Noel Fehily’s Cheltenham Blog | Day 4

Three down, one to go. Thursday wasn’t as fun as the previous two days for me but expectations weren’t hugely high.

 

Race didn’t suit Harry

The Stayers Hurdle was a funny run race and sadly it didn’t my ride Unowhatimeanharry. The pace was very slow early and it felt like a crawl, naturally it turned into a sprint finish and it just didn’t suit Harry.

 

Irish domination

As a proud Irishman it was great to see us win six of the seven races on Day 3. Now you know why the English didn’t come over for the Dublin Racing Festival! It’s hard enough beating the Irish on your own soil never mind going over there.

 

Onto the final day…

1:30 Triumph Hurdle – Stormy Ireland

I hope she runs well. She’ll go on the ground and was very impressive in her only run for Willie Mullins in December, winning by 58 lengths. She was Ruby’s pick before his injury so that’s another positive.

 

2:10 County Hurdle – Flying Tiger

He owes me one after just beating me in the Fred Winter last year when I was on Divin Bere. The fact he’s won at the Festival before is a big plus and hopefully he can build on some decent runs in handicaps during this season.

 

2:50 Albert Bartlett – Chef Des Obeaux

A very good horse. I’m hoping for more rain over the next 24 hours to give this lad every chance. I’ve won on him in his last two races and he was very impressive. More of the same here please.

 

3:30 Gold Cup – American

We go there in hope rather than expectation. It’s going to be very tough for him as this looks a good Gold Cup. However if the rain keeps falling then there’s no reason why I can’t finish in the first five. We would be delighted with that. If I had to ride anything in the race it would be Our Duke or Native River.

 

5:30 Grand Annual – Some Plan

It would be great to get out of this race alive as it’s always total carnage as us jocks do all we can to end the meeting on a high. My mount Some Plan has a big task on his hands and while he’s an ok handicapper, winning this may be beyond him.