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Fehily in buoyant mood for Kauto Star ride

Noel Fehily would like to be back in the saddle at least a week before his intended ride on Kauto Star in the King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day.

Fehily has been the main beneficiary of Ruby Walsh's broken leg but then suffered his own misfortune at Newbury last week.

Initial reports suggested he had broken his wrist when he was unshipped from Rivaliste, but it later transpired the joint was only dislocated.

“It's a lot better than I first thought and I'm hoping I might get back for Saturday week at Cheltenham,” said Fehily.

“I've got to rest it a little bit now and I'll look at doing some physio early next week — rest, icing and trying to get the swelling down and the bruising out.

“That's the main thing for now and then I'll look at stepping it up next week and get it as well as I can.

“It's the middle of the season so fitness won't be a problem, I'll keep ticking over.

“I would definitely like to be riding a week before the King George, just to get my eye in.

“It was terrible luck. Friday night was pretty grim, I can tell you that. The doctor wasn't at all positive, and I wasn't getting great vibes off him.

“But when I went back to see him the next night he was a lot more positive and the next day I couldn't believe the news I was getting. It was brilliant.

“I'm not in pain now. I was at the time but every day it is improving, that's always a plus.

“I can't wait to be back, it's a great time of year and it's what we do it for,” he said.

Meanwhile, Bob Champion will be joined by a star cast of other retired National Hunt jockeys in the Bob Champion Aintree Legends charity race on Grand National day next year.

Champion starred in a real-life fairy story in 1981 as he recovered from testicular cancer to guide Aldaniti, who was recovering from a serious leg injury, to glory in the world's most famous steeplechase.

Joining him in the charity Flat race at Aintree on April 9 will be Grand National-winning jockeys such as Brendan Powell (1988, Rhyme ‘N' Reason), Jimmy Frost (1989, Little Polveir), Carl Llewellyn (1992, Party Politics and 1998, Earth Summit) and Tony Dobbin (1997, Lord Gyllene).

Eight-time champion jockey Peter Scudamore never won the National but will still be taking part, as will 10-time Irish champion Charlie Swan, winner of a similar race at Doncaster this year.

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