Richard Fahey: Ladys' day again
Richard Fahey with news on Mayson and his unmissable horse-by-horse guide to another bumper Saturday team.
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The Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock on Saturday week remains the target for Mayson and he worked well in midweek. It was always a case of going here or the Nunthorpe at York as they are relatively close together and we decided to wait for the six-furlong race. He'll be going there in grand form.
It's been hard work at the Doncaster Premier Sales this week, you realise you are a small trainer when you try and go in against the big boys for one or two of the lots. By lunch-time on Friday I'd got 10 yearlings for next year though which is encouraging although we're always looking for more.
We've two runners in the opening British Stallion Studs Supporting British Racing E.B.F. Maiden Stakes at Chester. Mirlo Blanco has been a bit disappointing and hasn't shown a great deal yet but this is his third run and it looks like he'll be going down the handicapping route.
White Coppice is a big, tall, raw horse who needs to cotton on and realise he's a racehorse. We ran him at Chester on his debut and he shaped up late to finish second in what probably wasn't a very competitive race but the experience wasn't lost on him. He has worked well and settled down at home since but may still need another run to complete his education.
I'm worried about the ground for Laudate Dominum in the Monsieur Bond European Breeders' Fund Maiden Fillies' Stakes at Beverley. I'm sure she wants a quicker surface than she's likely to get but it's been hard to find races for her and after this she'll be qualified for handicaps which opens the floodgates in terms of opportunities.
Area Fifty One isn't drawn where I'd like in 11 for the Golden Square Shopping Centre Warrington Chester Stakes. He ran very well in the Ebor but I wasn't quite sure he got home in what wasn't the strongest-run race I've ever seen so I'm still a fraction worried about the trip but he is in great order. I just hope we're not going back to the well too quickly.
Hi There is another who hasn't had much luck with the draw as he also races from 11 in the Betfred The Bonus King Handicap at Beverley. He has to be ridden for luck as he needs to be dropped in and switched off. I'd be worried about the ground getting too soft for him but he's handicapped to win if the gaps open up.
The Chester Standard Handicap is a valuable prize and I've four runners in it. I'm not bothered which one wins
as long as one of them does, although the owners would disagree!
Alejandro has found it tough this this season but shaped better the other day while Kyllachy Star is potentially very well handicapped but has been disappointing. Brae Hill has been given a break after running a little flat last time. He's had a fantastic year for us and there are a couple of big prizes for him later on while Viva Ronaldo loves the track but he very much decides when he's going to run a big one. I wouldn't like to pick between them.
We're double handed in the Betfred Mobile Lotto Handicap at Beverley. Chapter Seven has been gelded since his last run - which was needed as he was lacking in concentration. The ground will suit him here and if he's over the surgery he could run a bit better than his price suggests.
Nemushka is very talented but a little timid. She can sulk in her races but got it all together to win at Yarmouth last time and hopefully that will help her confidence. She's handicapped to win again.
Ladys First has a spot on draw in one for the Thoroughbred Breeders' Association Atalanta Stakes at Sandown. I was delighted when she won a Listed race at Haydock last time as she's a filly we've always liked and while this is another step up in class, she ought to run well again. She has a pound or two to find on official ratings with some rivals but I'll make her my Sky Bet charity bet for the weekend in the hope she can improve again.
Dusky Queen ran a solid race at Newmarket the last day in what was a funny race to watch in that the winner won by nearly four lengths and the first four were miles clear of the rest. You don't expect to see that in nurseries. She runs in the Solario Racing Twelfth Share Syndicates Nursery at Sandown and we hope she's still getting better.
Our final runner of the day is Cosmic Queen in the Stars Of The Future Apprentice Handicap at Beverley. She's a third ride for Eireann Cagney and I hope she runs well for him. There's a chance she could too in what looks a wide-open race.