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TOM O’BRIEN: Liverpool Hurdle winning pilot brings up 1,000th jumps winner

Irish rider Tom O’Brien celebrated his 1,000th career winner at Worcester this weekend

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2F7XPJT Thyme Hill ridden by jockey Tom O'Brien clear a fence on their way to winning the Ryanair Stayers Hurdle on Grand National Day of the 2021 Randox Health Grand National Festival at Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool. Picture date: Saturday April 10, 2021.

Grade 1 Liverpool Hurdle jockey Tom O’Brien celebrated his 1,000th career winner in the saddle at Worcester on Sunday afternoon.

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The 34-year-old was doing the steering aboard Ian Williams’s Head On in the Midlands, a well-backed 7-2 shot representing a local yard, and was given a fine ride by the Wexford rider to shed his maiden tag.

WATCH: HEAD ON GIVES TOM O’BRIEN HIS 1,000TH BRITISH AND IRISH WINNER AT WORCESTER [CREDIT: AT THE RACES]

O’Brien already has 17 winners this campaign in his hunt to surpass last season’s total of 31 and handler Williams was complimentary of the rider in the aftermath of the Royal Equestrian Bedding Crushed Pellet Bedding Handicap.

WATCH: THYME HILL LANDED THE LIVERPOOL HURDLE AT THE 2021 GRAND NATIONAL FESTIVAL [CREDIT: RACING TV]

“It was a typical performance of his”, he told the Racing Post.

He’s a little bit on and off the bridle, but he got to the front and I think he was the justification of a very good ride from Tom O’Brien. When he’s riding like that it’s not surprising he’s ridden 1,000 winners in his career and I’m sure there’s many more to come.

Ian Williams described Tom O’Brien’s 1,000th winner as a “huge achievement”

“With Charlie [Todd] and Robbie not riding, Tom’s a go-to for us and I should think he’s got a very good season ahead of him. I know he’ll be absolutely delighted to have ridden 1,000 winners. It’s a huge achievement, I don’t think you can underestimate what it is for a jockey to reach that landmark. It’s phenomenal and it’s a fair reward for the work he’s put in.”

Dominic Chapman is senior content writer at Low6 with a passion for horse racing. He provides a NAP and NB every day throughout the week on selected National Hunt and Flat cards in both Britain and Ireland. Additionally, he hosts the Paddock Picks Podcast with former Welsh Grand National-winning pilot, Charlie Poste - the pair interviewing and discussing current racing topics with a special guest every week.

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