Fin’s 118/1 treble on memorable day at Sedgefield
Our 23 year old conditional jockey Finian O’Toole (below) chalked up the first treble of his fledgling career as he produced top class rides to win the three handicap chases at Sedgefield ths afternoon aboard Oscar O’Scar (100/30), Verko (7/4) and Roxyfet (9/1).
Prior to today, Galway born Fin was yet to ride a double but he put that right in spectacular fashion as he stole the show at the Durham track with a trio of perfectly judged hold up rides, starting with eight year old Oscar O’Scar off top weight in the extended 2m3f handicap chase.
Oscar O’Scar had finished in the frame on all three of his runs for us prior to today, most recently on his chasing debut over two miles at Catterick three weeks ago, and today’s extra distance proved to be just what he needed to shed his maiden tag at the seventeenth attempt as he decisively reversed Catterick form with Discoverie, surging clear of the favourite after the second last and coasting home with sixteen lengths to spare.
Verko had rattled up a hat trick over fences towards the end of last year and had lost little in defeat the last twice, we’d hoped that David Green’s ex Irish pointer might be capable of pulling out a bit more off his current mark and he didn’t disappoint us but he left it late in the 2m5f contest as he reeled in his main market rival Finea coming down to the last and stayed on gamely up the hill to win by a length.
Richard Ball’s Roxyfet (above) took an alarming drift in the betting and was sent off at 9/1 for the concluding two mile handicap chase, but our six year old Califet gelding was always travelling eyecatchingly well and he won decisively to round off a fantastic afternoon for the yard.
The writing was on the wall for the pacesetting Victor Thompson trained pair Duhallowcountry and Gin Cobbler as Roxyfet was running all over them at the top of the hill and he cruised to the front on the run down to the last, going on to win by nine lengths under his ecstatic young rider.
“I had four good rides today and obviously I was delighted to get one winner on the board,” Fin said later. “The next thing, I’m riding my first double. And then a treble, unbelievable. I’m still buzzing!”
Fin showed maturity beyond his years as he gave all three of our chasers perfectly judged hold up rides, and the Yorkshire Post were quick to acknowledge the potential of our Galway born conditional, reporting that Fin is keen to follow in the footsteps of his hero, Irish champion jockey Davy Russell, who served his apprenticeship just up the road with Ferdy Murphy in West Witton.
“I was an amateur rider in Ireland and just kept tipping away,” Fin told the Post. “I was coming to 21 and nothing was happening. I decided to pull my finger out, get my weight in check, give it a proper go and see I can make it. I’m quite tall. I’m 5ft 11ins so I do lots of running and go the gym. I have to keep telling myself that I am an athlete.
“It’s a positive yard and going well in every respect.”
Assistant trainer Gemma is also full of praise for the young Irishman, as well as the whole team here at Oakwood. “Finian is a super chase jockey,” says Gem. “Our team of staff and horses are super, and we couldn’t be prouder of them all.”
It goes without saying that plenty of jockeys go through their entire careers without riding a treble so we’re very proud of Fin for his achievement today, he’s a fantastic prospect and a really hard working lad who deserves his success and will ride many, many more winners.
Thanks to Alex Royal for the pics from Sedgefield.