Aidan Coleman and Brendan Powell Jnr keep fit during lockdown by training thoroughbreds at Joseph O’Brien’s County Kilkenny stable
- Arkle Chase winning jockey Aidan Coleman has partnered trainer Joseph O’Brien
- Brendan Powell Jnr is also maintaining his fitness at the County Kilkenny stable
- The jockeys have been preparing 85-90 two-year-olds over the last month
Two of this season’s successful Cheltenham Festival riders are maintaining their lockdown fitness by partnering some of Ireland’s most choicely bred and speediest thoroughbreds.
Arkle Chase winning jockey Aidan Coleman and Brendan Powell Jnr, rider of Ultima Handicap Chase winner The Conditional, have teamed up with top Irish trainer Joseph O’Brien to assist in the training of a vast team of two-year-olds at O’Brien’s County Kilkenny stable.
Coleman, who enjoyed notable success at the Festival aboard Henry De Bromhead’s mare Put The Kettle On, is based with brother Kevin a few miles from O’Brien’s Piltown base, but has also become an integral member of a 65-strong exercise workforce which also features fellow British-based jockey Powell.
Arkle Chase winning jockey Aidan Coleman is keeping fit at the County Kilkenny stable
Powell is based with father Brendan, the Grand National winning rider who is now assistant to O’Brien.
Powell jnr said: ‘I have been over in Ireland for a month now and it has been a great opportunity. I am very grateful to Joseph for the chance to come over and ride work and maintain my fitness this way.
‘Most of the jumpers have been sent on their holidays so we are riding the two-year-olds as well as the older horses and it has been a terrific experience.
‘I think there is a team of approximately 85-90 two-year-olds so it has been a good thrill to ride them in work and help prepare them for when racing eventually begins again.’
Powell possesses a Flat license so could even be employed on the level once racing resumes.
He added: ‘I enjoyed the few spins I had on the Flat last year. My weight is good, despite dad’s excellent cooking, so that could be something to look at going forward.
‘Riding work in the morning on sharp two-year-olds has been a real buzz and it has also been enjoyable to put them through the stalls in the afternoons to teach them that side of the game.’