Winning Exeter return for Hobbs-trained Fingal Bay
Fingal Bay made a triumphant return at Exeter on Sunday, when he won the Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle after a 429-day lay-off.
The eight-year-old travelled well on the heavy ground under Richard Johnson, taking up the running with five hurdles to go to seal a length-and-a-half success from stable-mate If In Doubt.
The gelding had not been seen since uncharacteristically running out at the course in December 2012. “We still have no idea why he did that as he is such a genuine horse and we can only think something must have been hurting him,” said trainer Philip Hobbs’ wife, Sarah.
Fingal Bay has been entered in the World Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival. Hobbs also saddled Trickaway to land the concluding bumper, with the short-odds favourite scoring a three-lengths win from the Victor Dartnall-trained Dancing Shadow.
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