Fahey on the prowl at Wolves
Anita Chambers previews today's meetings in the UK and Ireland.
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ASCOT: 12.55 Shuh Shuh Gah, 1.30 Restless Harry, 2.05 Lordofthehouse, 2.40 Kapga De Cerisy, 3.15 Brackloon High, 3.50 Petit Robin.
DUNDALK: 6.00 Beau Satchel, 6.30 Greek Canyon, 7.00 Lily Of Kenmare, 7.30 Mona Brown, 8.00 Coppertop, 8.30 Elusive Express, 9.00 First Friday, 9.25 Nanton.
FFOS LAS: Abandoned.
HAYDOCK: 12.45 Hollo Ladies, 1.20 Domtaline, 1.55 Super Duty, 2.30 Clondaw Kaempfer, 3.05 Gevrey Chambertin, 3.40 Vinstar.
WOLVERHAMPTON: 4.10 Cookie Crumbles, 4.40 Rich Again, 5.10 Ninfea, 5.40 Mojo Bear, 6.10 Tatting, 6.40 DOCS LEGACY (NAP), 7.10 Yeomanoftheguard, 7.40 Glass Mountain.
DOUBLE: Docs Legacy and Lordofthehouse.
Richard Fahey is expected to enjoy a fruitful day at the office with two live chances at Wolverhampton on Friday.
Docs Legacy leads the charge for the Musley Bank handler in the 32Red Handicap after a couple of decent placed efforts on the turf towards the backend of the campaign.
The three-year-old won at this venue on his only all-weather start to date last year but was limited to just four outings during the summer.
Second on his return in July, he subsequently flopped at Newbury before redeeming himself with two more placed efforts on testing ground in October.
He bumped into the well-handicapped First Mohican on one of those occasions and his revised mark of 77, a 5lb hike, certainly represents the worth of that form.
Docs Legacy will obviously have to improve again to score off that mark but he seems to come into his own at this time of year and can go well back on the Polytrack.
Yeomanoftheguard can make it a double for Fahey in the first division of the 32Red Casino Handicap.
He was third on both his outings last term but was then off the track for 363 days before returning to action at Dunstall Park last month.
That reappearance hardly went to plan as he dropped his rider on the way to the start and completed a full circuit before he was finally caught.
His pre-race antics make his hard-fought half-length verdict all the more meritorious and his initial rating of 66 could turn out to be reasonably lenient.
Nicky Henderson is another trainer who should visit the winner's enclosure, with Petit Robin taken to star at Ascot.
The nine-year-old was good enough to finish second in the Tingle Creek a couple of years ago but a shoulder injury he sustained in a fall at Ascot in January 2011 kept him off the track for well over a year.
He was hardly disgraced in three return efforts over hurdles towards the end of the last National Hunt season and was noted running particularly well when fifth in the Swinton in May.
Henderson sticks to the smaller obstacles for now and Petit Robin is taken to score his first win since a Grade Two chase success in 2009 in the Canaccord Genuity Handicap Hurdle.
Lordofthehouse turned into a difficult customer on the level, refusing to race twice and he looked like repeating that trick when switched to hurdles at Wetherby.
However, despite being left some 20 lengths at the start, Tom George's charge quickly warmed to his task, made up the ground and eventually won by a comfortable five lengths.
As a half-brother to George Washington and Grandera, he was never going to be straightforward but he certainly has plenty of talent and should emerge victorious in the Felix Rosenstiel's Widow & Son Introductory Hurdle.
Domtaline can do the business in the Wingate Signs & Graphics Graduation Chase at Haydock, while Full Of Joy should go well in the Davies Pharmacy Group Handicap Chase at Ffos Las.