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Show #73 - Ireland

Winning Post spends time with Irish racing royalty, the O'Brien family, ahead of the 239th running of the Investec Derby at Epsom, and finds out how they have dominated the race in recent years. With a possible seven entries this year, Aidan O'Brien has already saddled six Derby victories, but his son Joseph, who rode two of those winning horses, is looking for his first as a trainer. Two years ago, he gave up being a jockey and is now in charge of a 150-strong string of his own. He gives us an insight into his daily routines in the picturesque Irish countryside that surrounds his yard, Owning Hill in Piltown, and introduces his big hope for the race. Although just forty minutes from where he grew up at father Aidan's famous training centre, Ballydoyle, it's rare that Joseph gets the opportunity to catch up with the family. He invites us to join him as he spends time with his mother and father and three siblings. Younger brother Donnacha and sister Ana have also ridden their father's horses in the Derby. Aidan explains how they have achieved such success in the racing world and talks of his hopes of making it a record-equaling seven Derby wins with the bookies' favourite, Saxon Warrior. Come race day, all that remains is to find out whether the family will achieve their dreams in a race that is considered the supreme test of a racehorse, and the oldest continuously-run sporting event in the world.
Duration30 Mins
Episode No. out of Series Total73
Production CountryUnited States
Production Year2019
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