June 1, 2009 at 17:12 #11575OnthestealMember
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The greatest trainer of all time and a fitting innings of 92.
I think I’ll be long gone before any trainer even thinks about emulating what Vincent achieved.
R.I.P. you old genius.June 1, 2009 at 17:12 #231394carvillshillParticipant
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Very sad news. He lived beside me here in Straffan in his last years. Whatever about his later glories with Derbys and big races around the world I will always think his greatest feat was his domination of the Gloucester Hurdle (now the Supreme Novices) winning at one point 11 of 12 divisions- pure genius, like the man himself.
RIP, the greatest trainer the world has ever seen.June 1, 2009 at 17:26 #231401MDeeringMember
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With support of the Coolmore operation, this man guided Flat racing into the late 20th and 21st century by uncovering Northern Dancer.
I salute you as an unparalleled immortal. R.I.P.June 1, 2009 at 17:36 #231404shabbyMember
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Despite a venerable age this is very sad news, he was a visionary and a gentleman.
A man who truly changed the face of his sport and the way it was practiced…maybe the best man who every threw a saddle on a horse.June 1, 2009 at 17:36 #231405SeebaldMember
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Quite simply the greatest figure on the turf of the 20th century. If you have not read Ivor Herbert’s book on the man then get it now.
R.I.PJune 1, 2009 at 17:41 #231407CavParticipant
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A true horseracing genius.
R.I.P. Dr Vincent O Brien.June 1, 2009 at 17:48 #231411Gazs Way De SolzenMember
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RIP Vincent O’Brien.June 1, 2009 at 17:58 #231412Maxilon 5Member
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RIP Vincent O Brien.June 1, 2009 at 18:30 #231419Roddy OwenParticipant
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Few have bridged the jumps/flat divide as he achieved. A legend that is for sure. An honour to have witnessed his triumphs.June 1, 2009 at 19:09 #231422HimselfParticipant
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Couldn’t the big man upstairs not have waited until after the Derby.
How very sad.
The greatest trainer of racehorses who ever lived. A remarkable man and the world is a poorer place without him.
May you R.I.P. Dr. M.V. O’Brien.
Gambling Only Pays When You're WinningJune 1, 2009 at 19:44 #231428AnonymousInactive
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Truly a legend in his own lifetime; the last person to train a triple crown winner, and the man responsible for bringing back the other 20th century racing icon – Lester Piggott – – to combine in triumph on Royal Academy.
Thanks for the memories Vincent.June 1, 2009 at 19:46 #231429Imperial CallMember
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I don’t think anyone will ever match MV O’Brien’s impact or achievements. He certainly put Irish racing and the Irish bloodstock industry on the map. A self made man, a gentleman and an absolute genius.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam uasalJune 1, 2009 at 20:21 #231432AnonymousInactive
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Excuse me for the copy and paste but just look at this list:-
Big-race wins: Cheltenham Gold Cup: Cottage Rake 1948, 1949, 1950, Knock Hard 1953. Champion Hurdle: Hatton’s Grace 1949, 1950, 1951. Grand National: Early Mist 1953, Royal Tan 1954, Quare Times 1955. Derby: Larkspur 1962, Sir Ivor 1968, Nijinsky 1970, Roberto 1972, The Minstrel 1977, Golden Fleece 1982. Oaks: Long Look 1965, Valoris 1966. St Leger: Ballymoss 1957, Nijinsky 1970, Boucher 1972. 2000 Guineas: Sir Ivor 1968, Nijinsky 1970, Lomond 1983, El Gran Senor 1984. 1000 Guineas: Glad Rags 1966. Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe: Ballymoss 1958, Alleged 1977, 1978. King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes: Ballymoss 1958, Nijinsky 1970, The Minstrel 1977. Breeders’ Cup Mile: Royal Academy 1990. Irish 2000 Guineas: El Toro 1959, Jaazeiro 1978, King’s Lake 1981, Sadler’s Wells 1984, Prince Of Birds 1988. Irish 1000 Guineas: Valoris 1966, Lady Capulet 1977, Godetia 1979. Irish Derby: Chamier 1953, Ballymoss 1957, Nijinsky 1970, The Minstrel 1977, El Gran Senor 1984, Law Society 1985. Irish Oaks: Ancasta 1964, Aurabella 1965, Gaia 1969, Godetia 1979. Irish St Leger: Barclay 1959, White Gloves 1966, Reindeer 1969, Caucasus 1975, Meneval 1976, Transworld 1977, Gonzales 1980, Leading Counsel 1985, Dark Lomond 1988.
Best horses trained: Nijinsky, Sir Ivor, Alleged, Sadler’s Wells, Golden Fleece, The Minstrel, El Gran Senor, Ballymoss, Roberto, Early Mist, Quare Times, Royal Tan, Hatton’s Grace, Cottage Rake.
Is there anything this man didn’t achieve?. Champion Hurdles, Gold Cups, Nationals, Derbys, St Legers, 1000 and 2000 Guineas, Oaks Breeders Cup.
His understanding of both Jumps and Flat horses was amazing as was his way with people. The list of owners he attracted into the game is as impressive as the list of horses he trained to win.
On a personal note: a special thanks for Nijinsky and Sir Ivor who gave me so much pleasure watching them.
RIP King Vincent of BallydoyleJune 1, 2009 at 20:27 #231435AnonymousInactive
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RIP, the greatest trainer the world has ever seen.
Can’t add anything to that.June 1, 2009 at 20:33 #231437moehatParticipant
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I will never, ever forget the night that Royal Academy won in America. Perhaps if Fame and Glory wins for Coolmore on Saturday it would be a fitting tribute to him.June 1, 2009 at 20:39 #231438SobaMember
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Very saddened to hear he has passed away. An absolute utter genius and quite simply the best there ever was or is ever likely to be. One thing is for sure he will never ever be forgotten. R.I.P Vincent.June 1, 2009 at 21:06 #231440stilviParticipant
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The record speaks for itself. So many Champions from a relatively small number of horses.
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