Updated: 20/04/17 : 05:48:08
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Fox cousin bonanza for locals as he wins 8/1

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A SLIGO jockey whose cousin won the Grand National a fortnight ago landed his own win on an English race track last night, Wednesday.

Local punters made a few bob too as they fancied the 8/1 ''Civil Unrest'' at Sedgefield in Durham (UK).

Steven Fox duly guided him home in the 8pm Macmillan Cancer Support Centre Handicap Hurdle. 

Fox had chased down another Irish horse, the early race leader and 3/1 favourite ''Oh So Gigolo,'' into second place. See below.

Softened Blow

The win softened the blow as, earlier yesterday evening at Sedgewick, Steven Fox was beaten into second place on 2/1 favourite ''Leading Score.''

Yesterday even seemed as if it might not be Fox's day as his mount ''Multipede'' finished third at 7/1 in an earlier race.

He rode his first-ever winner on the big race track in July 2011, at Sligo.

Cheered Victory

Only a fortnight ago his cousin Derek Fox won the Aintree Grand National on 14/1 shot ''One For Arthur.''

Trained by Lucinda Russell, it was the first Scottish winner in nearly four decades -- since ''Rubstic'' in 1979.

Steven Fox missed the big race on April 8th as he was riding at Newcastle for the James Ewart stable, another of Scotland's big trainers.

But he later tweeted footage from the weigh-in room there as he and the other jockeys cheered his brother to victory at Aintree.

Both jockeys started their race track careers with horses trained by Noel Kelly and uncle Mark McNiff.


The Grand National winner recalled last week in ''The Irish Field'' newspaper how he'd join his jump ponies before school in the yard of Michael McElhone.

Indeed there might have no Grand National success if Steven -- then working for trainer Lucinda Russell -- hadn't persuaded his cousin to move from Sligo to Scotland.

''He advised me to take the plunge,'' a prophetic piece of advice, if ever.

The future 'National' success had a real Sligo-sounding winner on his very first day in English racing -- ''The Friary'' running at Hexham in November 2013.

Last Sunday evening, Derek Fox's 2017 Aintree success was accorded civic honour in his hometown by the Cathaoirleach of Sligo County Council, Hubert Keaney. 

Links: See Sligo Today 17/4/2017 and 
http://www.irishracing.com/result?prn=Sedgefield&prc=051&prd=201704192000

See also Sligo Today 9/4/2017