A busy Saturday afternoon of racing will conclude when Noel Fehily, one of the understated stars of the weighing room, signs off his career at Newbury and Harry Fry is eager that it will be a winning farewell.
Fehily announced his decision to retire after riding a 50/1 winner at the Cheltenham Festival last week but the price on a farewell winner won’t be quite as dramatic.
He rides the unbeaten Get In The Queue for Fry in the Newbury bumper. He’s two from two under Fehily so far and was very impressive last time at Exeter. The Champion Bumper at Cheltenham was mooted although Fry elected to keep his powder dry.
The trainer and jockey have taken this valuable pot in the previous two years and Get In The Queue looks a cut above his rivals.
With 175 winners for Fry’s team, there is a strong relationship with Fehily and the handler admitted this week he’d “never known pressure like it” in his bid to send the jockey out on a winner.
Earlier on the card look out for Nicky Henderson’s She Mite Bite in the Mares’ ‘National Hunt’ Novices’ Hurdle Series Final as she goes in pursuit of a first score under rules.
An Irish point winner last season, she’s made progress since joining the Seven Barrows ranks but remains without a win. She made the frame in a Warwick novice on New Year’s Eve and went a step further at Sandown in February over this 2m4f trip by finishing second.
She looked more than capable of getting off the mark in her first handicap at Ludlow last time over three miles, only to be brought down at the third last. A mark of 119 doesn’t look beyond her and she can oblige here.
Over on the all-weather at Kempton, Derry Boy can make a winning start in handicaps for David Evans. He’s finished second in three of this four runs on the AW so far although his most recent run strongly suggested there’s nothing ungenuine about him.
He was punted from 7/2 into 11/10f a fortnight ago for a C&D novice contest and went down in a head-bobber to a potentially smart Richard Hannon-trained newcomer.
The pair engaged in battle throughout the final furlong and that will have brought Derry Boy on. With Jason Watson taking over in the plate now, compensation awaits.