Noel Fehily Blog | 16th December 2017

Noel Fehily Blog | 16th December 2017

Hi there. Hope you’re all well and looking forward to Christmas. It’s great to be back at Cheltenham this weekend and there’s some top class racing taking place as usual.

 

Terrific Taunton

First can I just say how pleased I was to see Taunton host the rearranged Peterborough Chase on Thursday. It’s a great little fair course and getting a race of that prestige was everything they deserved. They also offer consistently good prize money so it was no surprise to see a decent field turn up at the track on Thursday. Well done Taunton and well done Top Notch.

 

Hayley Turner

You won’t be surprised to hear I’ve been asked my views on Hayley Turner’s ban a lot this week so I might as well lay them out here too. It’s unfortunate for her but she’s been silly. I’ve no doubt she’ll learn from it and move on and be more careful in the future as it’s not something you’d want to be associated with as a jockey.

 

Why I don’t do Cross Country

This Cheltenham fixture hosts one of the big cross country races of the season and I won’t be involved. These races serve their purpose and are good for racing but I’m comfortable sitting them out. The trainers I ride for don’t usually train horses in this discipline so it suits me fine.

 

Saturday rides

On Saturday I have three rides at Cheltenham…

 

12:45 Kalondra

He ran a good race last time out at Wincanton when beaten by Modus and that fills us with faith here. Having said that this looks a really competitive affair and it’ll be hard to beat Movewiththetimes if I’m honest.

1:55 Romain De Senam

It’s great to get the ride on this Paul Nicholls inmate for the first time. I’m hoping for a change of luck in these big Saturday handicaps after the disappointments of Kylemore Lough (Bet Victor Gold Cup) and American (Ladbrokes Trophy) although this looks another tough ask. He’s had a good season so far with wins at Chepstow and Stratford under Sam Twiston Davies and wasn’t too far big when finishing 5th in the Bet Victor last month. If he can reproduce that level of form there’s nothing to suggest he can’t finish in the first three.

 

3:40 Lamanver Odyssey

A tricky handicap to end the card and this mare just loves getting her toe in. She’s improving that’s for sure and I won on her at Exeter this time last year but it was the win at Wincanton last month under Aidan Coleman that stands out. If we get more rain over the next 24 hours then she looks primed to run a good race.