FLYING HIGH; O'Neill Goes on the Attack at Doncaster

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FLYING HIGH; O'Neill Goes on the Attack at Doncaster


Byline: COLIN MACKENZIE

ONLY 10 miles from Sherwood Forest, where legendary Robin Hood terrorised the local gentry, a young trainer is planning some wealth redistribution of his own.

Trainer Eoghan O'Neill, 35, Dublin-born and educated at the training academies of Robert Collet, Sir Mark Prescott and John Gosden, has the impressive total of 28 winners at a strike rate of 22 per cent in his first season at Averham Park, near Newark.

The father of three was headhunted by millionaire retired businessman John Fretwell to transform his hobby owning racehorses into a successful business.

Just 14 months into the job O'Neill is succeeding beyond his and Fretwell's most ambitious dreams.

The idea is to win with twoyearolds as early as possible with the policy of selling them on. Almost all the 28 horses left in training - some have already been sold - are on the market.

But before Pickett and Memphis Man leave the yard they have an engagement in tomorrow's [pounds sterling]300,000 St Leger Yearling Stakes at Doncaster and O'Neill expects a one-two from a duo who make up part of a formidable challenge at the St Leger meeting.

He said: 'I think Pickett is the highest rated in the race.We have kept him for Doncaster since his second to Strike Up The Band in the Molecomb Stakes at Glorious Goodwood. Memphis Man had a break before finishing a good second at Windsor.

'We've also have Silent Times in the Champagne Stakes. …

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