Noel Fehily’s Blog | 24th March 2018

After the fire and brimstone of last week at Cheltenham, it’s been a lot quieter this week with the snow getting in the way of racing. To be honest, it’s been nice to have a bit of a break.

 

Great memories of Cheltenham

Looking back at Cheltenham from a personal point of view I remain satisfied with my week’s work. To get a winner was fantastic and I look forward to seeing what Summerville Boy can do next season. The two second place horses, Black Op and Monalee, were also sweet as they both run as well as could be expected.

 

Sad scenes in the Grand Annual

I see the Grand Annual has come under attack after the sad fatalities in the race last Friday. I think they were pretty unlucky to be honest as on that kind of ground we wouldn’t expect horses to be fatally injured. My own mount Some Plan was one of the three horses that lost their life and he had a very soft fall, got up and galloped away. It was only about an hour later when he cooled down that it was discovered he had a bad fracture.

 

Go chasing with Samcro

Samcro has been the talking horse this week as we all speculate where he’ll be pointed next season. I suspect Giggingstown will take the chasing option with him, they love chasers don’t they? Samcro was born to be a chaser and I don’t think they’ll delay things for a year to take in the Champion Hurdle.

 

Kinane the perfect Flat jockey

The Flat season starts on Saturday and I’m looking forward to seeing how the season unravels. I’ve admired plenty of jocks on the level but if I had to pick one it would be Mick Kinane. For me he was the perfect Flat jockey, brilliant to watch and a total natural. Big respect also to Richard Hughes, Ryan Moore and James Doyle.

I must say I would have loved to have ridden on the Flat but from a weight point of view it was never going to be possible.

 

Saturday rides

I’m at Newbury on Saturday with three rides.

 

2:05 Newbury – Wotzizname
He ran very well at Doncaster at the end of January when he beat the decent marker Mount Mews. He didn’t jump too well that day so to get his head in front was impressive. I fear the ground will be too slow for him on Saturday.

 

3:15 Newbury – Lady Of Lamvaner

She actually won this race two years ago but lost it in the stewards room. She’s in good form and going well at home and should be there or thereabouts.

 

5:00 Newbury – Caribert

We were delighted with him first time out when he won at Wincanton in November and went to Exeter the following month full of confidence about following up. Alas, he bumped into the smart Time To Move On who has won subsequently. He’ll love the ground here though and should have a big chance.