Joseph O’Brien received his trainer’s licence in June
PICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos
FORMER jockey Joseph O’Brien has re-affirmed that his training operation is totally distinct from father Aidan’s as his fledgling yard continues to go from strength to strength.
In an exclusive interview with the Racing Post, O’Brien said: “This is a 110 per cent separate operation. The staff are my staff. There is no crossover whatsoever. Of course Dad is always there for advice but I can’t remember the last time he came over to see the horses on the gallops.”
O’Brien’s yard started out as a satellite to his father’s and it is widely acknowledged that he was responsible for the handling of Triumph Hurdle winner Ivanovich Gorbatov last season.
Though his father’s hand is not present, Joseph acknowledged that his influence is and will probably remain so.
“If I learned one thing from Dad, it was to try and keep things as simple as possible,” he said. “If you keep everything clean and healthy and feed them well, the gallop will get them fit.”
He added: “If you can do your best by every horse in the yard, whether it be a 65-rated handicapper or a Grade 1 horse there is not a lot more you can do. I love it and the winning feeling doesn’t differ.”
Read the full interview with Joseph O’Brien in Sunday’s Racing Post. Try it on iPad.
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