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I’ve been called Luke Littler the horse race – I’m already ahead of AP McCoy, Ruby Walsh and Barry Geraghty. Pi News

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LUKE LITTLER has taken the sporting world by storm – but there the 18-year-old jockey is already comparing the darts sensation.

Three years after losing his mother to cancer, Freddie Gingell kicked Bullseye over 22-1 outsider Elixir Du Nutz on Cheltenham’s big trial day last Saturday.

Gingell celebrates after winning the Clarence House Chase on Elixir De Nutz

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Gingell celebrates after winning the Clarence House Chase on Elixir De NutzCredit: PA

Nicky Henderson’s emotional defeat of 4-11 favorite Jonbon in the reorganized Clarence House Chase shocked the racing world.

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Not just because Gingell kept his cool in a nail-biter, but because the win put him ahead of icons like AP McCoy, Ruby Walsh and Barry Geraghty.

Gingell, whose uncle Joe is breeding 10-year-old Holdon Gold Cup winner Elixir De Nutz, sealed his first Grade 1 win at 18 and 37 days.

Champion jockeys Johnson and Walsh came there as 18-year-olds in 1996 and 1998, but both were more than 100 days older than Gingell.

And the teenage jockey is a full three years ahead of 20-time champion McCoy, who won a Grade 1 in 1996 at the age of 21.

Reflecting on his winning streak, Gingell told the Racing Post: “I had no idea I was ahead of those big names. It was crazy.

“Days like Saturday are the days you dream about, so it was unreal.”

Only Jack Kennedy, who became the youngest jockey to win the Gold Cup, has reached the sport’s pinnacle quicker, winning a Grade 1 in 2016 at the age of 17.

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For all the joy that was experienced, there was also sadness that Gingell’s mother, Kim, couldn’t be there to watch.

He sadly died of cancer in 2020 at the age of 43.

After winning his first in February 2022, the son remembered his mother, saying: “My mother is probably crying over there and wishing me the best.

“It’s a shame he can’t be here to see it, but that’s life. He wanted me to do my best.”

A few years later, he did the same, drawing comparisons to Littler, a 17-year-old phenom.

The kebab-loving darts genius shot to fame earlier this month when he became the youngest player to reach the final of the PDC World Darts Championship.

Although he lost to Luke Humphreys, he went on to win the next round in Bahrain and is now the most talked about athlete in the country.

With a win on Saturday, who’s to say Gingell can’t be his Littler?

He needs to win a few more times to justify such lofty comparisons…

But he’s still not out of his 5lb claim so will be a jockey for any trainer looking to throw some weight on the handicap runners at the festival.

The first one is hopefully level 1 glory in Champion’s Chase.

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Gingell added: “Mr Warner, the owner of Elixir De Nutz, has been very good to me and I can continue to ride with him.

“He’s going to the Champion Chase, it’s six weeks until Cheltenham and that would be very special.”

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Can Gingell be as athletic as Littler is in darts?Credit: Getty

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