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14th Oct 2015

Joseph O’Brien clears up retirement rumours

Pilltown Prodigy will race next year

Ben Kiely

It looks like Joseph O’Brien isn’t fully retiring from racing.

Earlier this year, the Mirror ran a story claiming that the Pilltown Prodigy would quit racing at the end of the 2015 flat season to focus on training alongside his father for JP McManus. This was perpetuated by the fact that the Kilkenny native has struggled with his weight since taking over as one of the main jockeys for his father Aidan.

While it is true that the 22-year-old intends to mostly train next year, he hasn’t quit the saddle for good.

O’Brien cleared everything up on Twitter, announcing that he doesn’t intend to race ride as much next year, but he will continue to do it along with his new training role at Ballydoyle and looking after horses in Owning Hill.

He closed off his statement by saying he’s looking forward to the upcoming seasons.