Richard Fahey: Lady the pick
We'll start the column with a bit of news on a couple of our stable stars.
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Mayson is going to work on Sunday morning but it's a case of so far, so good with him. He's in great form and looks an absolute picture and the Prix de l'Abbaye at Longchamp on Sunday week remains a potential target. He is also in the big sprint on Champions Day at Ascot and will run in one of the two.
We had contemplated running Barefoot Lady in New York this weekend but decided against it and she's stayed at Woodbine where she's being targeted at the EP Taylor Stakes. She's eating well and has settled in very nicely to her new surroundings which is very encouraging.
With Ripon abandoned we're a little light on runners on Saturday.
Dutch Heritage is first up in the Gordon Sanderson's Big Birthday Dash Handicap at Haydock. He's a funny horse who tails himself off and comes home strongly. He's well handicapped but is throwing his races away at the start. It would be nice if he jumped out, raced properly and did everything right but we can't trust him to do that.
Monkey Bar Flies was very disappointing at Chepstow last time, we took four horses down there and none of them ran their race that day. He's back in the Eversheds Nursery at Chester. He needs to bounce back and I'm not sure how he'll cope with the heavy ground but there aren't many opportunities left for him him so he'll run. He could have been better drawn.
Lady Loch has been very disappointing, her work companions have been Barefoot Lady and Ladys First and she goes well with them too. She's a funny filly who doesn't like to be crowded so for her she's drawn quite well in the E.B.F. Stainless Wire 'Reprocolor' Fillies' Handicap at Haydock. She drops out and stays on strongly and as I say she has plenty of ability. I hope she runs well and will make her my each-way Sky Bet charity bet.
Cosmic Sun had a year off with a slight leg injury and showed nothing on his first run back. He's out again in the Nationwide Platforms Handicap but we've struggled to get him fit and the handicapper has him too. I can't believe he was only dropped two pounds for his last run and it would be a pleasant surprise if he won this.
Marwan Khoukash was keen to have a runner in the Sportingbet Handicap at Chester and picked Kimbali. I'm not sure he'll stay and he needs to settle early and come home for all he has no weight.
We also run Eastern Destiny who is a filly we like. She did well to win the other day at the track and will have improved for that but she'll need to - this is a competitive little heat.
Finally we have two runners in the E.B.F. Geoff Croft 60th/Judith McKenna Memorial Maiden Stakes at Haydock. Again it's a race Marwan is keen to win and there isn't much between Gabrial The Master and Gabrial The Thug. They both ran well on debut and it will all depend on who handles the heavy ground best. I wouldn't like to split them.