There have been many tributes to the late Vincent O’Brien, but the best I’ve read is by Victor Sheahan, who blogs at Montjeu.com. Victor highlights the best stallions trained by the maestro, and how Vincent’s knowledge of pedigree was paramount to their successes. Click here to read it.
The following is background on Victor from the eMatings.com site:
VICTOR SHEAHAN is a cost accountant and pedigree analyst. His work as a pedigree analyst is strongly influenced by his costing background. In assessing stallions he focuses on value for money and return on investment. Due to the statistical nature of his analysis he rarely recommends stallions yet to have runners. For those breeding to race he will work within their budget to identify suitable stallions capable of producing sound, durable, and hopefully top-class racehorses. For those breeding to sell he identifies compatible stallions due to have better-bred crops on the track at the time the offspring will be sold. He believes that racecourse success is more likely to guarantee a good sales return than trying to predict what first-season sire will be in fashion at the time of sale. His ambition is to help breed an Epsom Derby winner. He resides in County Kerry, Ireland, and he is the author of the respected blog http://www.montjeu.com