Noel Fehily reveals plan to retire after riding 50-1 shot Eglantine Du Seuil to victory at Cheltenham
- He announced his decision after leading Eglantine Du Seuil to a surprise victory
- The 43-year-old has ridden 1,350 winners over jumps in Britain and Ireland
- Noel Fehily’s biggest victories came in the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham
An emotional Noel Fehily announced that he will retire in the next few weeks after partnering possibly his final Festival winner on Willie Mullins-trained 50-1 shot Eglantine Du Seuil in the Dawn Run Mares’ Novices Hurdle.
Fehily, 43, who won by short head, said: ‘I enjoyed that because it is my last Festival. I am not getting any younger. I have been thinking about it for a couple of weeks and it is time to let the young lads get on with it. I will probably ride for another couple of weeks.’
Fehily’s seven Festival winners include the 2017 Champion Hurdle on Buveur D’Air and 2017 Champion Chase on Special Tiara.
Noel Fehily announced his decision after leading Eglantine Du Seuil to a surprise victory
In January Fehily had his appendix removed but suffered complications and needed to return to hospital.
The 43-year-old nevertheless displayed all his ability is still in place when winning the National Hunt Breeders Supported By Tattersalls Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle for Willie Mullins on Eglantine Du Seuil who came from the clouds.
‘I wasn’t well for a while earlier in the year and I’ve been thinking about it for a couple of weeks. It’s time to let the young lads get on with it,’ Fehily told Racing TV.
‘I’ve spoken to my agent Chris Broad, who has been great about it, and I think I’ll carry on riding for a couple of weeks.
‘This will definitely be my last Festival and I was hoping for a winner so I’d be able to announce it.
‘I’m delighted to be able to go out on a winner, especially for Jared (Sullivan, owner) who has been so good to me.
‘I’m not getting any younger and it’s time to start working now. I’ve loved every minute of it and had great support but it’s time to let everyone else get on with it.
‘In January and February I wasn’t very well and all and I would have hated to have had to go out like that.’