Brendan Powell to take up new role as Joseph O’Brien’s assistant

Grand National-winning rider Brendan Powell to take up new role as Irish powerhouse Joseph O’Brien’s assistant

  • Brendan Powell is to take up a new position after retiring from the training ranks
  • The Grand National-winning rider will take up a role as Joseph O’Brien’s assistant
  • He said: ‘When something like this is on the table it would be foolish not to take it’

Brendan Powell, who exclusively announced his retirement from the training ranks in the Mail, is to take up a new role as assistant to Irish powerhouse Joseph O’Brien.

The Grand National-winning rider, who sent out more than 600 winners in a 19-year training career, will take up his new role in Tipperary shortly and is looking forward to the career change.

‘I never thought I’d return to Ireland as most of my life has spent in the UK both riding and training,’ said Powell.

Brendan Powell is to take up a new role after announcing his retirement from the training ranks

Brendan Powell is to take up a new role after announcing his retirement from the training ranks

The Grand National-winning rider is to take up a new role as assistant to  Joseph O'Brien (M)

The Grand National-winning rider is to take up a new role as assistant to  Joseph O’Brien (M)

‘However, when an opportunity like this is on the table it would be foolish not to take it.

‘I will be racing a lot and that is something I’ve always enjoyed doing, whether it be in Britain, Ireland or Dubai.

‘It goes without saying that Joseph is a trainer going places and, having been over a couple of times to visit the yard, there is a great buzz about the place and the staff are excellent.

‘Joseph has some lovely horses under both codes and it will be great to be hands on with syndicates and owners which will be part of my role.

‘I’m lucky to be able enjoy a third chapter to my career and continue working with horses as it’s been my life and passion.’

Powell also twice won both the Scottish Grand National and the Midlands Grand National

Powell also twice won both the Scottish Grand National and the Midlands Grand National

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