Draw costs Ribchester chance of victory in final race
RICHARD FAHEY paid tribute to his four-time Group One winner Ribchester after his stable star’s fifth place finish in the Breeders Cup Mile in America.
The four-year-old, who is being retired to stud, paid the price for an unfavourable wide draw on the tight Del Mark track and had little luck in running.
The race went to home favourite World Approval with a blanket finish for the minor places that saw Suedois, from the North Yorkshire yard of David O’Meara, just pip Ribchester for fourth.
“Horses like this don’t come along very often, he’s been a wonderful racehorse and this was the place to bring him for his last run,” said a phlegmatic Fahey, who trains at Malton.
“He’s an absolute superstar, a wonderful horse to us and the Godolphin team. He’s tough, very quick and I’m sure he’ll make a super stallion. There’s a little regret, as it’s the first time he’s been out of the money all year. It’s about winning, but he’ll make a fantastic stallion.”
Earlier Ribchester’s rider William Buick celebrated a longawaited Breeders’ Cup winner when Wuheida struck in the Filly & Mare Turf for Charlie Appleby thanks to a fine tactical ride.
This race owed him. He was incolsolable after The Fugue’s defeat in the 2013 contest. This victory came just weeks after he suffered spinal injuries at Arlington when Mark Johnston’s Permian came to grief.
“I can’t explain it, it means everything to me,” he said. “I’ve had plenty of goes and not been successful, so it means everything. My feelings are ones of joy.”