O’Brien claims first classic win

Joseph O’Brien rode to his first classic win as Roderic O’Connor carried him victory in the Abu Dhabi Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh.

Two days shy of his 18th birthday, O’Brien was well clear of the chasing pack when pre-race favourite Dubawi Gold made a startling charge from last to an eventual second place finish, with Roderic O’Connor finishing three quarters of a length clear.

Dubawi Gold had entered the race on the back of his second place finish behind the dominant Frankel in the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket, but couldn’t replicate that form as O’Brien led the race from the starting line.

The youngster thanked his Father Adrian O’Brien, who trains Roderic O’Conner, and was also grateful to the horse’s trainers.

“I owe the owners a big thanks for giving me this opportunity.” He said.

“Dad had him ready for today and he picked up from the three pole. He stays very well and he is very genuine.”

“That’s about my 60th winner now and this is what you dream of.” He added.

The winning trainer and ecstatic father said: “This is one of those days that you couldn’t dream about happening.I can’t explain just how delighted we are. Joseph works very hard and he knows this horse well.

“All credit must go to the owners for giving him the chance. The horse is very brave and stays very well.”  He added.

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