Irish eyes are smiling in Melbourne

Irish eyes are smiling in Melbourne

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 Posted by Joseph Streeter
Joseph O'Brien became the youngest ever winner of the cup

Irish racing fans who stayed up deep into the early hours of the morning to witness the much anticipated Melbourne Cup weren’t left disappointed, as Irishman Joseph O’Brien edged out his father and became the race’s youngest ever winning trainer at just 24.

O’Brien trained Rekindling was victorious in an Irish one-two-three, with Johannes Vermeer finishing second and former winner Max Dynamite coming in third.

Senior Marketing Manager of At The Races, Michael Ward emphasised to that this year’s ‘the Melbourne Cup once again attracted strong betting interest among UK and Irish racing fans.’

He added: ‘With increasing broadcast and digital exposure for ‘European’ contenders in high-profile overseas races, we expected plenty were awake early on Tuesday morning to see how the likes of Marmelo, Wall Of Fire and Rekindling fare at Flemington.’

After the race winning owner Lloyd Williams couldn’t hide his elation, when he stated: "I have been telling anyone who will listen to me that Joseph will be the leading trainer in the world in years to come, his father needs to watch out.

"You have just seen the start of an amazing career kick off right here in Melbourne. He's an absolutely extraordinary young man and this is an amazing achievement."

Totally Gaming says: It’s truly hard not to understate the achievements of Joseph O’Brien, claiming victory in the World’s richest handicap at just the age of 24. For O’Brien Sr on the other hand, although will be disappointed at not claiming a long awaited Melbourne cup victory, he’ll be brimming with pride at just the achievements of his son.

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