Richard Fahey: Gabrial can blossom
Richard Fahey with news of Mayson and Glen's Diamond and a horse-by-horse guide to his Saturday team.
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I'm delighted that Mayson will be standing as a stallion at Cheveley Park Stud next season. It's the perfect fit for him, they are a fantastic, established farm and if he doesn't make it as a sire it won't be because of where he is. I think he'll be a huge success, he should inject pace into his progeny.
He will continue to be campaigned through to the end of the season though. I entered him for the QIPCO British Champions Sprint at Ascot this week as he won't have to carry a Group One penalty in that.
The other races under consideration are the Nunthorpe at York, the Haydock Sprint Cup and the Abbaye at Longchamp and we've plenty to look forward to.
Glen's Diamond was put in the Caulfield Cup this week and he's likely to run at either the Curragh or York on his next start. He'll need to run well in whichever race he contests for us to decide to go to Australia where the Melbourne Cup could also be on the agenda.
Barefoot Lady has come out of her recent win at York in great form and she's likely to head back there for the Sky Bet Strensall Stakes at the Ebor Meeting. She's a filly who always tries her best, she's been a wonderful servant to her owners and the team here and I'm sure she'll continue to run well.
Diggory Delvet surprised me a bit when winning first-time-out but he's worked well since and that suggests it shouldn't have been a shock. He's been given a handicap mark of 77 for the Win A VIP Day Out At redcarracing.co.uk Nursery which seems steep enough but he's working well and we're happy with him.
Gabrial steps up to ten furlongs in the Talk To Victor Rose Of Lancaster Stakes at Haydock. He's out of a Mtoto mare so we'd be hopeful he'll stay and, while it's quite soon after the Sussex Stakes, he barely had a race there. He came out of it very well, he'll like the ground and must have a solid chance. I'll make him my Sky Bet charity bet of the week.
Castles In the Air is working well and looks feasibly handicapped now - but he needs to start producing it on the track. We're pleased with him at home but always have been and we're looking for more of a spark from him in the baden-racing.com Handicap at Newmarket.
Aquarian Spirit runs well at Redcar and that's very much in his favour in the John Smith's Redcar Straight-Mile Championship Handicap. He'll need to be at his best though in what looks a competitive race.
Ladys First disappointed us at Pontefract the last day and will need to be back on song in the British Stallion Studs Dick Hern E.B.F. Fillies' Stakes at Haydock. If she is she'd have a solid each-way chance on official ratings and I hope she'll run well as she's a filly we like.
We've two runners in the Market Cross Jewellers Claiming Stakes at Redcar. Ebony Clarets won a weak seller at Leicester last time but that should have boosted her confidence. Dancing Lexi has been disappointing. We thought she was going to improve as a three-year-old and was potentially well handicapped but it just hasn't happened yet.
Sabore looks to have found a relatively weak race in the Follow Redcarracing On Facebook & Twitter Median Auction Maiden Stakes but she isn't one I'd want to be taking too short a price about. She can carry her head a little high but on form has a favourite's chance and I hope she can win for the owners.
Extratressestrial, or ET as we know him in the yard, is a real favourite here. He wins a couple of races every year and he never got a run behind Lord Aeryn at Thirsk last time. He'll need more luck in the Read Hayley At racinguk.com Every Friday Handicap at Haydock but is capable of running well. He has a nice draw in two.
Cheeky Wee Red gets on well with Laura Barry and they are back together for the Gas Sure & James Frew 101 Year Handicap at Ayr. She's won three of her last four races and, while four pounds higher for her last win, should give another good account.
Orions Hero is a horse we like and he runs in the Champagne G.H. Mumm Cuvee R. Lalou/E.B.F. Maiden Stakes on the same card. We couldn't believe how badly he ran at York first-time-out but the ground was very testing that day so you can forgive him that. He's a horse with a future but I want to see more from him this time. It could be next year before we see the best of him.
Northern Jewel has been disappointing and was beaten a long way in her two races this year. We're trying cheek pieces on her in the Champagne G.H. Mumm Blanc De Blanc Handicap and I hope they have the desired effect but she needs to show more.