Wednesday 16 October 2019

It all started for Daryl at neighbour's stables

SATURDAY'S HEARTSTOPPING photo finish success for Daryl Jacob on Neptune Collonges in the Grand National may all be traced back to visits the Davidstown jockey paid to neighbours.

' He started here,' confirmed Peter O'neill in Moneyhere with a laugh.

The Jacob family owned no horses but the future professional rider made his way to O'neill's where they had several ponies. His first mount was called Misty, on whom the O'neill children all learned to ride.

Daryl was taken to his first meeting of the Bree Hunt by Peter and his daughter Aoife O'neill at Ballybrennan quarry, where he took to the field aboard a steed called Cherry, loaned to him for the day by neighbour Jim Dunne.

The star in the making had to be persuaded to stay in the saddle that day after taking initial fright.

As he grew up, he began to ride out at the stables of Jack Murphy before winning his place at racing school to begin

Daryl chats with trainer Paul Nicholls. a more formal apprenticeship on The Curragh in his chosen career.

' I knew it was all he was ever going to do, commented Peter O'neill, adding his congratulations to Daryl Jacob on the big win. ' I am absolutely delighted for him. He calls here any time he is home.'

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