Joseph Obrien

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second_glance
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Wed Oct 09, 2013 10:54 am

He just got win #116, at Navan, on a horse named Marvellous. Seems fitting.
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Squeaky
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Wed Oct 09, 2013 11:15 am

I wonder how much longer he can continue to ride at the weights given his tall (6 feet) body structure? It must require very disciplined eating to stay so light at that height. I remember Jerry Bailey saying he didn't think Joe could do it for more than another 2years or so ...he is very talented I wish him continued success.
arkle
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Wed Oct 09, 2013 4:55 pm

He can't ride at less than 126lbs. He couldn't ride either of the Ballydoyle runners in the Arc last Sunday, as 3yos they were carrying 123lbs.
There is no way he could have a career in the US, never mind ride 120+ odd winners .
second_glance
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Wed Oct 09, 2013 4:57 pm

Squeaky wrote:I wonder how much longer he can continue to ride at the weights given his tall (6 feet) body structure? It must require very disciplined eating to stay so light at that height. I remember Jerry Bailey saying he didn't think Joe could do it for more than another 2years or so ...he is very talented I wish him continued success.
While I was half-watching coverage between races on Arc Day, I heard one of the British announcers saying Joseph can't make 9 stone in weight anymore, which was why he wasn't riding that day in France. 9 stone = 126 pounds
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Wed Oct 09, 2013 5:31 pm

Aiden recently had his first winner over jumps in a decade or so, joseph could always resort to that... although it doesn't have quite the international allure
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arkle
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Wed Oct 09, 2013 5:43 pm

He might do a few seasons over jumps. I think it's generally accepted that his long term future lies in being a trainer like his Dad. Aidan is still in his 40's though (pretty amazing to think, seems like he has been around forever), so he won't be retiring anytime soon.
Keep in mind Joseph was also a silver medalist in the European pony eventing championships as a 16 year old. He 's a talented rider/horseman.

His younger sister ride her first winner as a jockey a couple of months ago. The O'Briens are a precocious bunch.
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Wed Oct 09, 2013 5:55 pm

He should stop torturing himself to make weight and work for Daddy full time. I'm sure the Irish Mafia will find work for him.....
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Wed Oct 09, 2013 8:22 pm

arkle wrote:I think it's generally accepted that his long term future lies in being a trainer like his Dad.
This is what I figure. And honestly, the ability to get on and gallop your own horses if you want to is a pretty nice ability. He can keep doing that forever, just ask Larry Jones :)
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