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Joseph O'Brien retires from riding at 22 to concentrate on training career

RacingBy Sean Nolan
Joseph O'Brien aboard Australia after winning the Juddmonte International at York in 2014
Joseph O'Brien aboard Australia after winning the Juddmonte International at York in 2014

Joseph O'Brien, a multiple Classic winning rider, is to quit the saddle aged just 22 to concentrate on his training career.

The son of top trainer Aidan O'Brien has had a short but glittering career as a jockey, claiming two Irish champion jockey titles as well as a host of big races in Ireland, the UK, USA and elsewhere.

"It's hard enough to make a decent job of one thing never mind trying to juggle two things so I'll be concentrating on training and won't be riding any more," O'Brien told the paper.

O'Brien set a record for Irish winners in 2013 with 126 but it was in 2012 and 2014 that he regularly picked up the most coveted titles in the game.

In 2012 he won 2,000 Guineas on both sides of the Irish Sea, the Irish and Epsom Derby and the Coronation Cup.

In 2014 he also did the Derby double, on Australia, and claimed the Ascot Gold Cup aboard Leading Light.

His most recent big win the Irish St Leger last season in partnership with Order of St George.

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