Richard Fahey equals record of 235 winners in calendar year

Richard Fahey equalled retired trainer Richard Hannon snr’s record of 235 winners in a calendar year thanks to a Lingfield double through Gabrial The Hero and Luis Vaz De Torres.

Luis Vaz De Torres (5-1) secured that important landmark victory in the Daily Price Boosts At Unibet Handicap.

The three-year-old was ridden by Tony Hamilton, who had chalked up 100 winners for in a season for the first time when successful on Gabrial The Hero in the two-mile 32RedSport.com Handicap.

Always appearing to be travelling better than anything else, Gabrial The Hero (7-1) stormed into the lead in the straight when given his head, but was all out to hold the late challenge of Cotton Club by a neck.

Fahey said: “It’s grand. I can’t believe it. It’s a huge amount of winners, but I’ve got a good team behind me.

“Tony’s reached 100 winners, so it’s a good day for everybody.

“It would be great if we could beat the record.

“We’ll be trying anyway.”

Fahey has three runners at Southwell today as he goes in pursuit of the outright record.

Jockey Pat Cosgrave also sealed his first century when steering home 20-1 shot Storm Ahead for Marcus Tregoning in the 32Red.com/British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes.

  • Sizing John will head straight for the Cheltenham Festival after being once again put in his place by the brilliant Douvan at Leopardstown on Boxing Day.

Henry de Bromhead’s charge found the Willie Mullins-trained Douvan too strong on three occasions over hurdles, but after impressing on his first two starts over fences, connections hoped he might be able to turn the tables in the Racing Post Novice Chase.

However, Douvan barely came off the bridle in beating his old rival by 18 lengths and given he is already an odds-on favourite for the Arkle Trophy in March, De Bromhead could consider the longer JLT Novices’ Chase for his charge.

He said: “Douvan did to him exactly what he did on heavy ground at Gowran last year. I haven’t taught him (Sizing John) how to swim yet!

“In fairness to the horse, he jumped brilliant and showed real heart to keep going.”

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