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