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David O’Meara poised to usurp Richard Fahey's reign
3:24pm Thursday 29th August 2013 in Sport
DAVID O’MEARA is on track to finally end Ryedale neighbour Richard Fahey’s reign as king of Knavesmire.
O’Meara’s Nawton yard is in fine form at present and victories during the prestigious Ebor Festival sent him into double figures for the York Racecourse campaign as he bids to halt Fahey’s seven-year run as York’s champion trainer. Fahey is currently on six winners this term.
O’Meara’s latest assault on Knavesmire was capped on day three when Chancery (7-1) triumphed in the Sky Bet Stakes.
Jockey Danny Tudhope arrived at the two-furlong marker cruising on board the five-year-old and the length-and-a-quarter victory flattered the runner-up Rio’s Rosanna. Tudhope had sat out Thursday’s York meeting with a suspension as O’Meara, based at Arthington Barn Stables, notched a double courtesy of Mont Ras and Dutch Rose.
The trainer said: “It’s great for Danny after he missed out. He’s a huge part of our team. Danny is riding with so much confidence. The horse (Chancery) travelled as well as I have ever seen him and he won going away.
“Hopefully he is going to progress and turn into a horse that could be competitive at a higher level yet.”
As for the prospect of becoming York’s top trainer for the first time come the end of the season in October, O’Meara added: “We’ll keep trying. Richard Fahey has a knack of producing loads of winners. We’ll see how it goes and enjoy it while it lasts.”
Meanwhile, Kevin Ryan kept the Irish Gimcrack Thoroughbred Marketing Stakes trophy in North Yorkshire after Astaire danced to victory in the six-furlong contest on Saturday. The 5-1 shot, ridden by Neil Callan, joined last year’s winner Blaine and 2005 victor Amadeus Wolf, in coming out of the trainer’s Sutton Bank yard to claim the Group 2 feature.
Callan had his mount in front after the first few strides and kicked on for glory about two furlongs out in the £200,000 race. It looked to be a decisive move as he took three lengths out of his rivals.
Astaire started to tie up badly in the final 100 yards but Callan just got his mount home by a neck from the fast-finishing Wilshire Boulevard.
A delighted Ryan said: “It felt like an extra five furlongs (the last 100 yards). I thought the line was never going to come.
“He ran a little bit with the choke out. He’s very laid back at home but as soon as he gets on a racecourse he wants to go and please you.
“Neil said when he gave him a squeeze and he took a couple of lengths out of the field, he thought they were never going to catch him.
“Winning any race at the Ebor meeting is massive.”
Ryan later celebrated a double when Hot Streak (3-1) won the Listed Julia Graves Roses Stakes after a fast finish under Jamie Spencer.
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