A TREBLE at York on Saturday, including a Listed win on Donjuan Triumphant, helped jockey Jack Garritty draw level with Tom Marquand in the race to be crowned champion apprentice this season, although his rival hit back with a winner at Chelmsford later in the day.
The first leg of his treble came on the David O’Meara-trained Chancery in York’s 1m2½f handicap, while Donjuan Triumphant – trained by Garritty’s boss Richard Fahey – triumphed in the Rockingham Stakes.
Fahey supplied the young rider, who has now ridden out his 3lb claim, with another winner when Gleese The Devil struck in the 2m½f handicap.
Garritty, whose biggest success came on the Fahey-trained Eastern Impact in the Group 3 Bengough Stakes at Ascot this month, said: “Eastern Impact has got to be my highlight, he has been the horse of a lifetime.
“But I would like to say thank you to my guv’nor Mr Fahey for supporting me all the way through the season, and all of his owners and others who have supported me. I couldn’t have done it without them and will give the title a go.”
The leading apprentice will this term pocket £5,000 in the Stobart-sponsored contest and Garritty is now one behind (50-51) Marquand, who scored on the Richard Hannon-trained Dheban at Chelmsford.