‘It Is Our Olympics’: Cheltenham Festival Could Launch O’Brien’s Training Career Into Stratosphere

Although only just 23-years-old, Joseph O'Brien has been associated with some of the best Thoroughbreds in the world throughout his life, through the Coolmore operation. A gifted horseman, O'Brien took out his trainer's license in 2016 after a very successful career as a jockey.

O'Brien has done well during the time he's had his trainer's license, and has sent out several winners, not just over the jumps, but also on the flat. The Cheltenham Festival, one of the most highly-anticipated weeks of racing of the year, gets underway Tuesday, and O'Brien looks to be sending out contenders in many of the races.

A successful Cheltenham meet could take O'Brien's career to the next level. In a recent interview with Thoroughbred Racing Commentary, O'Brien discusses his plans for the future, and how important the Cheltenham Festival is to his budding training career.

“Cheltenham is the Breeders' Cup or Royal Ascot of National Hunt racing,” O'Brien said. “It means everything to us. I'm hoping to have four or five runners at the Festival this year, mainly in the big handicap races. If I could pick one meeting to have a winner at in the whole year, it would be Cheltenham. It is our Olympics.”

Read more at Thoroughbred Racing Commentary

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