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Joseph O'Brien

Joseph O'Brien could have runners under his name by Monday

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Joseph O'Brien expecting training licence soon

THERE will almost inevitably be an O'Brien-trained winner at Royal Ascot in a couple of weeks' time - but it may not be only Aidan on the scoresheet after son Joseph revealed to the Racing Post he expects to receive his training licence this week and to have his first runners in his own name next Monday.

The former Irish champion and multiple Group 1-winning jockey has been supervising part of his father's big team of horses and looking after the Owning, County Kilkenny end of the O'Brien operation, although all runners have been officially trained by his father.

O'Brien, 23, said: "I have an interview with the Turf Club on Friday and there is paperwork to be sorted out with Horse Racing Ireland. Hopefully, that will be completed by Friday.

"It won't happen in time for declarations for Saturday and Sunday, but it should be sorted in time for declarations on Sunday for the meetings at Gowran Park and Listowel on Monday, when I hope to have my first runners in my own name."

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