A really world-class subject assembled on Irish shores this yr and the weekend began with a stellar schedule of racing at Leopardstown, the place a well-known face dominated proceedings.
Most notably, he watched on as Magical claimed the celebrated QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes, offering O’Brien together with his first winner of the Group One spectacle since 2011.
The race favourite was nicely ridden by Ryan Moore who had positioned his mount completely all through the race to see off competitors from a world-class subject.
“We knew she (Magical) was going to be in actual fine condition for at the moment (Saturday) and I could not have been happier together with her,” O’Brien stated after the race.
“She’s a stunning filly. We all know she will get the mile and a half and handles an ease within the floor, she was again to a mile and 1 / 4 at the moment on quick floor and Ryan gave her a stunning, uncomplicated experience.”
If that wasn’t sufficient, each Magic Wand and Anthony Van Dyck — additionally skilled by O’Brien — completed second and third respectively, serving to underline the coach’s dominance.
It was an O’Brien who additionally skilled the winner of the day’s solely different Group 1 race, though this time it was left to Aidan’s son, Joseph.
He watched on as Iridessa took the honors within the Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron Stakes.
Irish St. Leger
Sunday noticed 9 races from the historic Curragh racecourse however, surprisingly, didn’t see one other win for the O’Brien household.
If the Irish Champion Stakes was the spotlight of the primary day, then the Irish St. Leger was definitely the headline for the second.
This time it was fellow Irish coach Dermot Weld who was celebrating as his horse Search For A Track held on to say victory.
Weld — who has been named Eire’s champion coach on 21 events — has now skilled eight winners of the Irish St. Leger.
Nonetheless, this yr’s winner — ridden by Chris Hayes — was not broadly tipped and didn’t get off to better of begins.
“I am half-shaken somewhat bit. Nothing actually went proper in the beginning and also you usually exit in these races and have a plan,” Hayes stated after the race.
“I knew after a furlong I might be getting right into a row together with her.”
The competition was not solely an opportunity to look at a few of the world’s greatest thoroughbreds, but it surely additionally celebrated elegant style, connoisseur food and drinks and different leisure.