Thursday 8 December 2016

Mick Kinane - Joseph O'Brien got the job done

Published 09/03/2016 | 00:51

Joseph O'Brien
Joseph O'Brien

Mick Kinane expects Joseph O'Brien to make a seamless transition from top jockey to successful trainer.

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Kinane was one of Ireland's best-ever Flat jockeys, winning the title 13 times in a 34-year career that ended in 2009.

He was stable jockey to O'Brien's father, Aidan, between 1999 and 2003 in which he rode such stars as Galileo, Giant's Causeway and Rock Of Gibraltar. In 2001 alone they teamed up to win 17 races at Group One or Grade One level.

O'Brien was also number one at Ballydoyle and Kinane believes the 22-year-old did "remarkably well" in a difficult job, especially at such a tender age.

"For one so young he achieved an awful lot as a jockey. He can be proud of what he achieved," said Kinane, whose record tally for winners in an Irish season O'Brien broke in 2013.

"It's all about success at Ballydoyle and they need stallions every year. He handled the pressure that goes with the job remarkably well.

"It's a very powerful stable but he had to get the job done.

"He should get the right support and he's training from a nice establishment. I'd expect him to be a success."

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