A proud day at the track
Sir — There are sports where Ireland can compete at the highest level. I’m thinking about boxing, golf, rugby union, athletics, equestrian sports and maybe cycling, plus a few more. However, I believe that horse racing is where we not only compete at the highest level, but excel and lead the field, if you’ll pardon the pun.
Last week’s victory by 24-year-old Joseph O’Brien, in training the winner of the Melbourne Cup (the race that stops a nation) is phenomenal and unprecedented.
Trainers from all over the globe have endeavoured to achieve this feat for years without success, but this young man — who has been training horses for only 18 months — has got his horse, Rekindling, to that Mecca of horse racing.