Lord Windermere (left): will now be ridden by Dougie CostelloPICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
Costello on Windermere as McNamara injured
DOUGIE COSTELLO has picked up a huge spare ride as he will replace the injured Robbie McNamara on leading Hennessy fancy Lord Windermere on Saturday.
Trainer Jim Culloty has been very positive about the chances of the seven-year-old in the lead-up to the race, but his preparations were rocked on Friday morning with McNamara breaking his collarbone.
McNamara said: "I was schooling for Dermot Weld this morning on an experienced horse. He was wrong at a hurdle and just didn't get away with it and I landed on my shoulder, breaking my collarbone.
"The timing isn't great. I actually haven't broken a bone in about three years. I should be back in the saddle in time for the Christmas racing period."
"I would love to see Lord Windermere win though. I must have ridden 25 winners for Dr Ronan Lambe [owner]. He's always stood behind me and I'd be delighted for him to win the Hennessy."
This year's RSA winner is joint-favourite in most lists with Rocky Creek, having been supported in the last few days in the wake of Culloty's comments.
The trainer said on Monday: "I think he has got a great chance and I really fancy him."