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RACING: Longsdon pays tribute to Fehily century
Chipping Norton trainer Charlie Longsdon has paid tribute to Noel Fehily after his stable jockey clocked up 100 winners in a season for the first time.
The 38-year-old Irishman reached the milestone at Doncaster with victory on 12-1 shot Easydoesit for Tony Carroll, who trains at Cropthorne in Worcestershire.
Longsdon said: “It was truly deser-ved for a great jockey and horseman.
“Unfortunately it was not on one of mine, although I am very proud to say that he has ridden 46 winners for us this season. It has been a great effort by him and he has been riding out of his skin.”
Fehily, meanwhile, gave Longsdon credit for the success he’s enjoying this season.
“I’m delighted,” he said. “I’ve had a great run of it and I've been very lucky riding for Charlie Longsdon all year, and his horses have been absolutely flying.
“He’s been a great help to me, as has Harry Fry, Warren Greatrex, Charlie Mann and Tony Carroll, who has supported me over the years.
“I rode 89 winners a few years back. That was my best season. I thought I'd get to 100, but not in January.”
Fehily had moved to within one of the century with victory on the Longsdon-trained Battle Born at Warwick.
The five-year-old made virtually all of the running in a National Hunt Flat Race over two miles, before staying on strongly to beat King’s Odyssey by two and a half lengths.
It triggered an across-the-card double for Longsdon, who also enjoyed a rare Flat winner when Java Rose scored on Kempton’s Poly-track.
The five-year-old mare was given an outing in a a mile-and-a-half handicap on the all-weather surface with heavy ground prevalent at the country’s jumps meetings.
The move paid off as she battled on well for Adam Kirby to beat Poitin by three-quarters of a length.
Back over the sticks, Loose Chips followed up his Boxing Day win at Kempton for Longsdon by scoring at Huntingdon.
The eight-year-old made all the running under Aidan Coleman to beat Yesyoucan by eight lengths in a three-mile novices chase.
He could now return to Kempton for the Grade 2 Pendil Novices’ Chase on February 22.
Chipping Norton-based joc-key Charlie Deutsch renewed his successful association with Fitandproperjob when the pair combined to claim victory at Leicester.
The eight-year-old gelding, trained by Tony Middleton at Culworth, near Banbury, provided the teenager with his first winner under National Hunt Rules when scoring at Folkestone in December 2012.
They romped home by ten lengths in a handicap chase over an extended two and a half miles.
However, Deutsch came back down to earth the following day when he picked up a five-day ban for careless riding on runner-up Gonalston Gloud in a handicap hurdle at Southwell.