Three Questions: Roger Fell

Haulage businessman who has hired ex-jockey David O'Meara to train at his North Yorkshire stables – starting with Madam Macie, leading fancy for the big sprint at York today.


1. What was the story behind you hiring David?


James Hetherton came out of retirement to help out for a while, and the idea was that I might go into it myself.

But we ended up placing an advert in the Racing Post and of the many people we interviewed I was most impressed with David. I set up this yard because I was fed up, wanted a better deal for owners. And David's exactly what we were looking for: an honest, straightforward, hard-working lad who loves horses. He's been here since October but has got his licence now, and this filly will basically be his first runner – it couldn't have worked out better. All she has to do now is win!

2. At €4,000, Madam Macie looks to be a real bargain. What about the drop in distance today?

I asked a friend in Ireland to find us three yearlings and she was one of them. She's a freak, a Mini with a Ferrari engine. We can go for a listed race later, but now we've got to go for the money race. We think the trip will suit her. She had them all beaten at the furlong pole at Haydock – the jockey was looking round by that stage.

3. Apparently there's some other sporting event on the horizon today. Do you have any interest or views?

Oh yes, I love my football – and I think if Wayne Rooney can keep his head we could go all the way. If he doesn't, we won't. In that case, I'd fancy Spain.

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