Richard Fahey: Lord it up at York

  • By: Richard Fahey
  • Last Updated: August 23 2012, 6:09 BST

Richard Fahey with a guide to his team for the second day of York's Ebor Festival plus news on Mayson's chances of running in the Nunthorpe.

Richard Fahey: Our columnist has a big team in action at York this week

York Ebor Festival week is a big one for us at Musley Bank and though we've plenty of horses going into their races with chances it will be tough to get a winner.

We get all excited and then see the entries and we cool down a little bit. It's great, competitive racing and though it's hard to pinpoint my best chance hopefully something will do the business for us.

We could have our July Cup winner Mayson going for further Group One glory in the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes on Friday, but I have to say it's unlikely he'll run at this moment in time.

I'm not worried about the ground, but I am worried about the combination of the drop back to a sharp five furlongs and the fast ground. If it was run over six furlongs he'd be running, but the Haydock race is only a few weeks away so we have to think about that.

I'll go to the wire with it and just see, if we get a load of rain and it's looking like a soft ground Nunthorpe we could be tempted.

Richard Fahey "Having said that, he's (Lord Aeryn) never been better, we've got a decent draw and with a bit of luck in running he has a small chance. He'll be my £50 charity bet with Sky Bet."
Richard Fahey


Woodland Mill and Polski Max go in the DBS Premier Yearling Stakes and strictly on form they're not good enough. There's 10 prizes there and if they could pick up some money that would be great. They need to step up on what they've done to have a real say and there wouldn't be a lot between them. Woodland Mill was a little bit disappointing at Ripon but I'm blaming the track for that so we'll see what happens.

Lord Aeryn is in great form ahead of the Betfair - Don't Settle For Less Handicap. He won at Thirsk the other day but he's got to step up again in what is a very competitive race. Having said that, he's never been better, we've got a decent draw and with a bit of luck in running he has a small chance. He'll be my £50 charity bet with Sky Bet.

Cracking Lass returns from a long absence in the British Stallion Studs Supporting British Racing E.B.F. Galtres Stakes.We tried to get her in foal but that didn't work out so we've got her back in training. I'm a fraction worried we might just need it, but she seems in great order and she's fit and well.

And finally, Honeymead is in great order ahead of the EBF Fillies Handicap. She's drawn a little bit wider than I'd like but they should come up the middle and that will level it out. She's another with a small place chance. It depends what the ground is like, she'd love a bit of rain.

Richard will be back on Friday with news on his Friday runners at York as well as a guide to his Saturday team around the country.