Noel Fehily Blog | 24th April 2018

I’m writing this blog in a cab on the way to Punchestown for the Festival. It should be a great week hopefully.


Different sort of Festival

Punchestown is a great Festival but it’s very different from Cheltenham and Aintree. It’s far more relaxed and laid back and there’s less pressure. All five of the days are excellent and hopefully I’ll pick up some winners.


I have four rides on the opening day…


4:20 Draconein

I rode him at Fairyhouse over Easter and he ran well behind Get A Bird. He’s got a fair bit to make up with that horse here but I’m pretty sure the ground will suit him a lot better. There’s no reason to think he can’t be in the money.


4:55 Duca De Thaix

I don’t know much about this horse to be honest but on all known form he’s going to struggle. It’s great to be riding for Gordon Elliott on what could be a landmark week for him as he chases his first trainers title. What a season he’s had!


5:30 Special Tiara

Big ask on paper and he hasn’t really got a good record at Punchestown. The difference this year though is that he comes here without a gruelling run at Cheltenham under his belt. As expected he just didn’t go on the ground in March and he was pulled up before he started to struggle. He should be fresher this time round in what looks an outstanding race. Douvan v Min v Un De Sceaux? All of them have had tough races recently so don’t be surprised if we get a shock result here!


6:40 Monalee

I’m really looking forward to getting back on the Henry De Bromhead horse. I thought he was excellent at Cheltenham when finishing second to Presenting Percy in the RSA. If he reproduces that form here he’ll win.