O'Brien donates special gift for his old school to auction
A FRAMED print of racehorse Rip Van Winkle, trained by Ballydoyle master Aidan O'Brien, is up for auction at the renowned trainer's old alma mater.
The famous past pupil donated a print of this remarkable horse to Donard National School recently.
Jack O'Brien, nephew of Aidan, presented the framed print to Principal Kevin Kennedy on behalf of his well-known uncle for the auction, which was launched at the school's recent field evening.
According to Jo Scott from the Parents Association, who are organising the fundraiser, the school never envisaged receiving something so generous from such a well-known personality and past pupil for the auction.
The racehorse Rip Van Winkle won his maiden race at the first time of asking and went on to win the Group 3 Tyros Stakes. It was in his next race at Sandown that he came second to one of the world's greatest horses, See The Stars.
Rip Van Winkle deserved to win a group one race and finally did so on his next outing with a storming success in the Sussex Stakes and he followed up with another Group One winning the QEII Stakes.
At the Yorks International Stakes in 2009 he secured his third Group One victory.
The school is accepting bids for this picture up to this Thursday at 12 noon.
The latest bid placed on the framed print at the time of writing was €300 and to arrange to view the framed photo or to place a bid contact Helen McDonald on (087) 9586726.