Noel Fehily Blog | 18th-19th November 2017
Noel Fehily Blog – 18th-19th November 2017
How you are all doing? Not a great week for my country as we were knocked out of the World Cup by Denmark on Tuesday night. Thankfully I missed the match, I would have been furious I’ve I’d watched it. For what it’s worth I think we should keep Martin O’Neill as manager, I think he’s a great boss and done great in qualifying us for Euro 2016. Anyway, on to the racing. And what a weekend coming up!
Perfect reappearance for Harry
I was delighted to see UnowhatImeanharry win his season opener last week in the Read Noel Fehily At 188BET race at Aintree (great title for a race!). I was really impressed by him considering it was his first run of the season, he was giving weight away and the trip was fairly sharp for him. To me he looks as good as ever and he looks set for an outstanding 2017/18 season.
Smart work from Henderson
Another of last season’s stars, Might Bite, was in action on Sunday at Sandown. Ok, he didn’t have a lot to beat but it was the perfect prep for the King George on Boxing Day. I thought it was a great bit of training from Nicky Henderson aiming him for this race. If he’d run him in the Betfair Chase at Haydock later this month he could have a hard race and he could have left his Kempton race there. This was the perfect light prep for him and he’ll be a big player on Boxing Day. Don’t worry too much about his quirks, he was fine here and at Aintree in April.
Bags Groove did the business for me again on Monday at Kempton and we’re all delighted with how he’s progressing this season. Harry Fry was always talking about him last season and to be honest he didn’t really reach the heights we expected. Now it looks like he’s getting his act together.
If The Cap Fits did the business as well on Monday and I just loved the way he quickened up after the last to cruise him in fine fashion. He finished 4th in the Aintree bumper in April and that was the position that was filled by Buveur D’Air in that race in 2015. Wouldn’t it be great if he followed in his footsteps eh?
Jockey row so overblown
I saw the incident involving Daryl Jacob and Noel George making the headlines this week. It’s been completely blown out of proportion for me as these things happen a lot. Why it had to be taken to Portman Square I’ll never know. The matter was dealt with and sorted out between the lads very quickly. That should have been the end of the story.
Onto some of my weekend Cheltenham rides…
It’s a big ride for me in the Bet Victor Gold Cup as Kylemore Lough is currently favourite to win. This has been the plan all along for this boy since he came to Harry Fry’s stable and it’s all systems go. I schooled him the other day and he’s in great order. Harry has got him looking a million dollars and we just have to hope that he transfers his well-being at home onto the track on Saturday. He’s essentially a Grade 1 horse running in a handicap so we have to be confident.
This little pocket rocket won her only start at Market Rasen in March but this is a big step up in class. She needs to progress here to be competitive and it will be intriguing to see how she fares.
It will be great to get back on him after what he did for me in the Champion Chase back in March. He owes me nothing and he’s been a super horse for me. He’ll need the ground to be quicker I think and Fox Norton looks the one to beat in the race. Tiara never runs a bad race at Cheltenham though so let’s see what happens.
To be honest with you, I don’t know much about him but it’s great to get the ride for Nicky Richards. It looks a hot race so he has a lot to do.