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O’Brien eyes up Longines Irish Champions Weekend for strong team of stayers

O’Brien eyes up Longines Irish Champions Weekend for strong team of stayers

Joseph O'Brien is planning a formidable assault on the Group 1 Comer Group International Irish St Leger at the Curragh on Sunday week on day two of Longines Irish Champions Weekend. 


The €600,000 race is shaping up to be an exceptionally strong renewal in the redeveloped headquarters of Flat racing in Ireland, O'Brien bidding to win it for the first time as a trainer. 

And the young handler is planning to run last year's runner-up Latrobe, Master Of Reality and Twilight Payment, recently switched from Jim Bolger.

"I will have a very good spread of runners over the two days and the Leger team will be strong. 

"Latrobe has been there and done it with his run in the race last year while Master Of Reality has serious form over further. Twilight Payment is not with us long but has settled in really well. They're all on course for weekend."

In preparation for the Pat Smullen Champions Race for Cancer Trials Ireland to take place on Sunday week, five of the nine champions riding in the race rode out in O'Brien's yard in Pilltown on Tuesday morning. 

As well as the young trainer, AP McCoy, Ruby Walsh, Paul Carberry and Charlie Swan all rode out on the famous Owning hill, on which three generations have trained horses, including O’Brien’s grandfather Joe Crowley, his mother Annemarie and father Aidan.