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Noel Fehily is looking to complete the Tolworth Hurdle-Supreme Novices' Hurdle double as an owner

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Noel Fehily is looking to complete the Tolworth Hurdle-Supreme Novices' Hurdle double as an owner

Noel Fehily is looking to complete the Tolworth Hurdle-Supreme Novices’ Hurdle double as an owner after securing success as a jockey on Summerville Boy… Harry Cobden races Tahmuras at Sandown in the big race

  • Noel Fehily is looking to complete the Tolworth Hurdle Supreme Novices’ double
  • Fehily completed this double as a jockey on Summerville Boy in 2018
  • Harry Cobden will race the Paul Nicholls-trained Tahmuras in the race
  • Cobden said Tahmuras ‘is clearly one of the best rookie hurdlers in this country’

Noel Fehily, who completed the Tolworth Hurdle-Supreme Novices’ Hurdle double as a jockey on Summerville Boy in 2018, is aiming to repeat the feat as an owner after Tahmuras plowed to an impressive first leg win at muddy Sandown.

Fehily, who retired from driving after two successful decades, now runs a racehorse syndicate which has already enjoyed success at the Cheltenham Festival, and the Paul Nicholls-trained Tahmuras is a 10-1 shot to give them more yet in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle.

After the Harry Cobden-ridden gelding finished two-and-a-half lengths from L’Astroboy, Fehily said: ‘He’s like Summerville Boy, a good-looking horse with a bit of quality.

Noel Fehily completed this jockey double when riding Summerville Boy (pictured) in 2018

Noel Fehily completed this jockey double when riding Summerville Boy (pictured) in 2018

‘He’s getting faster every run, which really impresses me, so roll on at Cheltenham.’

The Cobden-Nicholls combination forms a strong Festival team, which also includes Challow Hurdle winner Hermes Allen, who goes for the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle.

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Cobden said: ‘I’d be disappointed if Tahmuras didn’t finish in the top four [in the Supreme]. He’s clearly one of the best rookies blocking in this country, it’s just whether we’re good enough to take on the Irish. You never know until you look back.

‘I was amazed when I saw some of the fads that came out and I was totally obsessed with them all.’

Fehily’s syndicate colors were also carried with Harry Fry-trained Love Envoi’s victory in the Listed Mares’ Hurdle.

Love Envoi gave him his first Festival win in the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle last season and he is now a 5-1 chance to win the Mares’ Hurdle at Cheltenham in March.

Harry Cobden will race Tahmuras (left) in the race and expect big things

Harry Cobden will race Tahmuras (left) in the race and expect big things