O’Brien in first Grade One win
Trainer Fergal O’Brien was victorious in \ Grade One for the first ever time on Saturday as Poetic Rhythm won at Newbury.
In a tense race, Poetic Rhythm was in second behind Mulcahys Hill, a horse notorious for enjoying heavy surfaces, going into the last fence and both of them jumped over it cleanly together.
However, O’Brien’s horse, ridden by Paddy Brennan, was just able to stretch his legs and win by the closest of margins to take the Betfred Challow Novices’ Hurdle at Newbury, and the Irishman was thrilled with his victory.
"That's our first Grade 1 and I'm over the moon, obviously. We had one run not so well at Haydock and one or two have been quiet, but when the chips are down you want 'George' on your side,” O’Brien told the Racing Post.
"He's just so tough and I thought Adrian rode a great race on the second horse. He put everyone to the sword but we had the right horse and jockey on our side and they really dug deep."
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