Tuesday 12 November 2019

'It's a wonderful win' - Joseph O'Brien makes history in California with victory at Breeders Cup meeting

Trainer Joseph O'Brien. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Trainer Joseph O'Brien. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Trainer Joseph O'Brien

John Brennan

Joseph O'Brien made history at Santa Anita in California when he became the youngest ever trainer of a winner at the Breeders Cup meeting.

O'Brien's Iridessa just got home in the ten-furlong Filly and Mare Turf in a pulsating finish with American horse Vasilika. The hot favourite Sistercharlie finished third.

It completes a crazy double for O'Brien who at 18 was the youngest ever jockey to win a Breeders Cup race on St. Nicholas Abbey eight years ago.

Freddy Head, the brilliant French horseman, is the only other person to ever ride and train a winner at this meeting, known as the 'Thoroughbred World Championships'.

Drawn one, Iridessa got first run on both Vasilika and Sistercharlie and showed great battling qualities under jockey Wayne Lordon.

"It's a wonderful win," gushed O'Brien after the race, "Wayne gave him a brilliant ride and this is one for all the team at home who do all the work with the filly."

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