Joseph O’ Brien To Train Point-To-Pointers

Horse 5Joseph O’Brien has revealed that he will begin training point-to-pointers in a move that could prove significant to the future of the multiple Classic-winning jockey. There has been much speculation in recent months about the dual Irish champion switching his attention to training, and the 22-year-old confirmed he has taken out a licence to train horses for point-to-points. Speaking at the Curragh’s final meeting of the year, O’Brien, who brought his domestic tally for the season to 49 winners with victory on Idaho, trained by his father Aidan, said: “It’s true. I’m going to train a few point-to-pointers over the winter. I have a few young horses of our own and a few for John Nallen. The horses O’Brien will train for Nallen include Minella For Me, a five-year-old son of King’s Theatre bought by Nallen for €50,000 at the Tattersalls Ireland Derby Sale in 2013. Nallen, a much-respected producer of young point-to-point horses as an owner-trainer in his own right, has a long-standing relationship with the O’Brien family. Joseph’s father Aidan and mother Annemarie trained and rode winners for Nallen during the 1990s. The O’Brien family also have a connection with racing between the flags, as Aidan rode 18 winners in Irish point-to-points between 1989 and 1992.