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Fehily lining up dual assault on Cheltenham Festival

Cheltenham Festival-winning rider Noel Fehily could have two runners on the Thursday of the meeting with his racing syndicate.

The unbeaten Love Envoi will go for the Grade Two Parnell Properties Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle as long as the ground is suitable, while Come On Teddy heads for the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup.

Fehily had six winners at the Festival, including the Champion Hurdle twice with Rock On Ruby (2012) and Buveur D’Air (2017) and a Queen Mother Champion Chase on Special Tiara (2017), before retiring from the saddle in 2019.

He now runs the Noel Fehily Racing Syndicate with former jump jockey David Crosse.

Fehily reports Love Envoi, trained by Harry Fry, to be in in tip-top condition. The six-year-old has won all her four starts over hurdles since being bought for £38,000 out of Sean Doyle’s stables in Ireland at Tattersalls March Sales in 2021.

“Love Envoi is in great form. We’re really hopeful we can run her at Cheltenham. Hopefully we’ll get a little bit more rain, which would help. We’re looking forward to running her,” he said.

“She keeps surprising us. When they’re on the up, you never know where they will stop improving.

“As long as the ground stays on the slow side, that is where we want to go with her. If it dried out too much she wouldn’t run. At the minute that is where we want to go.”

Come On Teddy, trained by Tom George, did the syndicate proud when finishing third in the Pertemps Final at last year’s Festival.

“We’ve also got Come On Teddy in the Kim Muir. Finding horses like them id hard – we are lucky to have two of them going to the Festival,” Fehily went on.

“Come On Teddy is also in the Ultima but he won’t get in that, so we’re going for the Kim Muir. He’s in great form and it’s great to have two runners there on Thursday, hopefully.

“They are the horses you want to buy to run at the big meetings.”

Bun Doran will not take up Grand Annual engagement

Tom George has ruled Saturday’s Doncaster winner Bun Doran out of the Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Challenge Cup Handicap Chase at Cheltenham.

The 11-year-old gained the fourth chasing success of his career when landing the extended two-mile Virgin Bet Handicap Chase by a neck.

The in-form Slad trainer will bypass the Festival with the Shantou gelding, however.

George said: “He won’t be going there, but he did well.

“It was a good day for him. He probably won’t go to Aintree either. He is an old boy who owes us nothing, so we will probably wait and see, take our time and see what pops up for him. We don’t have any firm plans for him.”

George, who is no stranger to Cheltenham success, saddling Summerville Boy to success in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle and Polish-bred Galileo to victory in the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle, will instead rely on Come On Teddy for further Festival glory.

The eight-year-old, who is owned by the Noel Fehily Racing Syndicates, got off to a good start on his chasing debut, winning at Uttoxter in December.

Though well held by the smart L’Homme Presse at Cheltenham on New Years’ Day, he ran a fine second to Omar Maretti at Newcastle next time and will go to the Festival as a fresh horse, following a near two-month break.

Come On Teddy will go to Cheltenham a fresh horse
Come On Teddy will go to Cheltenham a fresh horse (Zac Goodwin/PA)

George said: “He is entered in both the Ultima Handicap Chase and the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Amateur Jockeys’ Handicap Chase.

“However, I don’t know if he will get into the Ultima. We will have to wait and see.”

Come On Teddy is a best-priced 16-1 for the Ultima, and 20-1 for the Kim Muir.

“The plan is to run at Cheltenham, regardless,” added George. “We are very happy with him and he is in good form.”