Joseph O'Brien hails his father's ‘unbelievable’ achievement

Joseph O’Brien, speaking after his own success at Tipperary with Cradle Mountain, hailed his father Aidan’s achievement in training the first three home in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe as “unbelievable”.
Joseph O'Brien hails his father's ‘unbelievable’ achievement

“You couldn’t imagine something happening like that will happen – and the three of them all by Galileo,” said O’Brien junior, who explained that this race had long been the plan for Found, who didn’t enjoy the best of runs in the race in 2015.

On this occasion, under a fine ride by Ryan Moore, she hit the front halfway up the straight, and stayed on strongly to repel stable-companions Highland Reel, ridden by Seamie Heffernan, and Order Of St George, ridden by Frankie Dettori.

Of the winner, who won the Breeders’ Cup Turf in 2015, he revealed: “That was why Found was kept in training – it’s the race she was kept for, for a long, long time. Ryan gave her a great ride, and Seamie and Frankie gave their two great rides also.

“When things fall right for Found she is unbelievable. I think she has been second in nine Group 1s. She was a bit unlucky last year, but it was an Arc and every year there are horses that seem to be unlucky – it’s that kind of race.

“The three of them were drawn all over the place today, and it’s a funny track, but for it happen for the three of them to finish in the first three places is unbelievable. It was a serious training achievement.”

Meanwhile Michael Dickinson hailed Aidan O’Brien’s amazing achievement.

Dickinson made history when responsible for the first five in the Cheltenham Gold Cup on Thursday, March 17 in 1983.

His feat in monopolising the blue riband of jump racing with his contingent of Bregawn, Captain John, Wayward Lad, Silver Buck and Ashley House is seen as something that will never be repeated.

The ‘Famous Five’ was the pinnacle of an amazing campaign that saw Dickinson break Arthur Stephenson’s record of 114 winners in a season for his total of 120. It also made him the first jumps trainer to break the £300,000 barrier with £358,837.

Speaking from his home in America, Dickinson said: “Congratulations to Aidan, it’s a fantastic achievement. It’s great to have the power of Coolmore behind him, but he does a brilliant job training them.”

The nearest anyone had gone to achieving a similar feat to Dickinson was Newmarket trainer Frank Butters, who saddled four of the first five in the 1932 St Leger led by Firdaussi, owned by the Aga Khan.

Only the third escaped Butters, who had the runner-up in Dastur, the fourth Udaipur and fifth Taj Kasra.

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