Brennan lands 1,000th winner
Paddy Brennan reached another important landmark in his career yesterday when the Galway rider racked up his 1,000 winners at Warwick aboard Colin's Sister.
Brennan, who rode his first winner in the form of Classic Grounds at Gowran Park in 2000, had his biggest day when Imperial Commander landed the Gold Cup in 2010.
"It's an amazing feeling. My ambition ever since I came to England was to ride 1,000 winners and win the Gold Cup. It's been unbelievable and there are so many people to thank," he said.
At Chepstow, meanwhile, the familiar colours of leading Flat owners Sue Magnier, Derrick Smith and Michael Tabor were carried to victory by Utility (11/4), a promising son of Yeats.
An eyecatching fourth at Southwell on his seasonal bow, the Jonjo O'Neill-trained five-year-old put that experience to good use with a smooth win in the first division novices' hurdle over two miles.
Leading two out, the gelding went on to score comfortably by a length and a half from Mister Big in the hands of Aidan Coleman.
Roger Loughran, who had his biggest winner in many years when Peregrine Run scored in a Cheltenham Grade Two last Friday, has spoken of how the late Dessie Hughes was "unbelievable" when the rider infamously mistook the winning post at Leopardstown aboard Central House in 2005.
Speaking to HRI's In The Stables, Loughran recalled: "Dessie was unbelievable. He put his arm around me in the parade ring, told me everything would be alright and walked me into the weighroom. I swear he never said a word about it to me again."
Henry de Bromhead is hoping to win the StanJames.com Fighting Fifth Hurdle for a second successive year after nominating Petit Mouchoir for the big race at Newcastle on November 26.
Identity Thief, which won the Fighting Fifth last year, and Ordinary World are likely to be De Bromhead's runners in the Craddockstown Novice Chase at Punchestown on Sunday.