Rekindling a Melbourne Cup First Runner for "Son Of"
Aidan O’Brien is no stranger to global success in the training ranks and a Melbourne Cup win is very much on his bucket list. However, he has meaningful competition from his son, Joseph, not just on home soil in Ireland but seemingly everywhere he goes these days.
Joseph is responsible for quite an exciting addition to the Melbourne Cup runners, a horse with stacks of experience in top middle distances races and one that could certainly find further improvement for a step up to two miles for “the race that stops a nation” on November 7th.
You can get Melbourne Cup odds of $26.00 about Rekindling in the UK, but he is as short as $17.00, such is the respect for not just the horse, but the man behind his journey and recent progress.
Joseph O’Brien is just 24-years of age and is already a retired champion jockey, one that has won a brace of Group 1 races, including the Epsom Derby, 2000 Guineas, Ascot Gold Cup and many more.
His size and weight ultimately put a stop to his riding career, but in a short space of time this young man proved himself to be a top operator within the racing game and when he hung up his boots, it didn’t take long for rumour of Joseph setting up a substantial training facility to catch fire.
For the most part, Joseph O’Brien is responsible for jumping horses (he’s already had a Cheltenham Festival winner), but he has a few smart flat horses as well, and Rekindling is one such horse.
Rekindling won the Curragh Cup earlier in the season and was last seen finishing fourth in the St Leger Stakes at Doncaster, in what was a very promising run where the son of High Chaparral shaped as though marathon distance trips are going to be the future for him.
He is related to several quality middle distance horses but in his style of running definitely gives the impression that what he lacks in gears he makes up for with stamina and that ability to just keep galloping which will leave him in good shape for a tilt at Flemington glory in a few weeks time.
He will run under the ownership of multiple Melbourne Cup winning owner Lloyd Williams, who is also running Aidan O’Brien’s former Derby runner-up US Army Ranger.
“They’ve been quarantined over in Ireland and Joseph is very happy with both horses,” Williams’ son, Nick told the media recently. “I think Rekindling in particular is a very promising young horse. He’s a three-year-old and he’s got 51.5 kilograms in the 2017 Melbourne Cup. He’s a very light horse and he won’t take much work when he gets here.”
Rekindling (first) and US Army Ranger stretch their legs after a routine vet check at the Werribee International Horse Facility pic.twitter.com/DU7fh7Eix7— Racing Victoria (@RacingInsider) October 14, 2017
And that could be key to his chances, the ability to stay fresh will be important, especially since Rekindling has had a busier season than his juvenile campaign. He is a tough and progressive young horse though, and his young trainer is not your average Joe.