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Trio of trainers all set for York Races showdown
A TRIO of North Yorkshire trainers will battle it out over the final two days of the season in their bid to be crowned the king of York Racecourse.
Nawton’s David O’Meara, Malton’s Richard Fahey and Hambleton’s Kevin Ryan lock horns to become the track’s top trainer as racing on Knavesmire in 2013 comes to a close tomorrow and on Saturday.
O’Meara leads the way with ten winners but will not be resting on his laurels after Musley Bank-based Fahey, who has won the trophy for the last seven years, produced a miracle comeback 12 months ago to hold on to his crown.
A treble of winners, the final victory coming in the last race of the year through Bridle Belle, saw him pip Great Habton’s Tim Easterby last October.
Fahey trails O’Meara by three on seven winners, while, Ryan, based at Sutton Bank, has recorded eight over the course of the campaign.
Newmarket’s William Haggas is also on seven victories.
O’Meara has a string of runners tomorrow, the opening stanza of the two-day Countryside Meeting.
He has made no secret of his desire to grab the York honours and it would be yet another accolade in a spectacular season for the former National Hunt jockey.
So far this season, the Arthington Barn Stables handler has recorded 125 Flat winners – nearly double his 2012 total of 69.
Fahey meanwhile, has strong chances on the first York day with the likes of Rangi Chase and Royal Connoisseur.
The highlight of tomorrow’s card is the £25,000 This Isn’t The ‘Stan James Champion Hurdle’ over a mile, while Saturday’s card plays host to the Listed coral.co.uk Rockingham Stakes and the £75,000 Coral Sprint Trophy, which is run over six furlongs.
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