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By Cyrus J. Madan
Saturday 12 Jan 2013
Jockey Joseph O'Brien

In Racing when we talk of being bred in the purple or having "Blue Blood coursing through his veins", we are generally talking about the Equine. The Thoroughbred to be precise. An incredible species whose ancestry can be traced back to three founding stallions - The Byerly Turk, The Godolphin Barb and The Darley Arabian. On Sunday the 13th of January, 2013 however as the 4 year olds line up for the Eveready Calcutta Derby, the blood line everyone will be referring to will be that of jockey Joseph O'Brien, who partners Hamlet. He's still in his teens and what an impact he's already made on the world stage. He's the Boy Wonder who rode Camelot to THREE GROUP 1 victories last year in the UK, and that included THE EPSOM DERBY.

 But then that's what the world of racing expected. After all he is the son of the great Aiden O'Brien, one of the most brilliantly successful trainers ever in Ireland. The man who trained Rock Of Gibraltar, Galileo, Hawk Wing, George Washington and High Chaparral, just to mention a few of the world class horses he raced. With that sort of a bloodline Joseph had tough ask. Could he live up to expectations where so many had failed?

The answer to that million dollar question was given in typical O'Brien fashion - On The Track. In 2010 he shared the Champion Apprentice Jockey title in Ireland and then in 2011 he graduated from playing at club and national level and into the Grand Slam arena of Group Races. A victory on Roderic O' Connor in the Irish 2000 Guineas followed up with the Moyglare Stud Stakes (Gr.1) on Maybe was just the icing on the cake before he crossed the Atlantic to win the Breeders Cup Turf in the USA on St.Nicholas Abbey.

2012 saw Joseph really come into his own as he and his Father Aiden became the first Father and Son combination to win the Epsom Derby on Camelot on whom the youngster had already won the 2000 Guineas and he followed that up with a victory in the Iriah Derby. He wound up with NINE GROUP I WINS IN 2012. If that wasn't achievement enough he became Irish Champion Jockey for the year 2012. The first man in over 60 years to have emerged from the Apprentice ranks in 2010 and win a Jockeys Championship two years later.

Joseph O'Brien had indeed arrived and hottest sensation from Ireland is all set to tide Hamlet in the Eveready Calcutta Derby on Sunday. It will be his first ever ride in a Classic in Calcutta. While O'Brien has already established his credentials, Hamlet has a lot to live up to if the Prince Of Denmark wants to become the King Of the Calcutta Turf. He's a winner of just one race from 2 starts and his third start is in the Calcutta Derby. That's the sort of stuff that only comes true in the movies you might say, but then in racing anything can happen. And if nothing else Calcuttans will get a chance to Joseph O'Brien ride in India on a track that has seen the all time great Lester Piggott in addition to a host of others who were all world class.

Courtesy :-The Telegraph