Former Jockey Fehily Chasing New Festival Dreams

Features | 22nd December 2021

Noel Fehily, who achieved many high profile successes including Champion Hurdles and a Champion Chase in a distinguished career as a jump jockey, is chasing new Festival dreams with his own team of horses.

Fehily, whose 1,350 winners included 27 Grade 1s, hopes to take his syndicate members to Cheltenham in March with some promising performers.

“Our aim is to have horses good enough to compete at Cheltenham and all the big festivals,” says Fehily, who runs his syndicates in partnership with another former jump jockey David Crosse.

“It’s been a great start,” says Fehily, who has already enjoyed 20 winners since launching his syndicates just two years ago. “We are buying horses that are progressive and can race for us initially for two seasons. If things go well we continue with them with the hope of being successful at a high level.”

Crosse, who himself rode over 200 winners, adds: “Noel and I ride them out which is a massive key to our business because we get a true feel of a horse and can relay our thoughts back to the trainers. It’s much better than standing on the ground watching them on the gallops. It gives us a unique edge.”

Kirsty Payne, who has shares in several horses including Dan Skelton’s multiple winner Idbettergonow, says she is living her dreams with Noel Fehily Racing. “There’s just no feeling like it, standing in the winner’s enclosure and seeing your horse win. It’s what dreams are made of,” she adds.

Noel Fehily Racing shareholders gets the chance to own horses with some of the biggest names in the sport.

“All our trainers have done well for us and look after us and our owners very well,” explains Fehily, whose horses are shared between top trainers including Skelton, Paul Nicholls, Harry Fry, Nicky Henderson, Tom George, Alan King and Henry de Bromhead and Willie Mullins in Ireland.

“It’s not just about a day at the races. We have lots of fun days out. We took owners to Punchestown this year and like to bring them to the yards to let them see the horses. It’s all about keeping them well informed.”

Among the latest crop of carefully chosen jumpers is Cheltenham Festival placed Come On Teddy, who made a winning chase debut for George at Uttoxeter in early December, and Dan Skelton’s Riggs who will be aimed at the Pertemps Final in March after finishing second in a Grade 3 at Haydock Park.

“We were lucky enough last year to be third at Cheltenham with Come On Teddy so we’ve had a taste of it and would like to have more horses to go there, to Aintree and to Punchestown. That’s the dream,” adds Fehily.