Fehily gets double act together with two wins at Newton Abbot
Noel Fehily’s star continued to rise at Newton Abbot on Wednesday night where he scored a double. The Irishman has had his fair share of troubles in recent seasons, with some earth crunching falls leaving him with a plethora of broken bones, but he looked as good as ever at the Devon course and admitted that with some decent horses to ride, his confidence is on a high.
“I feel good now. I’ve had my injuries all along and it takes a while to get going but I’ve no aches or pains and I feel good. I’m lucky as the people I’m riding for, the horses are all in goof form and it’s given me confidence.”
Fehily was on board the Harry Fry-trained Bold Chief who made it an eye catching three out of three after winning the valuable novice chase. Oscago’s penultimate fence fall made it easy for the eight-year-old but even so, Bold Chief couldn’t have done any better, and a valuable handicap at Market Rasen in September could be next on the agenda.
Fry said: “Noel was able to dictate the pace from the front which is ideal for us. He’s a solid horse and takes a fair bit of work but summer jumping has done him a world of good,” said Fry.
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Fehily had earlier scored on Maid of Silk in the 2m5f handicap chase, taking up the running before the last to ease past leader Brimham Boy and record an easy win. It was the mare’s second victory in 20 outings signaling the continued scorching hot form of Neil Mulholland who said: “The horses are all in good form but I suppose everyone goes through good runs. It’s great because I have the owners down on Saturday and one or two nice horses for them to see. The horses are well, fit and healthy. They go out in the grass paddocks and it freshens them up and they go again.”
One trick pony Paddy Brennan had just one ride at the course, but it was a winning one for Irishman who threw the works at favourite Kilbree Kid in the novice’ hurdle to win well enough in the end.
Rob Conti and Experimentalist both had chances but slick jumping from the winner secured it, and it was two out of two at the course for the Tom George-trained six-year-old.
Trainer Tom George said: “It was a very exciting race. Paddy said he didn’t really want to make the running but he jumped really well which is his forte.”
It was Brennan’s 20th winner this season, although the jockey admitted rides have been hard to come by this year. “I’d like to get more rides but they are just not there,” he said.
Baltic Blade was hard ridden by Jamie Moore to win the juvenile maiden hurdle on his jumping debut.
Tommy Phelan was on board the Mark Gillard-trained William Percival who won the 2m6f handicap hurdle.
I” think we’ve been on the cold trainers list for so long Chris Gordon sent me a pair of gloves!” joked Gillard, who added: “He’s been consistent in point-to-points and these guys have stuck with him. It’s a job well done. We delighted for these guys as they’ve stuck with their pony.”
Dreamsoftheatre gave favourite backers a scare in the concluding conditional jockeys’ handicap hurdle be he could there in the end under Maurice Linehan from Southway Queen.