Joseph O’Brien to switch to jumps racing

    Joseph O’Brien admitted on Thursday afternoon that he will soon be forced to change codes and go jumping, as he continues to struggle with his weight.

    O’Brien who was joint champion apprentice in Ireland last season said that he will keep going on the level “as long as possible” but will then switch his attention to the national hunt game.

    “I can do 9st without killing myself,” he said. “But I’m tall and I’m not going to get any lighter. I would like to ride over jumps in the future.”

    O’Brien, 18, enjoyed his first Classic success in May when he won the Irish 2,000 Guineas on Roderic O’Connor and has a chance to win his first British Classic this weekend when he teams up with Seville in the Ladbrokes St Leger.

    “Seville is in good form and I’m looking forward to it,” said O’Brien.

    “I won on him last year and he is very uncomplicated. He has been knocking on the door and I hope he can come back to his best form and run a big race.”

    Paddy Power have reacted to the news today by installing O’Brien at 16-1 to become champion jump jockey in Ireland within five seasons.

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