Noel Fehily Blog | 12th April 2018

How’s it going? I’m very well as another Aintree Festival kicks off today. It’s been a slow few weeks with the bad weather but we all just want to get things going now.

 

Thanks Silvie!

Before I start with Aintree though I wanted to touch on the thoroughly sad news that my old pal Silviniaco Conti had died. He was a wonderful horse who ran some fantastic races and his CV was outstanding with two King Georges, two Aintree Bowl’s and a Betfair Chase. He was the first top-class horse I rode on a regular basis and we had some wonderful days together.

 

Relaxed Aintree

Back to Aintree then and while we’re all excited, I’d be lying if I said I felt the same way as I did the morning of the Cheltenham Festival Day 1. Aintree is a lot more relaxed and the build up just isn’t as big. There’s nothing wrong with that of course, it is what it is.

 

Just the two rides for me on the opening day:

 

3:25 – Air Horse One

This is a big step up in class but I reckon he’ll outrun his odds. Look, I’m not saying he’s going to win but I do think he can be in the money. He’s a fresh horse and the ground will suit him. Don’t write him off.

 

4:40 – Overtown Express

I feel it’s a lot to do with the weather whether this guy runs a big race. He needs the rain, if it goes to Good to Soft he won’t be at his best. To be honest, I don’t think he’s particularly well handicapped.