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Here's hoping Joseph gets another season on the Flat

IT is all speculation, but the prospect of Frankie Dettori teaming up with Aidan O'Brien on a more regular basis could be a hidden gem for Irish racing.

Dettori is eccentric in the best of ways, his flying dismount is a famous trademark and his personality would make some of his weighroom colleagues appear like undertakers.

There are some people who can't stomach him, he is loud and in your face, but he is clearly passionate and loves what he does.

Johnny Murtagh is probably as close as you would get to Frankie on a regular basis around the Irish racing circuit. The Meath man can get very excited about big race winners, but while having Dettori around the likes of the Curragh and Leopardstown on big Group One days may not draw thousands, there is no doubt it would have a bearing on some people preferring to be there than not.

More regular bookings from Ballydoyle and Coolmore depends an awful lot on Joseph O'Brien and his battle with his weight. As popular as Frankie would be, it would be an awful shame if Joseph doesn't get another year on the Flat. He has improved throughout his short riding career and in that time achieved an awful lot more than most could ever dream of.

He has worked as hard as any to achieve it - as much as you can suggest that being a son of Aidan O'Brien gives you a privileged headstart, the bulk of the teenager's rides have been for one of the most powerful breeding operations in the world and they wouldn't jeopardise important results for sentiment. It is on very reliable information that a nicer, more helpful individual you couldn't find in the weighroom, especially to young, up-and-coming apprentices, and for such a young man himself, that surely proves a measure of his character.

It is unlikely he will hold a Flat licence for much longer, and there comes a time when he will have to look after his own health and wellbeing, but what an intriguing addition he would be to the jumping game, if that's the road he then decides to go down.


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