Champion trainer Aidan O’Brien is closing in on his 4,000th career winner ahead of Irish Champions Festival at Leopardstown tomorrow and at the Curragh on Sunday.

This would mark another significant milestone for the record-breaking Wexford man who has trained horses to win all around the world over jumps and on the Flat since taking out his licence in June 1993.

O’Brien’s tally currently stands at 3,994 winners. Ahead of the weekend, the Ballydoyle handler runs Kestral at Ascot today and will be well represented over Irish Champions Weekend by the likes of Diego Velazquez (KPMG Champions Juvenile Stakes) and Auguste Rodin (Royal Bahrain Irish Champion Stakes) at Leopardstown along with Ylang Ylang (Moyglare Stud Stakes), City Of Troy (Goffs Vincent O’Brien National Stakes) and Kyprios (Comer Group International Irish St Leger) at the Curragh.

Those just five of his team with strong form claims over the two days.

O’Brien will become the third Irish trainer to achieve this milestone. Dermot Weld recorded his 4,000th winner with Sea Swift at Naas in 2016. Willie Mullins also hit his landmark 4,000th winner when Bronn won at Fairyhouse on January 28 this year.

The two days of racing over the weekend are among the best the country has ever staged with the added bonus of a flying visit by star jockey Frankie dettori who may be making his final working visit to Ireland.