Joseph O’Brien grabs Group One glory as jockey and now trainer at Royal Ascot


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Joseph O’Brien was still in the winner’s enclosure talking to reporters after winning the Prince of Wales’s Stakes with State Of Rest on Wednesday as the jockeys came out for the next race. “Thanks, Mickaël,” he said as Mickaël Barzalona offered his congratulations, a reminder that O’Brien himself was in the weighing room and competing against many of this week’s riders as recently as June 2015.

O’Brien rode six winners at Royal Ascot during his brief few years as stable jockey to his father, Aidan, including So You Think in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes a decade ago and Leading Light in the Gold Cup, the meeting’s most historic event, in 2014. But his achievements since hanging up his boots to take out a trainer’s licence have been astonishing. Two Melbourne Cup winners in four years between 2017 to 2020, an Irish Derby and a St Leger have been among the major highlights – and O’Brien is still 11 months shy of his 30th birthday.

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Written by Greg Wood at Ascot
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