Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Fehily lands Kauto ride

Noel Fehily will ride Kauto Star as he bids to make record in the William Hill King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day. Regular rider Ruby Walsh is missing with a broken leg as Paul Nicholls' star bids for an unprecedented fifth victory in the showpiece and a host of big-name jockeys had been linked with the mount.

However Fehily has been riding regular winner for the champion trainer and his presentation aboard Master Minded at Ascot on Saturday persuaded connections he was the man for the job.

Writing in his exclusive column at, the trainer said: "I am relieved to be able to tell you that we have made a decision on who rides Kauto Star at Kempton on Boxing Day.

"I have literally just put the phone down to Clive Smith and Noel Fehily takes the ride on Boxing Day.