Dickinson salutes O’Brien feat

Michael Dickinson hailed Aidan O'Brien's amazing achievement in training the first three in the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

Found and connections after O'Brien's Arc 1-2-3

Dickinson made history when responsible for the first five in the Cheltenham Gold Cup on Thursday, March 17 in 1983.

His feat in monopolising the blue riband of jump racing with his contingent of Bregawn, Captain John, Wayward Lad, Silver Buck and Ashley House is seen as something that will never be repeated.

The 'Famous Five' was the pinnacle of an amazing campaign that saw Dickinson break Arthur Stephenson's record of 114 winners in a season for his total of 120 made him the first jumps trainer to break the £300,000 barrier with £358,837 to ensure the second of his three trainers' championships.

It was not long before he was head-hunted by Robert Sangster to turn Manton into a modern-day Flat establishment.

However, that did not turn out quite as hoped and after just one season and Dickinson moved to America in 1987, where he did successfully turn his attentions to the Flat.

It was also never thought that one trainer would have a one-two-three in Europe's premier middle-distance Flat race.

But that is just what O'Brien did with Found, Highland Reel and Order Of St George at Chantilly as he added yet another record to his impressive list of achievements in an incredible career that took off when he moved to Ballydoyle in 1996.

Speaking from his home in America, Dickinson said: "Congratulations to Aidan, it's a fantastic achievement.

"It's great to have the power of Coolmore behind him, but he does a brilliant job training them."

The nearest anyone had gone to achieving a similar feat to Dickinson was Newmarket trainer Frank Butters, who saddled four of the first five in the 1932 St Leger led by Firdaussi, owned by the Aga Khan.

Only the third escaped Butters, who had the runner-up in Dastur, the fourth Udaipur and fifth Taj Kasra.

For O'Brien, it was the second time this year he has enjoyed a clean sweep in a major Group One, for on May 1 he sent out the first three in the Qipco 1000 Guineas at Newmarket through Minding, Ballydoyle and Alice Springs.

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