Noel Fehily to have final rides on Saturday

Noel Fehily after winning on Eglantine Du Seuil at Cheltenham

Noel Fehily will have his final rides before retirement at Newbury on Saturday.

The leading rider made the shock announcement his career was coming to an end after steering the Willie Mullins-trained Eglantine Du Seuil to a narrow victory at the Cheltenham Festival on Thursday.

At the time Fehily did not give a retirement date, but took to Twitter on Monday morning to confirm he will hang up his saddle this weekend.

Fehily posted: “Thanks very much for all the very kind messages since I announced my plans to retire from riding. My last day in the saddle will be at Newbury next Saturday (March 23). I’m going to miss it!”

Fehily, who has won the Champion Hurdle twice on Rock On Ruby and Buveur D’Air, as well as the Champion Chase on Special Tiara, has been struggling with illness this season.

In January the 43-year-old had his appendix removed but suffered complications and needed to return to hospital.