Noel Fehily Blog | 30th December 2017
Noel Fehily Blog – 30th December 2017
Hi there. Hope you all had a good Christmas and are looking forward to the New Year. It will be a quiet one for me as usual as all my focus will be on the New Years Day fixture at Cheltenham.
If The Cap Fits
Boxing Day was full of incident at Kempton and If The Cap Fits winning the opener just delighted me. The horse continues to improve and is doing everything right for us. I’m not sure whether he’ll run before the Cheltenham Festival but as regards his March target nothing has been decided but I’d be surprised if Harry Fry steered him away from the two mile trip. The Supreme seems sensible.
Fry in form
Harry had a great day on Boxing Day with Hell’s Kitchen winning the second race at Kempton. Not sure about those people saying he wasn’t in form though. I don’t think Harry’s been running as many horses in the last few weeks and those that have run haven’t been well handicapped. He was never out of form.
The rise of Bryony Frost
It was great to see Bryony Frost winning the Kauto Star on Black Corton, she’s had a great year. Bryony takes her opportunities well and it’s clear that the big occasions don’t phase her. She’s doing nothing wrong.
Credit at last for Buveur
People are starting to give Buveur D’Air some much deserved respect now. I never felt he got the credit he should have after the Champion Hurdle and his Christmas Hurdle win was impressive earlier this week. I was lucky enough to ride him back in March but I’ve always felt he was a top class animal. Back in the Supreme last year he ran freely and that probably affected his chances. With doubts over Faugheen he looks well placed to defend his Champion Hurdle crown.
King George fallout
The King George was an interesting race as usual and Might Bite proved he’s a very good horse by winning well. I suppose if you were niggling you would question why Double Shuffle and Tea For Two were so close to him but he got the job done well.
A couple of rides for me at Newbury on Saturday…
1:15 – Chirico Vallis
He beat Champagne James in a match at Bangor two weeks ago but this will be a different kettle of fish. It looks the ground will be heavy at Newbury and to be honest I’m not sure it will suit him.
3:35 – Solighoster
I’m much more keen on my chances in the last with Solighoster. He should thrive on the ground and Newbury should suit him too. I think he’s got a real chance here.
Out with the old, in with the new
This is of course my final blog of 2017 so it’s worth a quick look back. My personal highlight had to be Cheltenham. Winning the Champion Hurdle on Buveur D’Air and following that up with a Champion Chase win on Special Tiara put me in dream land. I’d also have to mention Unowhatimeanharry’s win at the Punchestown Festival. That was very sweet.
In terms of 2018, I suppose If The Cap Fits is my horse to follow. As mentioned above he’s progressing well and doing all the right things, let’s hope he has a great year. Happy New Year to you all!