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Noel Fehily seizes new challenge

By Martin Kelly

Trainer Charlie Longsdon's association with jockey Noel Fehily has reached an end on what have been described as "amicable terms".

The jockey has been increasingly required to ride for leading owner Jared Sullivan.

The 39-year-old has been stable jockey to Longsdon for three years and the pair have combined for 110 winners since joining forces at the start of the 2012-13 season.

However Fehily has increasingly been used by Sullivan's Potensis Bloodstock in recent campaigns and enjoyed notable success with the likes of dual William Hill King George VI Chase winner Silviniaco Conti and Bitofapuzzle, who are part-owned by Chris Giles.

Longsdon said: "Noel has a contract with (Jared Sullivan's Potensis) which has made it difficult for us to continue our partnership and it's ended on totally amicable terms.

"We'll still be using Noel on occasions when he is available.

"For the most part this summer and autumn it will be a case of the yard using the best jockey available, and we'll take a look at the situation before the core (jumps) season gets under way in October."

Successes for Longsdon and Fehily included Ely Brown's win in the 2014 Grade Two Towton Novices Chase at Wetherby and Kilcooley's win in the Grade Two National Spirit Hurdle in 2015.

Meanwhile, Wetherby's stabling limit has been reached for its historic first Flat meeting tomorrow.

A total of 241 entries were received on Monday for the inaugural card and by yesterday morning when the 7f maiden divided, maximum fields were declared in all eight races as the course can only accommodate 91 horses. There were 67 eliminations for the fixture.

Wetherby chief executive Jonjo Sanderson said: "It is tremendous to receive such strong support from owners and trainers for the inaugural Flat fixture at Wetherby.

"We have a slightly mixed forecast this weekend, but hopefully the sun will be shining on Sunday for what, we anticipate, will be an exciting and historic day's racing here."

The only other racing in Britain tomorrow is a seven-race card at Chelmsford.

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