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Fahy's blossoming talent so easy to detect on Kylladdie; KEMPTON.

Byline: Paul Eacott

PLENTY of punters were trying to figure out who would win the Silver Blaze Wessex Cup but the puzzle proved elementary for members of the Sherlock Holmes Society of London as the race sponsors had their card marked successfully by their guest of honour Sir Peter O'Sullevan. Although not all of the 1,000-strong membership were on hand for this first running of the contest named after the equine hero in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Holmes story The Adventure Of Silver Blaze, plenty were and they were pleased to hand over the trophy to owner Phil Walter after 7-2 chance Kylladdie had got up late on under rising apprentice star John Fahy, who rode out his 7lb claim in the process.

"He just got outpaced early and then he was running on at the line so maybe a step up to six would suit him," said Fahy.

The 19-year-old started his career at John Oxx's and, after a stint with Ralph Beckett, has ended up with Clive Cox for whom he partnered Den's Gift to a two-and-a-quarter-length win in the Jubilee Handicap to complete a 481/2-1 double.

"John has ridden him perfectly.

I'm delighted to have him on the team - he has got lots of confidence and he is a natural talent," said Cox, who is contemplating the final of the London Mile here in September with the six-year-old.

Adrian McCarthy was banned for three days (May 17-19) after being found guilty of careless riding on board Micky's Knock Off in the race won by Kylladdie.

The morning plunge on Udabaa proved to be well placed as Richard Hills edged past Frankie Dettori on board Advertisement late on in the first division of the 1m maiden to score by a cosy half a length at 8-13, having been freely available at odds against first thing.

Hills, however, was not overly impressed. He said: "He was very lazy and he made me do all the work. He's a stayer - the further he goes the better he will be."

The winner's time was much slower than that of Eton Forever, who landed the second division in taking fashion for Sultan Ahmad Shah, Michael Jarvis and Neil Callan to earn quotes of 50-1 for the Investec Derby from Victor Chandler.

Roger Varian, representing the winning trainer, was not getting too carried away though, saying: "He's won a mile maiden on the Polytrack, we'll see how he comes out of it and when Michael speaks to the owner we'll work out which route to take."

Callan was completing a 151/2-1 double, having earlier taken the 2m handicap on board course specialist Coda Agency, who could go novice chasing next, according to trainer David Arbuthnot.

Two days after he sent out Dick Turpin to finish second and Canford Cliffs third in the Stan 2,000 Guineas, runners from the Richard Hannon stable were again filling the podium positions, although this time in the Kempton juvenile maiden that was won by the Bill Turner-trained Lord Avon.

The opening 1m2f handicap went the way of Inch Lodge, Debbie Mountain and Saleem Golam, while the closing 6f fillies' handicap was won by Fergus Sweeney on board the John Jenkins-trained Ray Of Joy.

Star performance John Fahy illustrated why Clive Cox rates him so highly as the apprentice rode his first double Quote of the day "He's by that famous sprinter Agnes World, yet if there was a race over four and a half miles on the Flat he'd win it; all he does is gallop" - David Arbuthnot on Coda Agency's victory Which debutant impressed in a maiden that looks sure to throw up winners? Results and analysis start page 92
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:May 4, 2010
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