Aidan Coleman lands Stayers Hurdle while Noel Fehily hints at retirement

March 14th, 2019 3:41 PM

By Southern Star Team

Aidan Coleman landed his second ever Festival success

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Aidan Coleman partnered favourite Paisley Park to land the feature race on day three of the Festival

Innishannon jockey Aidan Coleman was the star of the show on day three of the Cheltenham Festival landing the Grade 1 Stayers Hurdle on board Paisley Park.

Trained by Emma Lavelle, Paisley Park was the hot favourite for the feature race of the day in Gloucstershire. 

Paisley Park was a comfortable winner in the end but there was a hairy moment for favourite backers as he clipped the final hurdle.

The win is Coleman's first at the Festival since steering Kayf Aramis to victory in the Pertemps Final in 2009.

His first ever Grade 1 win came in December when he partnered Paisley Park to win the Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot.

Castletownkenneigh rider Noel Fehily was also in action at the Cotswold venue on Thursday and speaking to Racing TV he announced that he is to retire in the coming weeks.

'It's time to let the young ones get on with it,' the former Champion Hurdle-winning rider said in an emotional interview which can be seen below.

Fehily was speaking following his win on board 50-1 shot Eglantine Du Seuil for trainer Willie Mullins in the Mares Hurdle. 


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