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Kevin Philippart de Foy: saddles first runner at Wolverhampton on Sunday
By David Milnes
UPDATED 10:42AM, NOV 22 2020
James Fanshawe’s former assistant Kevin Philippart de Foy will break new floor when he saddles his first runner as a coach at Wolverhampton on Sunday.
The 29 year-old Belgian, who spent 5 years as understudy at Pegasus Stables, is working out of Newmarket yard Machell Place, the place he will begin off with 25 horses.
De Foy’s possibilities of making a profitable begin to his new profession have been performed no favours as his consultant Golden Cygnet, whom he additionally owns, should break from the widest attract stall 12 in division one of many 1m½f handicap (4.30).
De Foy, who rode the mighty Treve throughout his time with Criquette Head, mentioned: “It is nice to be getting began and most of our older horses will likely be working on the all-weather because the plan is to get some winners on the board this winter.
“It is a powerful time to be beginning out, however the plan has all the time been to start out coaching earlier than I used to be 30 and I’ve caught to it. Hopefully, house owners will usually get a greater time subsequent yr with Covid-19 and can be capable of come alongside to our beautiful yard, which has 37 huge packing containers and has been refurbished by proprietor Colin Murfitt.”
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De Foy’s Machell Place stables has housed racehorses since 1884
After leaving his native Belgium, De Foy hung out with Head earlier than going to the US to behave as understudy to Christophe Clement. The latter then set him up with a job with Fanshawe, whose earlier assistants embrace Charlie Fellowes.
As for his possibilities of getting off the mark on the first time of asking, De Foy added: “I have been to Wolverhampton sufficient occasions to know stall 12 out of the seven-furlong chute is just not the perfect draw. Hopefully Golden Cygnet can run a pleasant first race for us and choose up a win over the approaching few weeks.”
The three-year-old, who was bred by the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall and has but to attain from 4 outings, shares a reputation with probably the most well-known hurdlers in historical past.
Vincent O’Brien described the Edward O’Grady-trained star as the perfect hurdler he had ever seen after victory within the 1978 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham prolonged his unbeaten file over hurdles to 6.
However a month later Golden Cygnet’s good profession got here to a tragic finish after he suffered a deadly fall on the final flight within the Scottish Champion Hurdle at Ayr when upsides Evening Nurse.
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FIRST PUBLISHED 8:00AM, NOV 22 2020