Joseph O'Brien Gains 100 Flat Winners For The First Time

The once upon a time jockey, Joseph O'Brien is constantly breaking his own records as a new trainer, this time landing 100 flat winners in a calendar year for the first time in his training career.

O'Brien is dual purpose trainer having both horses for the jumps and the flat taking some decent races in both formats but this season he has flourished on the flats taking some remarkable Grade 1s.

This milestone was landed on Friday night under the lights at Dundalk when Equitant went on to win the Floodlit Friday Nights Rated Race over seven furlongs. The three year old was having his first run for the stable since joining from Richard Fahey and with the Champion Apprentice for the yard Shane Crosse on board he steered home in style.

This accomplishment adds to many others this season for the Ballydoyle youngster who's father is overjoyed with his sons achievements as a jockey and a trainer.

His first winner of the season came at the same track he landed his 100th winner with a double on Friday 5th January, with Ship Of Dreams and Zaofu scoring at Dundalk to start the year off.

Since then O'Brien has landed Grade 1s in the Irish Derby at the Curragh with Latrobe and the Fillies Mile with Iridessa at Newmarket.

The trainers accomplishment is something that words can't describe as in Ireland other than his father, he has become the first trainer to have a century of winners since Jim Bolger and Dermot Weld did it back in 1994. The closest since then apart form the O'Brien's was John Oxx in 1995 but he only managed an agonising 99 winners.

Joseph is the stand out rival to his father in the flat racing scene in Ireland with one day in the near future where he will overtake his father, which will be a brilliant spectacle for the racing world.

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