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McDonogh relishing Ripon trip

Declan McDonogh makes his first visit to Ripon on Saturday and hopes it is the start of a few more frequent visits to Britain.

A former champion jockey in Ireland, he is currently stable jockey to John Oxx but has enlisted the services of former National Hunt jockey Niall Hannity to source his UK mounts.

The pair could get off to a blockbuster start as McDonogh rides the improving Tatlisu for Richard Fahey in the valuable William Hill Great St Wilfrid and rides Soul Brother for Tim Easterby in the consolation race - two of Ripon's more successful trainers.

"I'm definitely looking forward to it. The Great St Wilfrid is one of the more famous old handicaps and it's exciting to be coming over," said McDonogh.

"I must thank Richard Fahey and Tim Easterby, I'm very grateful for getting two very nice rides there. I've also got a ride for Sally Hall (Altharoos) and George Moore (Lady Yeats).

"I'm hoping to get over a lot more now when there's no racing in Ireland and I'm not needed by Mr Oxx.

"I've got Niall Hannity booking my rides and it just makes sense to come over when I'm not riding at home."