Cawley nets third win since switching to Britain

Financial Climate ridden by Leighton Aspell wins the Novice's Hurdle Race at Fontwell
Financial Climate ridden by Leighton Aspell wins the Novice's Hurdle Race at Fontwell
The start of racing on Washout Wednesday / Picture by Malcolm Wells

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Alain Cawley rode his third winner since moving to Britain at Fontwell yesterday.

The Galway-born jockey – a former champion conditional – had a fruitful association with Paul Nolan and even partnered the giant Joncol to victory in the 2010 Irish Hennessy.

But he moved to Martin Keighley’s Gloucestershire yard last month and had made an instant impact deputising for the injured Ian Popham.

Cawley partnered Always Bold to victory in West Sussex on November 13 – and the duo teamed up again to win the Chris Fagan 50th Birthday Celebration Handicap Hurdle at 11/4 yesterday.

The rider, known as ‘Squeak’ in the weighing room, said: ‘So far, so good.

‘Ian Popham is on the sidelines at the moment – it’s his job at Martin’s – but I’m trying to make the most of it while I can.

‘I’m loving it here, I had a winner on my first ride and I couldn’t ask for better.

‘It was hard to move away from Joncol and (smart hurdler) Shinrock Paddy but there are more opportunities here than in Ireland.’

The Oliver Sherwood-trained Financial Climate won the opener – the Novices’ Hurdle – justifying 7/4 favouritism.

Jamie Moore helped end Oncle Kid’s 40-race losing streak as he steered Paul Henderson’s charge to a 12/1 victory in the Village Marquees Handicap Chase.

Andy Turnell’s 7/2-favourite Sablazo was another maiden to get off the mark, dominating the chancelloroftheformchecker Raceday – 27th January Novices’ Handicap Chase.

Curragh Dancer subdued the threat of 8/11 favourite Ede’s to win the Betfair Training Series Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Chase at 5/2.

Brendan Powell rode his fifth winner over obstacles on 2/1-shot Southway Star in the Global Technologies Racing Ltd ‘Composites’ Fontwell Handicap Hurdle.

And Evan Williams’ pointing recruit Hold Court was well worth his position as 1/2 favourite in the Arundel Equine Hospital bumper, winning by two lengths.