The Noel Fehily syndicate has been doing superbly since forming a few years back when jockey Noel Fehily started it up with friend and ambassador David Crosse, and they have a runner in the Paddy Power Novices Chase (The Dipper) to give owners a fairy-tale day at the home of National Hunt racing Cheltenham racecourse.
Come On Teddy is one of the less experienced horses in the field over the larger obstacles, with only one start over fences, but that was a decent display in what looks like a race that is going to throw up a few winners down the line.
He made a few novicey jumps that day, but what really caught the eye was how he travelled from last to first coming up the back straight.
He made smooth headway down the back straight and contested the lead with 3 to jump, then was pushed along and battled on gamely when approached by the runner up Fern Hill (Who has since come second in another red-hot novice’s race) coming up to the last but he battled on superbly to win by a neck, showing some real grit and determination considering he was slightly novicey when jumping.
As mentioned, he made a few novicey mistakes, mainly when jumping but he is expected to come on for that run and learn his job a bit more over the larger obstacles for a trainer who is very good with chasers.
It also appears that he likes Cheltenham as he won over hurdles in December last year and was a fantastic 3rd in the Pertemps Final at the Cheltenham festival last season, that was a huge run in a red-hot contest.
With normal progression to come and the experience under his belt for fences, he will run a big race in this at a venue that clearly suits his running style