Farrelly shows a Master's touch with double for Pipe
YOUNG Dublin jockey Johnny Farrelly made the most of a suspension to Tom Scudamore with a double at Plumpton yesterday that included the £20,000 At The Races Sussex National.
It is not long before Farrelly loses his 3lb claim but a few more rides like his effort on David Pipe's Master Overseer in the three-miles-five-furlong feature should ensure he remains in demand.
Master Overseer (9/2) is now unbeaten in three handicaps this season but is hardly the most fleet-footed of individuals and it was simply a combination of his stamina and the determination of his pilot that saw him deprive 100/30 favourite Tarquinius in a terrific finish.
"He's not the quickest but he keeps galloping and it probably wasn't soft enough for him. He only gets going after about three miles really," said Pipe.
"It looked like he would win, but it's a long way in this ground and there's always one that comes out of the pack. But he came up out of Johnny's hands at the last and he still had a bit in the tank.
"We'll get him back and see how he is, he's won over four miles in point-to-points so that trip wouldn't be a problem. He's qualified for the four-miler (at Cheltenham) so we'll take that into consideration but he's best on soft."
Farrelly, who got a one-day careless riding ban (January 17), added: "I've got two more with my claim, and then I'll retire!
"With Tom suspended, it fills you with confidence when they give you the rides and I'm really grateful to the owners and Mr Pipe. It wasn't a fantastic ride, I just had to keep pushing and shoving."
Pipe's other winner Notus De La Tour (7/2) could well become a lively outsider when the weather has relented at the festival meetings.
A recent purchase from a French claimer, he skipped away from 4/11 favourite Ranjobaie in the opening novices' hurdle.
Stan James offer 33/1 for the Triumph Hurdle and Pipe added: "I was impressed with him as the second is a decent horse. We haven't had him that long, we've liked him from day one and he's confirmed it today. I'm sure you'll see lots more of him."
Liam Treadwell, celebrating his 24th birthday, nearly came off Nomecheki (3/1) at the penultimate fence of the novices' chase, then lost an iron at the last but still managed to galvanise his mount to short-head I Have Dreamed.
Nomecheki qualified for the £60,000 SIS bonus should he score at Cheltenham and trainer Nick Gifford said: "I hope he'll be all right tomorrow as he sort of did the splits at the second-last, I think it was just the ground.
"He's a gassy horse but settled much better today. We'll stay small for the moment but you'd certainly like to think he might end up somewhere in March."
Stoney's Treasure (11/4) and Robert Thornton made it two from two over timber in the staying novices' hurdle. "There's a lot to like about this horse. I was surprised how well he picked up last time at Lingfield off a slow pace. He's all right," said Thornton.
Leighton Aspell helped Richard Rowe regain a winning flow on Near The Water (9/2) in the handicap hurdle while in-form handler Chris Gordon plundered the handicap chase over two and a half miles through Senor Shane (9/2).
Noel Chance proved he had not lost his touch with a bumper horse as Brackloon High (15/8) collected in style for the former Curragh-based trainer.
Meanwhile, Kauto Star's half brother Kauto Relko is reported to be on the mend after his fall at Cork on Saturday.
Owned by Graham Roach of Viking Flagship fame, the Liam Burke-trained gelding had won impressively last time out and inevitably there was plenty of talk about him prior to his run in the McCarthy Insurance Group Hurdle.
However, despite cutting out the running for most of the race, he was a spent force when he came down at the second-last but lives to fight another day.
The race was won by Jessica Harrington's Bostons Angel, sent off the outsider of three at 4/1. "Bostons Angel was doing nothing the whole way around and never picked up the bit at any stage -- that's just the way he is and he won't change," said Harrington.