Easydoesit as evergreen Fehily completes his maiden century
PROOF that jump-jockeys get better with age was in evidence at Doncaster, where the long-serving Noel Fehily recorded his first century of winners in a season.
The evergreen Co Cork native has been in superb form all winter, helped greatly by avoiding serious injury. He reached the 100-winner milestone yesterday with victory on Easydoesit in the novice handicap hurdle at Town Moor.
Fehily sent the 12/1 outsider into the lead between the last two flights and Tony Carroll's gelding pulled away to score by five lengths from long-time leader Ergo Sum.
"I'm delighted. I've had a great run of it and I'm been very lucky riding for Charlie Longsdon all year, his horses have been absolutely flying," Fehily explained.
"I rode 89 winners a few years back. That was my best season. I thought I'd get to 100, but not in January. It's always nice to have some nice horses to ride as well, Silviniaco Conti won the King George and we'll look forward to him now in the Gold Cup and see if he can do the business there."
Meanwhile, entries for the first £1m Grand National at Aintree on April 5 close at noon on Tuesday.
New sponsors Crabbies, taking over from John Smith's, have ensured the world-famous race has by far the highest prize money on offer for a National Hunt event outside of Japan.
Last year's Grand National was witnessed by a sell-out crowd of 70,000 at Aintree, and by over 600 million people worldwide.
Clerk of the course Andrew Tulloch said: "It is very exciting to have reached this landmark figure. It means the winning horse will receive £561,300, which is more than the total prize money in 2002."
Trainer Richard Lee intends to run Welsh Grand National hero Mountainous.