Fahey sets sights on trip to Longchamp for July Cup hero Mayson
CO LOUTH native Richard Fahey is weighing up a trip to Paris for his Mayson after the sprinter gave the trainer and jockey Paul Hanagan their first Group One success in England on Saturday.
An unconsidered 20/1 shot, Mayson left his more fancied rivals floundering in the mud as he galloped to glory in Newmarket's July Cup. Fahey's charge dominated throughout to finish five lengths clear of The Cheka, and the Yorkshire-based trainer is now looking at the Prix de l'Abbaye at Longchamp in October.
"We thought he was very good, but it went wrong at York when he got his leg stuck in the stalls and it was unraceable at Newcastle -- you put your foot on the track and water was coming through," Fahey said. "The Nunthorpe at York and the Sprint Cup at Haydock are possibles, but the one definite target is the Prix de l'Abbaye."
The race was a bad one for three Irish invaders, as Aidan O'Brien's Reply finished last of 12, David Marnane's Dandy Boy was just three places in front of him, while David Wachman's Fire Lily was seventh.
A rugged performance was required from Olympic Glory to reach the top of the podium by a head from Birdman in the Superlative Stakes. It was the fourth time the juvenile Group Two has been landed by Richard Hannon, whose runner had posted an excellent second to Dawn Approach in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Hannon's son, Richard junior, said: "You'd have to start thinking about the Dewhurst and maybe the Vintage Stakes at Goodwood."
At Southwell yesterday, Brendan Powell junior escaped serious injury following a crushing fall in the handicap chase.
The young rider, who only on Friday rode a winner for the queen on the Flat at Newmarket, was knocked unconscious after coming to grief from The Lemonpie, trained by his father, Brendan.
Powell was taken to hospital by ambulance but was later released and tweeted: "Thanks for all your concerned tweets, a bit sore and a bit of a headache, but nothing broken!! #thankgod".
Racing was initially delayed for an hour while the ambulance returned to the track, but a further delay ensued when both ambulances encountered problems back at Southwell. The 2.40 race eventually got off at just before 4.05.