Noel Fehily’s 2017/18 Jump Season Review
It’s been great writing these blogs for 188BET during the season, this end of term review is my last one for a few months.
A very good season
My aim at the start of the season was to reach 100 winners and get some quality rides. I achieved both. I picked up Grade 1 wins at Cheltenham, Aintree and Punchestown and finished in 4th place in the jockey’s table. A very good season.
Nothing beats Supreme win
My favourite moment of the campaign had to be Summerville’s Boy win in the opening race of the Cheltenham Festival, the Supreme Novices Hurdle. It was a big relief to get on the board in Race 1 and also because I had put a lot of faith in the horse. I rated him very highly after his Tolworth win and I was right too.
Here are my thoughts on some of the other high profile horses I was lucky enough to ride this season.
If The Cap Fits
I’m very excited about riding him next year as his form has worked out very well. When you consider he comfortably beat Diese Des Bieffes on Boxing Day and that horse went on to run well in the Lanzarote and Martin Pipe then it bodes well. He was still green that day so there is real scope for improvement. He far exceeded what I expected at the start of the season.
A frustrating season and you’d have to say he’s not getting any younger. Hopefully he can get a win on the board next winter.
I had very high hopes for him at the start of the season and I have to say it didn’t work out as I hoped. He had a very up and down season. American is a very difficult horse to train and is not straight-forward, let’s hope he can reproduce the form of his Cotswold Chase run next season.
Two Grade 1 victories, what a great season! If he can improve his jumping then anything is possible, he’s only going to get better and I’d love to see him in the Champion Hurdle next season.
He ran very well in the RSA behind Presenting Percy on the back of his gutsy win in the Dublin Festival. Sadly he was over the top at Punchestown but hopefully I’ll get a chance to get on him again in a few months.
I thought he was great at Cheltenham behind Samcro and followed that up with a superb win at Aintree. He’ll be a terrific chaser and having schooled him after Aintree I can tell you he’s in great nick.
This year’s hero
If I had to pick a horse of the year it would have to be Altior. For me he’s the best horse in training and has displayed pure brilliance, mainly at Newbury and Cheltenham. An exceptional racehorse.
Next year’s hero?
So you want me to nominate a horse for the 2018/19 season. Well I have big hopes for Harry Fry’s horse Bullionaire.
Hope you all have a great summer.