Cork man Noel Fehily has said that he will be retiring as a jockey and will announce a date in the coming weeks. He announced the plans to retire after he rode 50/1 Eglantine Du Seuil to victory for Willie Mullins in the 4.50 at Cheltenham on Wednesday.
Speaking to Lydia Hislop on Racing UK an extremely emotional 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”. He continued, “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. Fehily has yet to announce a date but said he will continue to ride for a couple more weeks, he said “I will ride for a couple of weeks or so and we will play it by year.“But this will be my last Festival.”
Fehily is one of the nicest men on and off the racecourse and he has a superb record. The 44 year old rode Master Minded to victory in 2010 for Paul Nicholls in the Tingle Creek, in 2012 he was on board Rock On Ruby in the Champion Hurdle for the same trainer. He also went on to win the King George to years in a row with Silviniaco Conti in 2013 and 2014.
In recent years he rode JP McManus Buveur D’Air to Champion Hurdle success in 2017, while he also rode Special Tiara to Queen Mother Champion Chase success for Henry De Bromhead. One of the through greats of the game, he still has a couple of rides in the festival left and for sure he will be looking to add more wins.