Noel Fehily: Ladbrokes Winter Carnival, the Fighting Fifth and 100 winners
When it comes to setting targets for the season, I always like to ride 100 winners if I can.
I got injured at Punchestown at the end of April, missing the first three to four months of the season, so unfortunately it is probably unrealistic to achieve that at the moment.
My aim is to just ride nice horses and have good winners. That is the most important thing. Since I have been back everything has been going good touch wood.
We are starting to get the rain now too so some nice horses are starting to come out and hopefully it will be a busy season.
I was very impressed with If The Cap Fits last Saturday. I know people think he needs further. I’m still not convinced he wants three miles.
He might have looked a bit that way the other day because he’d only run two weeks prior at Wincanton. That probably took the edge off a bit.
He is a very good horse and although I’m not sure where he will go next, that was a good performance given he didn’t have the greatest preparation for it. Hopefully there is a lot more to come from him.
I ride Momella in the Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury. That’s my only ride there. She is up against the boys in a tough race and is getting seven pounds off them. She finished off last season with a very good run at Aintree behind Black Op.
Since then she’s had a wind operation and has been working really well. We will know where we are with her after this. I wouldn’t be surprised if she finishes in the money.
I would love to have a ride in the Ladbrokes Trophy but it’s going to be Newcastle for me. I ride Summerville Boy in the Fighting Fifth.
He was a good winner in the Supreme considering the mistakes he made and I am looking forward to getting going with him.
There have been all sorts of rumours that Samcro isn’t going to come over but I hope he does run as it will be a good race and we will all know where we stand then.
Samcro was obviously a very good novice last year. Buveur D’Air is a hell of a good horse that I have an awful lot of respect for. You also have the horse that beat Samcro at Down Royal, Bedrock, who is a very good horse as well.
It is shaping up to be a very good race, probably the best renewal we have seen for a while and I am expecting a big run from Summerville Boy.
American is going for the Ladbrokes Trophy now. I think he could have a massive each-way chance.
He was favourite for the race last year but had a terrible preparation for it and probably wasn’t experienced enough. The rain is coming for him. He is in much better shape this year. If time allowed I’d get a helicopter down for him.