Local garda chooses horse trained by fellow Fermoy man for Cheltenham derby ride
When James Fenton takes his place among the other Cheltenham derby riders the day before St. Patrick’s Day, he’ll be doing so on a horse trained by fellow Fermoy man David O’Meara. David trained the four-year-old filly called Rosie’s Lady in York in the UK. James plans to travel over in advance to ride the mare out in preparation for the big event.
The Dungarvan-based garda was chosen as one of the final twelve from over 100 applicants to take part in the race which is being organised as a fundraiser for Cancer Research UK. Three other Irish riders will be among the 12.
James comes from a family of racing enthusiasts but, while he’s done some riding for Dungarvan trainer John Kiely and with his uncle David Fenton, he’s never done anything on the level of the Cheltenham race. It’ll be the seventh race of the day on March 14th, taking place in front of an estimated 60,000 strong crowd.
Donations to the site handlng them for the event can be made by going to https://www.justgiving.com/James-B-Fenton/ He’s delighted with the support and sponsorship he’s received so far, saying “It’s been brilliant.” Among those who have sponsored him to date is Fermoy Leisure Centre and its staff and James extends sincere thanks to them.
A fundraiser has been organised for Cheers Bar in Fermoy on Wednesday, February 20th. Tickets are available on the door on the night and all support will be appreciated.