Rosbrian Farm’s Orchestra Leader continued his Charlottesville conquests on Sunday when he pulled away to a six-length victory in the featured $25,000 optional allowance hurdle of the 40th annual Foxfield Fall Races.
Newcomers to U.S. racing Lord Justice and L’Aigle Royal were second and third, respectively.
Orchestra Leader rarely misses a note at the Virginia course. He won the Foxfield Fall feature last year by five lengths. At the Foxfield Spring Races, he won the featured Daniel Van Clief optional allowance hurdle for the second time.
The eight-year-old Van Nistelrooy gelding scored his first win since being claimed from a victory at the High Hope Steeplechase in May and ran his 2017 record to three wins in five starts.
He keyed a two-victory afternoon for George Mahoney Jr.’s Rosbrian operation, trainer Ricky Hendriks, and jockey Ross Geraghty. Earlier on the card, they combined for a training flat race victory with French-bred Sixty Five.
Kieran Norris, the 2016 champion jockey who was injured at the Radnor Hunt Races in May, returned with a victory aboard Amy Taylor Rowe’s Waveless in the $20,000 maiden hurdle for fillies and mares. British-bred Waveless is trained by Leslie Young.
Sean McDermott, second in the jockey standings by wins, picked up a race on leader Darren Nagle with a score aboard Shannon Hill Farm’s Show King for trainer Jimmy Day. Nagle now has a two-race lead, 14 to 12, over McDermott, the runaway leader in the earnings category.