Ballydoyle Trainer Aidan O’Brien received his 18th Irish Flat Champion Trainer title at Leopardstown on Sunday, while his son Joseph was crowned Champion Jockey for the second year in a row.
Aidan O’Brien had 135 winners for the season, which is the highest total for an Irish trainer in the last 20 years. This total includes 95 individual winning horses, which alone would have been enough to ensure he was leading trainer in 12 of the 13 championships since 2000.
20-year-old Joseph had a record-breaking season that saw him beat Michael Kinane’s long-standing record for the number of winners in a season with a total of 126. In doing so he has also registered the highest winning percentage of any champion jockey since 2000 at 28%. A highlight for Joseph this year was winning his third Abu Dhabi Irish 2000 Guineas in a row.
With Aidan and Joseph both in America for the Breeders Cup, TJ Comerford (Head Lad) accepted perpetual Irish silver trophies on their behalf, presented by Michael O’Rourke, HRI Director of Marketing and Communications, in the parade ring at Leopardstown.