Richard Fahey: Wyld about fire
Richard Fahey runs the rule over his Saturday team across the country while he also has news on his stable stars.
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It was a huge disappointment that we had to rule Mayson out of the Betfred Sprint Cup with a dirty scope. We'd been delighted with his preparation but these things happen. It's better to find out now rather than run him and for it to surface afterwards.
It shouldn't be a major problem and is something we can get on top of straight away before having a crack at another big prize with him before the end of the season.
Barefoot Lady, as I type this, is heading out to Canada. There are two races for her, a $300,000 contest called the Canadian on the 16th of this month. She gets a seven pounds allowance in that which obviously helps. If everything goes well she'll stay out there for the EP Taylor in October.
Another Claret is our first runner in division one of the Thirsk Racecourse Pavilion For Wedding Receptions Maiden Auction Stakes. He ran a nice race on debut and will improve for it. He's going to develop into a good, hardy, north of England horse but there's rivals rated 79 and 77 in here and I'm not sure he's up to that standard just yet.
Bispham Green is a horse who's improving as the year goes on. He's been backward but is getting stronger all the time and is closer to being the finished article. He'd have a squeak in the Argento Wine Nursery at Ascot. It's a brave shout to say he's going to win but he's improving with his rating and the track and trip are spot on.
We felt Gabrial didn't stay for all he was a little disappointing over ten furlongs last time so we're dropping him back in trip for the Celebrating 45 Years Of Betfred Superior Mile. It's a tight little race on ratings but our horse is in great order at home and I hope he runs well.
Wyldfire is a horse who needs a little managing. He's been a little keen and wants to do too much but will knock into a nice horse one day. He'll come on a ton for his debut run and while we have to protect him and teach him how to race, he looks to have a solid chance in the Irish Stallion Farms E.B.F. Maiden Stakes. He's my Sky Bet charity bet this week.
Honeymead is well handicapped right now but the poor girl just needs a bit of luck. I'd be worried if it got too firm at Ascot for the Ritz Club Fillies' Handicap but she'd have a chance there and looks ready to win again. We just need everything to fall right for her.
In the absence of Mayson, Majestic Myles is our representative in the Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock. He's got to step right up on what he's achieved before and the best we can hope for is probably a place but he's a cracking horse, very genuine and one who loves his racing.
As for the race itself, Ortensia's going to be very hard to beat. Paul Messara was very worried about the ground at York for her before the Nunthorpe so she's going to be even better on Saturday with the current conditions. Don't underestimate Bated Breath either. He was undone by the ground at York, and raced away from the main action, but he ran very well in this last year and is another who likes the quick ground. Those two look sure to be there or thereabouts.
Castles In The Air has been disappointing this year. We don't feel he's a back number at home, he's working really well but it hasn't quite happened on the track. He ran okay the other day but needs to be back to his best for the Fly London Southend Airport Handicap. I think he still has the ability to run well.
High Office runs in the Betfred Mobile Lotto Old Borough Cup Handicap at Haydock. We've been trying him over a few trips this season and are now taking a punt this is his best one - in what looks an open race.
Roc de Prince doesn't have a great draw in the Hambleton Cup at Thirsk. He could be a nice horse in time but has been backward, hence the fact he's only had three runs. He's getting better and better but for disappointing a little at Ripon last time, but I'll always forgive a horse a poor run there as some just don't act on the track. He should be more at home at Thirsk on Saturday.
Grey Street ran terribly first-time-out, we couldn't believe it. She probably ran with the choke out that day and did everything the wrong way round. So we decided to drop her in at Ripon the next day and she came through to win her race, which wasn't a huge surprise to us. She's been working well since, is a filly we like, and the handicapper has given her a bit of a chance off 74 in the Betfred 'Bonus King Bingo' Nurseryat Haydock. She's a big, scopey sort should keep improving.
Our Boy Jack has been busy this year and turns out again in the Personal Touches Diamond Handicap at Thirsk. It's a competitive little race but should be for the money and my fella would have a chance of being placed - if not winning - if things fall right. He's as high as he'd want to be in the ratings though.
I thought Flashman ran a blinder at York. He was on his head most of the way but kept plugging away. In time he'll be a two mile horse but he's progressed all year, going from winning a maiden handicap to finishing fifth in the Melrose. He'll improve again next year too and he runs in the Play Rainbow Riches At Betfred Handicap at Haydock.
I didn't want to see Sunnyside Tom drawn 15 for the Adorn Hats Handicap but he is. You can sometimes overcome it by dropping in if they go quick and spread out a bit up front. That said I'd love to have been in a lower stall and been able to ride him handy as he gets the trip well and is in good order.
Giorgio's Dragon has been a frustrating horse and been second in his last two races, contests I thought he could and perhaps should have won. He didn't have a great draw the last day and is a well handicapped horse, he's just one I'd like to have seen get his head in front. He has another go in the Richard Ellis 40th Birthday Handicap at Thirsk.
Finally we've two runners in the Cleanevent Claiming Stakes at Wolverhampton. Fishforcompliments is a horse I love to bits, he's a complete star. I thought he was coming to win the other day - and while he isn't one to trust, he gives his owners plenty of fun and something to shout about. He's always got a chance but it would be a very brave shout to say he was going to win.
Kimbali would hold a serious chance on his best form but he's been a little disappointing for all this is a drop in grade.