Noel Fehily poses with Rossetti after winning in Jersey
PICTURE: Jersey Racing Club
By James Burn 11:45AM 2 JUL 2016
NOEL FEHILY, whose finest hour came when he steered Rock On Ruby to a memorable success in the Champion Hurdle in 2012, added Jersey’s equivalent to his CV at Les Landes on Friday when Rossetti recorded back-to-back wins in the race.
The eight-year-old was in the care of local champion trainer Alyson Malzard when winning the 2m1f contest under Mattie Batchelor last year, but recently joined Neil Mulholland.
He won a handicap hurdle at Stratford last month and, having won the Jersey Derby in 2014, etched his name into the Channel Island’s racing folklore.
Sent off the 4-5 favourite as a field of seven went to post, Rossetti, racing in the colours of Bob and Helene Bonney’s Sheikh A’Leg Racing, beat Cahill by a head with Batchelor, seeking a fourth consecutive victory in the race, third on the ex-Oliver Sherwood-trained Drum Valley.
Fehily was riding his first winner since returning from a back injury and Mulholland said: “I’m very happy. It was a good bit of fun and great that Noel was riding – it’s a big highlight for racing in Jersey.
“I was champion trainer over there in 2014 – the only trainer to take the title off the island – so we know what it takes.
“We won the race with The Bay Bandit 2014 and then he was second to Rossetti last year.”
Mulholland, who saddled Zarliman to finish second on the card, added: “Rossetti wants quick ground and will have a couple of runs in Britain before going back to Jersey for a valuable handicap hurdle the owners sponsor on September 11.”
British-based trainers Mick Appleby and Brendan Powell also had runners at the meeting, with Appleby’s City Ground finishing second in a 1m1f handicap under Serena Brotherton.