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Local racehorse Fidelity stays faithful to second place

Our current Horse in the Spotlight - Fidelity - has remained faithful to his fancy for coming in second.

Racing at Worcester on Sunday (June 25), the five year-old bay gelding made it three second placings in a row when coming home five lengths behind the winner in the two mile totepool Racecourse Debit Card Betting Available Novices' Handicap Hurdle.

Fidelity went second when going well three hurdles from home and then jumped ahead. But as the Racing Post results summary put it he had "...no extra on the flat but kept trying."

However the writer of the full Racing Post analysis of the race was less impressed: "Fidelity sauntered around for a long way and looked very likely to collect jumping two from home.  He began to labour the moment the rider put him under some pressure.,though, and this rates a missed opportunity."

Ridden by Ian Popham, it was Fidelity's fifteenth appearance on a racecourse since his first outing at Newbury in October 2010.

Owned by Marlborough resident Mrs Ann Leftley and trained at East Kennett by Jonathan Geake, Fidelity will now be turned out to grass for a summer rest.

The Worcester course had been watered and the going was Good.  But out of a field of twelve only seven finished - with five horses pulling up.   One of those five was the Des Donovan trained Silent Account - ridden by local jockey Trevor Whelan - who was fresh from his two races at Royal Ascot.

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