RYEDALE trainers have made a flying start to the new Flat turf season, with Richard Fahey leading the way.
The Malton handler sent out three winners and a host of placed horses during the opening two-day meeting at Doncaster at the weekend, a haul highlighted by landing the £45,000 William Hill Spring Mile with the remarkable Brae Hill, who continued his love affair with Town Moor with a resounding success.
Having finished first, second and third in previous Lincoln Handicaps, Brae Hill did not manage to make the cut in the main event this year. But he made his presence felt at Doncaster just the same by capturing the consolation race under a polished ride from David Nolan.
With Fahey in Dubai, saddling the unplaced Gabrial in the Godolphin Mile on World Cup Night at Meydan, it was left to his assistant trainer Robin O’Ryan to supervise proceedings at Doncaster and to sum up Brae Hill’s achievement.
“He’s a legend,” he said. “He just comes alive at Doncaster. He goes back there year after year to tackle that straight mile, which is daunting enough for any horse, and he gives his all every time. He’s a superstar of a horse. I am so pleased for Dave Nolan, who is an important part of the team.”
Fahey was also successful on the second day of the meeting with Manchestar and Flyman, who completed an excellent double for jockey Tony Hamilton, who was at his very best to overcome an unfavoured low draw in the six-furlong handicap.