Take the County road

  • By: Nick Robson
  • Last Updated: March 25 2014, 15:24 GMT

Fayette County is Nick Robson's nap for Tuesday's racing action - he has a pick for every race on the three UK cards.

Tim Vaughan: Trains Fayette County
Tim Vaughan: Trains Fayette County

CHEPSTOW: 2.00 FAYETTE COUNTY (NAP), 2.30 El Macca, 3.00 Tokyo Javilex, 3.35 Our Phylli Vera, 4.10 Thundering Home, 4.45 Cruchain, 5.15 Minella Present.

FONTWELL: 2.10 Elegant Olive, 2.40 Dynamic Idol, 3.10 Arthur's Oak, 3.45 Smart Exit, 4.20 Sudden Wish, 4.55 Sablazo, 5.25 Exitas.

SOUTHWELL: 2.20 Solarmaite, 2.50 Ridgeway Storm, 3.25 Imaginary Diva, 4.00 Tarrafal, 4.35 Lyric Street, 5.05 Sir Frank Morgan, 5.35 Alumina.

DOUBLE: Fayette County and Tarrafal.

Fayette County can carry on the good work by claiming back-to-back victories when he runs at Chepstow on Tuesday.

The seven-year-old is owner JP McManus' first horse with trainer Tim Vaughan and they look set for some good days together.

Runner-up in a hot race on his hurdling bow at Carlisle in October, Fayette County then struck on his debut in the green and gold silks of McManus at Taunton in February.

He took quite a while to settle at the Somerset venue, but Fayette County still proved far too good for Vicente, who won well at Wincanton on Sunday.

While he is a chaser in the making, races like the Play Burning Desire At 32Red Novices' Hurdle at Chepstow are vital for his education.

Our Phylli Vera is on a hat-trick in the 32Red For Microgaming Games Mares' Handicap Hurdle and looks a good bet to bring it up.

She has won twice at Plumpton and is clearly on a roll.

Dynamic Idol should also be followed in the 32Red for Microgaming Games Handicap Chase at Fontwell.

Trained in West Sussex by Gary Moore, the seven-year-old was a big eyecatcher upon his return to action at Plumpton earlier in the month following a long absence.

Having his first start since January 2013, he was not entirely foot-perfect on just his third start over fences but still gave grizzled old-timer Nozic a good run for his money in a two-mile-one-furlong handicap chase.

With improvement from that virtually a given, he should still be competitive off a revised mark of 105.

This longer trip is also likely to play to his strengths, while Moore has always considered this one a good-ground performer - even though he won in a Lingfield bog last year.

Mark Johnston is relentlessly churning out the winners and looks set for another good day at Southwell.

The Middleham man appears to have found the right race for Tarrafal to break his duck in the 32Red Burning Desire Slot Maiden Stakes.

The three-year-old Shamardal colt, unraced at two, is very choicely bred as he is out of Cape Verdi, who won the 1000 Guineas for Godolphin.

It must be slightly disappointing for Sheikh Mohammed's Darley breeding operation that Tarrafal is only competing at this level but these Johnston horses have a habit of improving rapidly and he could do just that once the turf season starts.

In his two spins at Wolverhampton, third of four on his debut and second of four last time out, he has shown a level of ability without suggesting he is going to be a star.

He was, however, giving 5lb to the winner the last day, a filly who had a rating of 74 going into the contest and on any given day that would equate to a performance decent enough to win a Southwell maiden.

Tarrafal still looked green in front so when the penny finally drops he might be decent.

Johnston could also be on the mark with Sir Frank Morgan in the 32Red On The App Store Handicap.

As a two-year-old, the son of Montjeu looked like being one of the worst horses through Johnston's hands, finishing last of eight at Bath, fifth of five at Ayr and 13th of 14 at Nottingham.

He then missed the whole of 2013, reappeared at Wolverhampton earlier this month and won by over three lengths at 7-2.

Joe Fanning suggested that gelding him had helped him grow up and it must be said he was winning at a lowly level.

He then won under a penalty a week later and needs to defy another penalty, but he looks the type the yard excel with.

Ridgeway Storm looks an interesting type in the coral.co.uk Best Odds Guaranteed On Racing Median Auction Maiden Stakes.

He may have only finished fourth of six on his debut at Newmarket in August but it looked a decent contest with the form working out well.

That was last August so he has a lengthy absence to overcome but unless Andrew Balding's newcomer From Frost is pretty smart, he may not have much to beat.

  • Posted at 1125 GMT on 24/03/2014.