Fehily bows out in style
On a day of high emotion we were honoured to play a small part by saddling the final winner for the man who has been a huge asset to us since we started training. It was the perfect fairytale ending.
Noel was given a wonderful send off by hundreds of racegoers standing four or five deep as he walked from the weighing room to the paddock with his fellow jockeys also forming a guard of honour.
Then it was down to business with Noel riding a typically flawless race on Get In The Queue who travelled strongly before leading two furlongs out and pulling clear to win by four and a half lengths from Prince Llywelyn.
Horse and rider then returned to the most tremendous reception. It was no more than Noel deserved after such an outstanding career.
We have been so lucky to have him riding our horses from the start. He is a brilliant tactician, wise beyond his years, totally loyal, a great friend and his input on all things has been invaluable.
Whilst we are delighted Noel has gone out at the very top, we are going to miss him, though we hope we can twist his arm to come in on the odd morning to keep an eye on things.
Get In The Queue, meanwhile, is almost certainly finished for the season after becoming our third successive winner of the Goffs UK bumper. He is unbeaten, a relentless galloper, and is going to be exciting over hurdles next season.
Earlier on Saturday Winston C sparked a double for the yard with the narrowest possible success in a £40,000 Handicap Hurdle at Kelso.
On any other day Sean Bowen’s never say die ride on the winner would have stolen all the headlines.
The cause looked hopeless at halfway with Winston C struggling in the rear after an early mistake. We’d given up the ghost at that stage but Sean somehow weaved his magic and conjured a late charge that took them to the front in the last stride.
Winston C did really well to defy a steep 11lbs rise for winning a novice hurdle. Options for him include the Scottish Champion Hurdle, a £100,000 novices’ handicap hurdle on the last day of the season at Sandown and a race at Punchestown.
We will see how he is over the next couple of weeks before making a decision.
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