Schmidt’s Cos­mic Hori­zon to run to­day

The Irish Times - Monday - Sport - - Sports - BRIAN O’CONNOR

The first of Don­nacha O’Brien’s five rides at Roscom­mon this evening will be when he dons the colours of Ir­ish rugby’s head coach Joe Schmidt in the opener.

Schmidt is a long-time racing fan but Cos­mic Hori­zon is his first ven­ture into own­er­ship.

The ju­ve­nile colt was nar­rowly beaten at the Gal­way fes­ti­val by Zuenoon – a win­ner again since – and Cos­mic Hori­zon gets a use­ful 4lbs from the two pre­vi­ous win­ners in to­day’s race.

Cos­mic Hori­zon is cer­tainly rid­den by the most in-form jockey in the coun­try as O’Brien’s Cur­ragh four-timer on Satur­day looks to have given him a firm grip on a first rid­ers cham­pi­onship.

O’Brien is now on 81 win­ners for the sea­son, 17 ahead of the reign­ing cham­pion, Colin Keane.

Ai­dan O’Brien passed the cen­tury mark for win­ners in Ire­land this sea­son when his own Satur­day four-timer took him to 102. His son Joseph is next in the trainer’s ta­ble with 56.

Fil­lies hand­i­cap

In ad­di­tion to Cos­mic Hori­zon, Don­nacha O’Brien has three other rides for his brother to­day as well as Erin for his fa­ther in a fil­lies hand­i­cap.

Erin ran at Satur­day’s Cur­ragh meet­ing when last in a Group Three al­though less than eight lengths be­hind the win­ner I’m So Fancy.

Keane’s best chance of a re­ply to his ri­val may come in a fil­lies maiden aboard An­ces­tral.

The Jud­dmonte bred daugh­ter of the 1999 1,000 Guineas win­ner Wince was a promis­ing third to Park Bloom on her de­but at the Cur­ragh in July.

Sapi­ens is an­other Jud­dmonte hope in the ap­pren­tice maiden al­though High Monte looks a likely an­swer to this.

Joe Schmidt: Cos­mic Hori­zon is his first race horse

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