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Adjectives such as 'legendary' and 'incomparable' are often misused in the sporting lexicon but they are barely adequate to describe the career of horse-trainer, Vincent O'Brien. Voted by his peers in 1999 as the greatest National Hunt trainer of the 20th century, O'Brien was simultaneously voted the greatest Flat trainer of the century. When the Racing Post conducted a poll in 2003 to ascertain the greatest figure in the history of horseracing, O'Brien was again triumphant, this time defeating his celebrated protégé, Lester Piggott, by an overwhelming margin.
Following an incredible record at Cheltenham, O'Brien's feat of three Aintree Grand Nationals with three different horses in three consecutive years would be incredible to behold in the 21st century. O'Brien's Grand National record has never been broken. In fact, it is unlikely to ever be even neared.
This documentary captures the genius of Vincent O'Brien and traces a story of humble beginnings in Ireland to the icon that became Vincent O Brien. Using unseen footage of O'Brien and his horses, the documentary will be of fascination not only to horse racing followers but to fans of sport around the world.
A Horse Racing TV Ireland Production for RTÉ