Draw costs Ribch­ester chance of vic­tory in fi­nal race

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - RACING - TOM RICH­MOND

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.”

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