Fell hopeful of a winner as he sends out first runners

Roger Fell: has first runners as a trainer at Nottingham

Fell hopeful of winner as he saddles first runners By Graham Dench 10:00AM 28 SEP 2016

ROGER FELL hopes he might start his training career with a winner at Nottingham on Wednesday when he sends out his first runners since taking over from his former tenant David Loughnane.

Fell, who trains at the yard where David O'Meara did so well, saddles the two-year-old Mystic Maeve (2.30) and handicapper Al Nasser Alwashik (4.05), and he gives them both a squeak.

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He said: "I'm not saying they will win, but they both have chances and it would be nice to start with a winner.

"The two-year-old is probably in quite a hot race and she'll be a big price, but she's all right and when she ran at Leicester last week she wasn't beaten far in a race won by one who is supposed to be Roger Varian's best two-year-old. Al Nasser Alwashik has a more obvious chance."

New career

Fell, who is 62, has asked himself why he is embarking upon a training career relatively late in life but said: "I've got a really good team of staff here and a great place to train from, and I feel I have to have a go. If we can carry on as before that says it all."

At the weekend, Fell expects to have runners at Ascot, where he would be hopeful of a big run from Muntadab in the totescoop6 Challenge Cup if the ground eases and he makes the cut, and also at Redcar, where Age Of Elegance will bid for a hat-trick.

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