The Kilkenny sun shone down on Joseph O’Brien’s yard just under two weeks ago for a visit organised by Irish Country Living editor Amii McKeever and the Agricultural Science Association (ASA). O’Brien welcomed everyone to Carriganóg Racing and headed straight to the hill to watch the third lot of horses of the day work.

The famous hill gallop is seven furlongs long with a steep bend and incline for the final quarter. O’Brien explained how he maintains a very simple routine for all of the horses he has in training.