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Monday, 10 December, 2018

Noel Fehily progressing well from Punchestown injury

Noel Fehily: hoping to be back in action in around six weeks
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Noel Fehily is recovering well from the neck fracture he suffered at Punchestown at the end of April, but it could be another six weeks before he is back in the saddle.

Fehily, who suffered a stable fracture to his C7 in a fall from the Oliver Sherwood-trained Got Away, said: "I've been for a scan and I've seen Michael Foy at the Ridgeway Hospital at Swindon. He says it's improving and I've been able to get rid of the collar now and so  can start some physio."

He added: "We are pretty much on schedule as I expected to have the collar for six to eight weeks, but it's likely to be another six weeks or so before I'm riding now. It was frustrating missing May, but it's quieter now and I'm not missing much."

Funeral of Welsh National winner Yardley

The funeral of former Welsh National winning trainer George Yardley, who has died aged 84, will be held at the Church of St Mary The Virgin, Madresfield, near Malvern at 11am on June 28.

Yardley was training under permit when he won the Welsh National in 1973 with Deblin's Green, who two years earlier had won Cheltenham's National Hunt Chase. He also saddled Deblin's Green to finish second in the 1974 Welsh National, and was second again in the race in 1981 with the mare Royal Russe, who was beaten only by Peaty Sandy.

As an amateur rider he had ridden some 50 winners in point-to-points, including 18 on Gelderland, who was quite famous in point-to-pointing circles.

Yardley leaves a wife Sheila, daughters Alison and Sue, and a son Henry. Donations please to the Injured Jockeys Fund and Parkinson's UK.


Rajasinghe out for season

Last year’s Coventry Stakes hero Rajasinghe will not be seen on the track again in 2018, trainer Richard Spencer has revealed.

Rajasinghe broke the juvenile track record when winning at Royal Ascot but failed to sparkle in the 2,000 Guineas, since when a problem has come to light. He will not be seen at Royal Ascot this year in either the Commonwealth Cup or the Jersey stakes, two races which Spencer had been targeting.

Spencer said: "We are obviously disappointed not to be heading back to Royal Ascot with Rajasinghe, but we have a strong team heading there nonetheless."

Work to start on Peter O'Sullevan House

Work will start on June 25 on Peter O'Sullevan House, the Injured Jockeys Fund's third rehabilitation and fitness centre, located at the British Racing School in Newmarket. It is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2019.

Lisa Hancock, chief executive of the IJF, said: "Starting work on Peter O’Sullevan House is a massive milestone as it completes the trio of IJF rehabilitation centres across the country.

"We are absolutely delighted that the project is in Newmarket in the grounds of the British Racing School as this will mean jockeys can benefit from the resource and support that we can offer them from the very beginning of their careers until the end.

"We have some very loyal supporters who have backed the project from the early stages – in particular The Peter O’Sullevan Charitable Trust, The Thompson Family Charitable Trust and the Racing Foundation – but we will need more support for the next 18 months and beyond."

Members of the public who donate over £100 will be allocated a horse shoe in recognition of their support that will be used in the creation of a Horse Shoe Sculpture in the grounds of the centre.

This sculpture, created by Tom Hill, will be made up of approximately 800 shoes worn by racehorses from the Newmarket yards and supplied and donated by the towns racing farriers, trainers and owners.

New chairmen appointed at Cheltenham, Huntingdon and Kempton

Martin St Quinton will succeed Robert Waley-Cohen as chairman at Cheltenham at the end of the 2018-19 jumps season.

The Jockey Club has also appointed Julian Taylor to take over from Paul Taiano as chairman at Huntingdon from January 1 and Richard Fuller to succeed Nick Mustoe at Kempton from the same date.

St Quinton, a well-known owner who has enjoyed Cheltenham Festival success with Coulton, Urubande and Monkerhostin, is chairman and owner of Gloucester Rugby Club and joins the Cheltenham Racecourse Committee with immediate effect.

He chaired the funding committee which oversaw the £45 million redevelopment of the Princess Royal Stand at Cheltenham and currently has horses with Oliver Sherwood and Emma Lavelle.

Taylor is currently a racecourse committee director at Huntingdon and a partner and former board member of Millers Insurance Services LLP. He is also a successful racehorse owner and has horses in training with Venetia Williams, Harry Fry and Henry de Bromhead.

Fuller is a director at Fuller’s Brewery and currently a racecourse committee director at Kempton. A graduate of Harvard Business School, he became chairman of the Point-to-Point Racing Company in January, having previously been chairman of the Point-to-Point Owners and Riders Association.

He has Mon Parrain with Kim Smyly and other horses in the winter with Jamie Snowden. He also breeds and trains point-to-point horses at home.

Roger Weatherby, Jockey Club senior steward, said: "I am very much looking forward to working with Martin, Julian and Richard in their new roles next year. They have already made valuable contributions to our sport and I know their passion and zest for racing, combined with their expertise and professional experience, will help the Jockey Club to thrive in 2019 and beyond.

"These positions require a significant amount of personal time and dedication and I take this opportunity to thank both our outgoing and incoming chairmen for their dedication and enthusiasm."

It's improving and I've been able to get rid of the collar now and so can start some physio
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