Chamonix to move three ahead in the jockeys’ championship.

The trio of victories would have had greater significance had his closest contender Pat Smullen not scored on Three Kingdoms and Consonance.

Smullen partnered the 13/2 shot Consonance to a one length victory in Galways before ending the card with a winner for his boss Dermot Weld as Three Kingdoms stormed to victory going off at 9-10f.

O’Brien scored for his father, Ballydoyle master Aidan, with Eye Of The Storm (3/1) and Chamonix (5/2) with both horses winning comfortably in the end by two and six lengths respectively.

The jockeys’ championship looks set to go down to the wire, with one of the deciding factors perhaps being Joseph’s commitments in Britain riding such horses as Camelot for his father Aidan.

Riding in Britain means he will miss some rides in Ireland and with O’Brien out of the picture Smullen will hope to capitalise as Dermot Weld gives him every chance to become champion jockey.

If Smullen is to become champion jockey for a seventh time he will have to overhaul the 19-year old O’Brien who sits in prime position at the top of the overall standings.

O’Brien has partnered 71 winners this season so far with his nearest challenger Smullen close behind on 68, as only a day’s racing separates the jockeys.

The next closest challenger is Wayne Lordan on 56 but it would take a minor miracle at this stage of the season if Lordan were to launch an assault on the title.

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