Irish-trained horses completed a remarkable clean sweep at the Melbourne Cup this morning, as Joseph O'Brien's Rekindling overtook his father Aidan's Johannes Vermeer in the home straight for victory, writes Stephen Barry.
Willie Mullins' Max Dynamite rounded out the 1-2-3 for Ireland in a race which has rarely featured international winners - the first two trained by Dermot Weld in 1993 and 2002.
— Racing.com (@Racing) November 7, 2017
The 24-year-old O'Brien becomes the youngest winning trainer of the world's richest two-mile handicap, which remains one of the few prizes to evade his world-record breaking, Group 1-winning father Aidan, who is on holiday in Barbados.
However, after a post-race phone call, Joseph said his father was "delighted" for him.
Ridden 30 Group 1 winners.
Won 10 Classics as a jockey.
Melbourne Cup winning trainer.
He’s 24 years old... pic.twitter.com/t960JEXu3l— At The Races (@AtTheRaces) November 7, 2017
Irish jockeys, trainers and fans were quick to offer their congratulations too - once they'd woken up!
Joseph O’Brien wins a Derby on Australia and now he conquers Australia 🍾— Tony Mullins (@tonymullins84) November 7, 2017
Tremendous news from Australia overnight. Irish Racing leading the way on the other side of the planet! https://t.co/GyApHzkmmx— Michael Creed TD (@creedcnw) November 7, 2017
Irish 1-2-3 unreal . Back to sleep 😴🤠— Anthony Daly (@DaloAnto) November 7, 2017
Well done Joseph o’Brien what an achievement, to win a Melbourne cup with Rekindling— mick fitzgerald (@mickfitzg) November 7, 2017
Unbelievable result for the @JosephOBrien2 stable in Melbourne. Amazing what he's achieved at 24. Sheer dedication from such a young man.— Brendan Powell (@bpowell13) November 7, 2017
The achievements of Irish racing in the Melbourne Cup are stupendous. Hats off to Joseph O’Brien, Aidan O’Brien and Willie Mullins. #GLOBAL— John Duggan (@JohnDugganSport) November 7, 2017
Melbourne Cup win of Joseph O'Brien and placings of Aidan O'Brien&Willie Mullins phenomenal achievement - Irish Trainers are world leaders— Denis Coakley (@deniscoakley11) November 7, 2017
It's another chapter to the history of Irish success down under, following on from Weld and the 2012 race, which saw the first seven horses home all bred in Ireland.
And it opens the next generation of O'Brien success too.