Noel Fehily
Image reproduced with the kind permission of Sandown Park Racecourse

Speaking to Racing TV after his victory on Eglantine Du Seuil in the Grade Two National Hunt Breeders Supported by Tattersalls Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (Registered as The Dawn Run) at Cheltenham. jockey Noel Fehily suggest he is about to call time on his career.

A tearful Fehily said: “It is probably my last Festival so I enjoyed that. I think I am probably getting aq bit old for this job and I think that will be it now.

“I am not getting any younger and it is a young man’s game.

“I have probably been thinking about it for a couple of weeks. I just thought it is time to let the young lads get on with it.

“I spoke to my agent Chris Broad, he has been brilliant – and my wife and my kids.

“I will ride for a couple of weeks or so and we will play it by ear.

“But this will be my last Festival.”

Fehily, 44, rode Master Minded to victory in the 2010 Tingle Creek Chase for Paul Nicholls.

That association also yielded Champion Hurdle success with Rock On Ruby in 2012.

Fehily seemed to get better with age – and more opportunities.

He rode back to back King George victories aboard Silviniaco Conti, in 2013 and 2014.

In 2017 a second Champion Hurdle came thanks to Buveur D’Air and a day later he rode Special Tiara to land the Queen Mother Champion Chase.