Fergal Lynch back in focus

31-08-2014 'Fergal  Lynch on Captain Cullen wins the Newstalk Supporting Irish Autism Auction handicap of �'�10,000 at the Curragh.'Photo: Adrian Melia
31-08-2014 'Fergal Lynch on Captain Cullen wins the Newstalk Supporting Irish Autism Auction handicap of �'�10,000 at the Curragh.'Photo: Adrian Melia

Forced out of top class horse racing in England following allegations of race fixing, Derry jockey Fergal Lynch appears to have bounced back to prominence.

In fact, the Culmore native, now 36, emerged the top ‘jock’ in Canada last weekend having won that country’s richest race, the Rioch Woodbine Mile Stakes with $1 million dollar purse for the winner.

Riding “Mondialiste” in the Canadian Classic, Lynch guided the David O’Meara horse from last to first to secure the top prize, understood to be in the region of £350,00.

And with 45 winners in England to his credit this year, Lynch has high hopes of recording even better statistics before the flat season ends.

Currently based in Doncaster, Fergal was given the opportunity to ride the horse by the Yorkshire trainer and did the needful at 10.45 Irish time. Live on “At The Races,” Lynch produced a scintillating performance to guide“Mondialiste” from last to first acros the winning line.

That victory also guarantees O’Meara’s horse a place in the “Breeder’s Cup.”

Having departed the scene in England quite some time ago, Lynch has raced in the U.S.A., France and Spain before returning to ride in Ireland last season.

And having since had his licence returned by the Jockey Club, he is now stable jockey for Jim Goldie in Scotland.

While delighted with the biggest win of his career, Fergal will now focus on riding in the popular Ayr Gold Cup meeting which gets underway this Thursday continuing on Friday and Saturday.

With the flat season drawing to a close, Lynch will then set sail for Florida where he will ride horses for his brother, Cathal, over the winter months.