Noel Fehily’s Blog | 10th February 2018

Noel Fehily’s Blog | 10th February 2018

It’s a frustrating time for me at the moment as I’m suspended for six days right through to February 14th. It’s a sore one to take with outstanding racing taking place at Newbury on Saturday and at the 188BET sponsored meeting at Exeter on Sunday. I suppose it’s true what they say though, if you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime. To combat my ire I’ll head off with the missus and kids for a few days.

 

Bravo to Leopardstown

It was great to be a part of the inaugural Dublin Racing Festival last weekend and I was very impressed with the whole set up. The decision to bring all the key January/February Irish races together into one meeting was a big success when you look at the prize money and the quality of horses lining up. Believe me, this meeting will be better supported in the years to come by British raiders once it becomes an established part of the calendar.

 

Fading Faugheen

With regard to the racing, Faugheen ran well on Saturday but he’s clearly not the horse he was as he would have smashed this field to pieces back in his peak. He improved from his Christmas run and Willie Mullins is a genius but you’d have to say Buveur D’Air looks the one to beat in the Champion Hurdle.

 

Versatile Samcro

Samcro was the undoubted star of the show at Leopardstown and to me it doesn’t matter whether he goes to the Supreme or Ballymore as he’ll win them both. He seems to be bred for the longer trip so I suppose he’ll end up running on the Wednesday.

 

Heading to the RSA with Monalee (hopefully)

I was delighted to get on the scoreboard on Sunday at the course with Monalee taking the novice chase for me. He was fantastic, jumped brilliantly and found plenty after the last. With Davy Russell riding Presenting Percy in the RSA I’m hoping to get the ride on Monalee on Day 2 of the Festival.

 

Terrible week for ATR and for racing

I’ll end my blog with the big issue of the week, the decision to award Racing UK with the broadcast rights to all Irish tracks from next year. I think this is a terrible decision that is not good for racing at all. No one seems to have been consulted here and it seems a bad move for Irish racing. With more and more tracks going to RUK it looks like split screens will be the future which can’t be good. I also fear that a number of Irish racing fans won’t be forking out for the extra cost of RUK and they will be distanced from the sport. As for At The Races, they’ve done a fantastic job promoting Irish racing but I’m not sure they’ll be able to survive this loss.