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Punchestown News

Punchestown News: O'Brien to reduce rides as career out of saddle looms

Posted: 14th Oct 2015

Camelot followed up his 2,000 Guineas victory in fine fashion in the Derby

Joseph O'Brien winning the Derby on Camelot in 2012

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)  

O'Brien to reduce rides
as new career looms

CLASSIC-winning jockey Joseph O'Brien will scale back his riding commitments next year as he takes his first steps towards a new career out of the saddle.

The 22-year-old, whose father Aidan is one of the world's leading trainers, was champion jockey in Ireland in 2012 and 2013, but has struggled with his weight this term and revealed on Tuesday he has taken out a licence to train point-to-pointers, which could lead to him training in his own right.

O'Brien, who won the Derby on Camelot in 2012 and Australia two years later, horses saddled by his father, said in a statement on Wednesday evening: "I have been looking after the jumpers and some Flat horses for Dad in Owning Hill for the past number of months and have really enjoyed it.

"I ride work in Ballydoyle [his father's base] every morning and that is something I will continue doing long term. I don't intend to race-ride as much next year, but I will combine riding work in Ballydoyle and look after the horses in Owning Hill."

O'Brien, who became the youngest jockey to win a Breeders' Cup race when St Nicholas Abbey took the Turf in 2011, is 8-1 with William Hill to train a Cheltenham Festival winner by 2017.

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