Dash from racecourse to ring pays off for De Giles

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JOCKEY Felix De Giles dashed from Towcester to Chippenham on Saturday on a busy sporting day for the 23-year-old, writes DAVE VEYSEY.

The Walcot welterweight competed in two races at Towcester before storming back to Wiltshire to don boxing gloves at Malmesbury ABC’s dinner show.

Chippenham’s Neeld Hall hosted the event where a packed house, including many of Felix’s weighing room colleagues, saw him beat Tom Hannah from Bristol’s Paddy Johns gym.

The former Cheltenham Festival winner attacked from the opening bell, scoring with left jabs and straight rights to take the opener.

The second round saw De Giles again land better quality shots, including two superb straight rights.

During the final two minutes the Walcot boxer’s work rate slowed, but he had done enough to secure a unanimous points decision from the ringside judges.

Felix said afterwards: “It’s been a long day and I’m pleased to have come away with a win.

“I was riding out on the gallops at 6 o’clock this morning, then I travelled to Towcester, rode in two races and hurried back in time to box this evening.

“I felt I made a good start and won the first round, but I got tired towards the end.

“I learnt a bit from losing my last fight and I’m happy to have made it three wins from four bouts for Walcot.”

Walcot coach Harry Scott was pleased with his boxer, saying: “Felix boxed well in the first two rounds and then dug deep when he had to during the last.

“It was a gutsy display - he did Walcot proud against a previously unbeaten opponent.

“The next time he boxes for us I hope he can get the day off.”

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