Tuesday 12 December 2017

O'Brien to have first hurdle ride

Former champion Flat jockey Joseph O'Brien is to swap the opening day of the Flat season at the Curragh on Sunday for Limerick where he'll have his first ride over hurdles for his father Aidan.

The 21-year-old had spoke recently about the prospect of riding over jumps if he was unable to maintain his weight at a manageable level to ride on the Flat and he will begin his switching of codes aboard the JP McManus-owned Egyptian Warrior in the Family Fun Day Rated Novice Hurdle

Jockey Ryan Moore will fly in following Dubai's World Cup meeting tomorrow to team up with Aidan O'Brien at the Curragh where he'll have three rides for the champion trainer and speculation was mounting this morning as to whether or not he'll be announced as the new Ballydoyle stable jockey this weekend.


In an interview earlier this week, O'Brien admitted that he had found it more difficult to get his weight down to ride at 9st on the Flat and Sunday will see him embark on his new career.

But it is as of yet unclear whether he'll attempt to stabilise his weight to ride leading Classic hopes such as Gleneagles later this season.

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