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Published: 14:20 | 8/3/16

Kinane expects O'Brien to be a success


Mick Kinane has backed Joseph O'Brien to enjoy a successful career as a trainer.

O'Brien has announced he will not ride at all in 2016 in order to devote all his time to training horses.

The two-time Irish champion jockey rode over 500 winners during his short career and famously broke Kinane's long-standing record for winners in an Irish Flat season in 2013.

Kinane has been impressed with how the 22-year-old coped with the pressure of riding for the powerful Ballydoyle yard and believes he will made a seamless transition to training.

"For one so young he achieved an awful lot as a jockey. He can be proud of what he achieved," said Kinane. "It's all about success at Ballydoyle and they need stallions every year. He handled the pressure that goes with the job remarkably well.

"It's a very powerful stable but he had to get the job done.

"He should get the right support and he's training from a nice establishment. I'd expect him to be a success."

O'Brien has been looking after a string of more than 70 horses at a yard in County Kilkenny and will acquire his own training licence next month.

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