Noel Fehily celebrates winning the 3.30 Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy on Buveur D'air

Noel Fehily’s Blog | 20th January 2018

Noel Fehily’s Blog | 20th January 2018

Happy Friday. Ascot is my focus this weekend with a big ride in the Clarence House Chase which will be very exciting. First though, last Saturday.


Impressive Chef

I was very impressed with Chef Des Obeaux’s win last Saturday at Kempton. We were all expecting him to run well but not as good as that as he beat Secret Investor by 19 lengths. It now looks like the Albert Bartlett will be his Cheltenham target as he’s been hit with a mark of 145 which probably rules him out the Festival handicaps. Not a bad day for trainer Nicky Henderson who got married as well as landing all those Saturday winners.


Bowen will go far

Young James Bowen is getting a lot of publicity at the moment and it’s no real surprise when you look at what he’s doing on the track. What I like about James is that he’s a very level headed lad with a good, strong family behind him. He’s had a great upbringing and that’s why he’s able to handle all this publicity at such a tender age. He’ll go far.


Wind op declarations a waste of time

I see that wind ops are now required to be declared on racecards. What an absolute load of rubbish! So many horses need wind ops. Different types of wind ops. Some work, some don’t. It’s rubbish to suggest this will be of huge benefit to punters. A waste of time.


Saturday rides

I’m off to Ascot on Saturday with a strong book of rides…


12:40 Leoro

This will only be his second every run. I was on him last time out at Newbury before Christmas and he ran ok but definitely needed the run. It’s hard to see him winning here as he’ll need to improve and I fancy others may be in front of him.


1:50 La Bague Au Roi

Probably my best chance on Saturday. This is a mare I’ve watched run for a while now and I’m really looking forward to riding her for the first time. She’s an absolute beast of a horse with a lot of versatility with regard to trip. She comes into this race on the back of a fine Listed win at Kempton in November and I’m expecting a big run here.


2:25 Air Horse One

This is the fourth time this horse has appeared on my blog and his assignment on Saturday looks a very big ask. He’s off top weight with a high rating and I’m sure others down the weights will have been given a better chance by the handicapper.


3:00 Acting Lass

This a horse I love! On his racecourse debut at Hereford in November 2016 he was very green but won very well. Next time out the following month I thought he’d be a steering job at the same course and was gutted to go down by seven lengths that day. Pretty quickly after that though my disappointment was put into perspective when the horse that beat him made rapid progress. That horse was Finian’s Oscar. Perhaps a steering job was a little ambitious eh?! He’s a great big horse and has a very decent chance here.


3:35 Kylemore Lough

I schooled him last week and he worked very well and we’ve just got to hope that his defeat at Cheltenham in November is behind him. He was very fresh and gassy that day and he made a bad mistake at the water jump. We’ve all got to beat Un De Sceaux here that’s for sure but when you look at the form my lad is more than capable of finishing second in the race.


4:05 Just A Sting

This is a lovely horse. He was second on very bad ground at Exeter in November and then ran well at Sandown last month. That form has really worked out well with Ainchea and Whatswrongwithyou running very well since so confidence is high here.