“There are no fairy tales in the race” – McPherson has no luck with the last runner | Horse racing news
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Graeme McPherson to team up with Fergal O’Brien from Friday
Graeme McPherson envisioned a fairytale end to his training career, but a blunder at the penultimate hurdle of late runner Eyeofthescorpion cruelly shattered his dream.
The 7-2 second favorite seemed to be moving well over the 2m5f handicap obstacle, but made his mistake at a crucial point in the race as Crystal Gazing took the win.
Starting Friday, McPherson will formally partner with Fergal O’Brien to control the operational side of the training business. He relishes the new role, even if the departure party was somewhat spoiled.
McPherson said: “It was bad luck. I thought it was going to be a fairytale ending, but there was a mistake on the second to last and Kielan lost his shackles. He has very, very well done to sit down to be fair He came back as strong as he could but the race was over There are no fairy tales in the race.
“People keep asking me if I’m sad about today, and kinda I am, but excitement overwhelms him. It’s a huge new chapter.”
While Eyeofthescorpion disappoints, Crystal Gazing and Nico de Boinville benefit from a remarkable stroke of luck.
The horse was out on the track last week, forcing De Boinville to be retired and subsequently miss a winning race in the next race. Crystal Gazing was much simpler here and continued to beat Breaking Waves from a length.
The jockey said: “As far as I’m concerned, I was crossing the obstacle last week, but she had other ideas. It was one of those weird things. Horses have their own mind and I don’t think so. not that she really imagined it. Luckily she left and won a nice prize here, which is fantastic. “
There was an exciting conclusion to the 2m novice handicap pursuit with battle-hardened Beyond The Clouds, fending off the smart prospect Any News and Friend Or Foe in a tight finish.
It was the first of two winners of the day for Charlie Longsdon, who also hit with smart hope Lyrical Genius in the bumper.
“I didn’t hide from the boys that I’ve always loved him,” Longsdon said of the four-year-old. “He’s not a shock horse and we’ll probably go over hurdles now. He has a great attitude and being only four years old, we won’t rush him.”
Martin Keighley gave the Back On The Lash star star an unusual preparation ahead of Cheltenham, with his regular rider Beth Whittle who was lucky enough to take part in the 1m5f charity race.
The seven-year-old, who has had three jumps victories this season, has stood up to Across The Line, ridden by Tiggy Vale-Titterton, at the finish and will aim for the 2m4f novice pursuit on October 22.
Keighley also hit with Found On in the 2m Mares Handicap obstacle.
James Davies received a nine-day ban for using his whip above the permitted level in his victory over Fat Sam in the 2m4f handicap pursuit.
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FIRST PUBLISHED AT 6:00 PM, SEPTEMBER 30, 2021