Noel Fehily celebrates winning the 3.30 Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy on Buveur D'air

Noel Fehily Blog | 17th July 2018 | Fighting Back From Injury

Hope you’ve all been enjoying the summer weather! I’m not sure I can remember such a long spell of warm weather in this country before.

 

Thank god for Oaksey House

I’ve been able to enjoy the sunshine as I remain injured after my fall at Punchestown in late-April. It’s been a frustrating two and a half months but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel now.  I’ve been going over to Oaksey House two days a week and that’s been the perfect tonic for my neck. I generally do an hour of fitness and an hour of physio each day I’m there and things are going to plan. It’s such a great place with tremendous facilities, we should be proud of it as a sport.

 

Keeping busy the key

It’s really frustrating being injured but I have to say I’m pretty used to it by now. I’m not one of these people who sits in and watches the racing every day and drives themselves mad. No, I’m much happier getting out and about and just keeping a casual eye on things.

Getting injured in late-April looked ok as it was the end of the season but because it was such a wet spring there were a number of good horses who were desperate for a run in May and I missed the opportunity to partner them. The flip side of course is now where the ground is so fast and a lot of good horses are not been risked on this surface. I don’t feel like I’ve missed much in the last few weeks.

 

100 winners a big challenge now

There have been no dates set for my return but I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I’ll be back in action next month at some point. As regular readers will know, my aim every season is to get to 100 winners. That’s going to be very difficult now having missed the opening three months of the season but I’ll try my best to hit another century.

It’s great to see the horses returning from their summer break and it’s exciting to think what’s coming up in the next few months. From my point of view, I’ve got quite a few horses to look forward to this winter. Top of the list though just has to be Summerville Boy and Black Op.