Friday 15 November 2019

Bengali Boys too hot for sprint rivals

Barry McHugh riding Bengali Boys yesterday. Photo: Getty Images
Barry McHugh riding Bengali Boys yesterday. Photo: Getty Images

Bengali Boys routed the opposition to give Richard Fahey a third win in the £200,000 Weatherbys Super Sprint in five years at Newbury.

One of five runners for the Malton handler, which also included the well-backed favourite Maggies Angel, there was only one horse in it from some way out.

With two furlongs to run, Barry McHugh kicked him into a clear advantage and he drew further and further clear, with the 12/1 chance winning by six lengths. Declarationoflove stayed on to take second for Tom Clover, with Maggies Angel eventually picking up third place.

Fahey won the valuable prize in 2012 with Peniaphobia and Lathom two years ago.

McHugh said: "He'd go again, what a star of a horse he is, to travel in that ground and win like he did. I came down with Richard in the car and I was worried about the filly (Maggies Angel), but this lad has tightened up a hell of a lot since his break and he wasn't a no hoper.

"This is what it's all about for owners now, to get one at a reasonable price and win a pot like this - it pays for his way and a few others."

Fahey said: "It looks like he likes that ground. He'd been working well and had some solid form. It's a race we target every year, and we've won it three out of the last five now.

"I said the day we bought him, he'd win the Weatherbys Super Sprint, it's not often you can say that."

Bengali Boys, who was bought for just €11,000, is now likely to be upped in class.

"He was really impressive, he didn't look like he was going to get beat at any stage," said Fahey.

"The soft ground has helped him, we thought it would, but you don't know until you run them on it.

"The handicapper will obviously have a say. I've no concrete plans at this stage, but I guess we'll be looking at a Listed or Group race for him next."

Meanwhile, jockeys across Britain yesterday sported black armbands, as they joined racegoers and officials in paying their respects to Stephen Yarborough, the stalls handler who was fatally injured at Haydock on Friday.

Yarborough was in his role as team leader at the Merseyside course when he was involved in an accident with the starting stalls before the running of the fourth race, which was scheduled for 3.30pm. An air ambulance was called and the remainder of the meeting was abandoned. It was later announced that Yarborough had died as a result of his injuries.

Veteran rider Franny Norton was at Ripon, where he said: "Those guys put their lives on the line for us every day. They are without doubt the unsung heroes of our game, they never get enough credit.

"It's very sad. I've needed their help on numerous occasions and they dive in to help without a thought for themselves. You know you are in safe hands with them and it's tragic this has happened. You can only send your condolences."

Tony Hamilton added: "It's just so sad, I knew him well.

"They do such a great job those lads, without them our lives would be much more difficult.

James Hutchinson, clerk of the course at Ripon, said: "The stalls handlers do an immense job and it is hugely important what they do.

"We simply wouldn't be able to function without them, their role might not be celebrated, but it is crucial. All we can do at this time is send our condolences to his family and friends.

"The stalls handlers deal with some very tricky horses on a daily basis."

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