Sport Joseph O’Brien tops father Aidan as Rekindling rules in Melbourne Cup

10:31  07 november  2017
10:31  07 november  2017 Source:   Press Association

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Joseph O ’ Brien bettered his father Aidan as Rekindling outpointed Johannes Vermeer to lead home an Irish clean sweep of the Emirates Melbourne Cup at Flemington. The three-year-old, who was last seen when finishing fourth in the St Leger at Doncaster, found an extra gear in the final

Joseph O ’ Brien bettered his father Aidan as Rekindling outpointed Johannes Vermeer to lead home an Irish clean sweep of the Emirates Melbourne Cup at Flemington. The three-year-old, who was last seen when finishing fourth in the St Leger at Doncaster, found an extra gear in the final

Rekindling pictured winning the Curragh Cup earlier in the season (Niall Carson/PA) © Provided by The Press Association Rekindling pictured winning the Curragh Cup earlier in the season (Niall Carson/PA)

Joseph O’Brien bettered his father Aidan as Rekindling outpointed Johannes Vermeer to lead home an Irish clean sweep of the Emirates Melbourne Cup at Flemington.

The three-year-old, who was last seen when finishing fourth in the St Leger at Doncaster, found an extra gear in the final half-furlong to see off Johannes Vermeer by a long neck and give his 24-year-old trainer the biggest win of his career so far.

The Willie Mullins-trained Max Dynamite was a further two and a half lengths back in third in what was a notable result for the Irish team.

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Joseph O ’ Brien bettered his father Aidan as Rekindling outpointed Johannes Vermeer to lead home an Irish clean sweep of the Emirates Melbourne Cup at Flemington. The three-year-old, who was last seen when finishing fourth in the St Leger at Doncaster, found an extra gear in the final

Joseph O ’ Brien bettered his father Aidan as Rekindling outpointed Johannes Vermeer to lead home an Irish clean sweep of the Emirates Melbourne Cup at Flemington. The three-year-old, who was last seen when finishing fourth in the St Leger at Doncaster, found an extra gear in the final

The result caps a memorable year for the O’Brien family with Aidan having surpassed Bobby Frankel’s world record when sending out a 26th Group One winner of the year at Doncaster last month.

“I can’t quite believe it yet. I’m so delighted for Lloyd and Nick (Williams, owners). They suggested to bring him down and that he would have a good chance in the race,” said the winning trainer.

“It hasn’t really sunk in yet to be honest.

“He had a very light weight and Corey gave him a great ride. It’s not often in a big race like that the whole run goes so well. I’m over the moon.

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Joseph O ’ Brien bettered his father Aidan as Rekindling outpointed Johannes Vermeer to lead home an Irish clean sweep of the Emirates Melbourne Cup at Flemington. The three-year-old, who was last seen when finishing fourth in the St Leger at Doncaster, found an extra gear in the final

Joseph O ’ Brien bettered his father Aidan as Rekindling outpointed Johannes Vermeer to lead home an Irish clean sweep of the Emirates Melbourne Cup at Flemington. The three-year-old, who was last seen when finishing fourth in the St Leger at Doncaster, found an extra gear in the final

“I spoke to my dad and he’s delighted.

“I’m going to enjoy today and hopefully we’ll have a horse good enough to come back.”

Lloyd Williams, who was winning the race for the sixth time, told Channel 7: “I’m so proud of this young man – he’s a star.

“I’ve been telling people the father needs to watch out!”

Brown was riding his second Melbourne Cup winner after Shocking in 2009 and said :”I’m speechless. It’s a dream to even ride in the race, but to come out and win it again, I’m lost for words.”

Max Dynamite was beaten just half a length in second two years ago and Mullins was thrilled to see him make the frame again, with his other two runners also finishing in the top 10.

He told www.racing.com: “I’m delighted with him. I thought about halfway up the stretch that if he could get room, he might get out and do it, but I think his age maybe caught up with him.

“We’re delighted with him and Thomas Hobson, who eventually got into sixth, and Wicklow Brave who was 10th, what more can you ask for?”

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