Noel Fehily Blog | 25th November 2017

Noel Fehily Blog | 25th November 2017

How are you all? Last Saturday was a disappointment for me and the team as Kylemore Lough failed to get round in the Bet Victor Gold Cup. We were all gutted because he had looked so well in the run up to the race and was schooling in great style. He made a bad mistake at the 10th and that probably wrecked his chances of winning. He seems fine now but I suppose you wonder whether a mistake like that has left it’s mark.

 

Cheltenham must do better

I thought the going at Cheltenham on Saturday was poor and simply not good enough. This is a Grade 1 track and the meeting offered high-quality racing and excellent horses. They must do more to offer better racing ground than they did at the weekend. When you think the smaller tracks are racing every week and offering better ground than we got on Saturday it’s tough to take. Cheltenham must improve.

 

The Machine returns

There were a lot of raised eyebrows at Faugheen’s emphatic winning return on Sunday but I wasn’t surprised. The way he galloped to the first hurdle told me he was up for it. Looking at it now, it’s almost as if he hasn’t been away.

Faugheen has now overtaken my old friend Buveur d’Air at the top of the Champion Hurdle market and wouldn’t it be great if the pair met in March. There’s a long way to go before then though.

 

Tough Ruby

It was terrible news about Ruby Walsh breaking his leg on Saturday. Your heart goes out to him. Ruby is as tough as they come though and believe me it won’t be long before he’s back.

 

Magic Monday

If Saturday was a disappointment then Monday certainly made up for it as I rode a treble at Plumpton. Three rides, three winners and everything went smoothly. It’s great when you have days like that.

 

Saturday rides

Let’s hope for a winning Saturday, I’m at Haydock with two nice rides.

2:25 Minella Awards

He ended the season very well with a good performance at Sandown and an even better one at Punchestown. This is a competitive race though and the worry would be the ground and the fact it’s his first run of the season.

3:35 Sir Ivan

There’s no doubt he is progressive as his last two runs have been his best. First there was the run at Ffos Las where he beat former Stayers Hurdle winner Cole Harden and then he won at Uttoxeter off joint top weight. It bodes well. In all honesty it took a while for the penny to drop with this fellow but it all seems to have fallen into place now. I’m hopeful of a big run on Saturday.