Noel Fehily’s Blog | 17th March 2018

So Cheltenham is over for another year. While Friday was a disappointing day for me if you had told me at the start of the week I’d have a winner and two placed horses I would have taken it.

 

Ground a real slog

The ground was very testing today. Very hard to go on and some of my mounts really felt the effects of it. Stormy Ireland did too much early on and had little left to give near the end and Chef Des Obeaux couldn’t get home either. I would forgive any horse for struggling in these conditions.

Brave Native River

The Gold Cup was an excellent race and I wasn’t too surprised to see Native River winning. His Welsh National win in 2016 was the perfect prep for this and conditions certainly suited him more than most. To make all in a Gold Cup is some achievement. Might Bite was gallant in second and I think Nicky Henderson will be happy with that. He’s had a great week winning the Champion Hurdle and Champion Chase as well as this.

 

Hard to get out of bed

I’m off to Kempton on Saturday. I won’t lie to you, it’s hard going heading to a meeting like this after the four days we’ve just had. It’s not easy getting out of bed on the Saturday after Cheltenham as the meeting takes so much out of you. It’s a very tiring week.

 

2:05 Kempton – Deauville Dancer

I fear the ground will be too soft for the David Dennis. He ran very well in the autumn but the ground wasn’t anywhere near as testing as this.

 

2:40 Kempton – Just A Sting

I like this horse a lot. I always have but whether he’s going to be at his best in these conditions I very much doubt.

 

3:15 Kempton – Minella Present

He was a good horse a while back but hasn’t run in nearly two years so I’m not sure what to expect. I don’t think he’s particularly well handicapped for this race.

 

3:50 Kempton – Equus Amadeus

Not a horse I know much about to be honest. Hasn’t run since having wind surgery in the autumn and with Tom Lacey training him he’ll be fit and well.

 

5:00 Kempton – Sebastopol

Onto the bumper and I know Tom Lacey likes this horse. Hasn’t run under Rules yet but won his point to point at Larkhill very well at January.