Joseph O’Brien’s Twilight Payment triumphs over dad Aidan’s Tiger Moth at Flemington

THOROUGHBRED horseracing trainer Joseph O’Brien has turned in a second win over dad Aidan in the Lexus Melbourne Group 1 contest at Flemington Racecourse in Australia.

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The former jockey-turned-trainer marked his first win with Rekindling in 2017, racing home ahead of O’Brien snr’s Johannes Vermeer in the same distance as won by Twilight Payment with Jye McNeil aboard ahead of second-place Tiger Moth.

“Jye gave the horse a fantastic ride,” said Joseph O’Brien after winning the Melbourne Cup for the second time. “I was worried he might have got a bit of pressure on the lead but the horse has an incredible heart and Jye gave him a fantastic ride and he has a huge will to win.”

The winning horse, like Rekindling is owned by Australian businessman Lloyd Williams.

Joseph O’Brien added: “It’s a privilege to train for the people that I train for and the horses that we have.”

Watch the race as it happened online at @flemingtonracecourse and at @SkySports.

Kim Mullahey

Kim Mullahey is’s Ireland Correspondent. She holds an honours undergraduate degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Chicago and has taught Adult Education Creative Writing Studies. Through a media career spanning nearly 25 years Kim has written and photographed regional news, national and international horse sports, fashion and lifestyle. Kim lives with her husband and son in Kildare Ireland, and a stray marmalade cat who has adopted the family.

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