Mor success hoped for at York

  • By: Richard Fahey
  • Last Updated: May 24 2013, 10:07 BST

Our columnist and top trainer Richard Fahey with all the latest on his runners at four meetings on Saturday.

  • Address Unknown: Goes for York prize
  • Garswood: Royal Ascot bound 
  • Glen's Diamond: Will be aimed at the Melbourne Cup 

I've plenty of runners around the country this weekend and some good chances too, but first a bit of stable news concerning Garswood and Glen's Diamond.

I'm happy with the former at the moment and he will be going to Royal Ascot, to run in either the St James's Palace Stakes or the Jersey Stakes.

However, I'm afraid Yorkshire Cup winner Glen's Diamond won't be going to Ascot. The owner is not keen to run him as he was injured at the track a couple of years ago.

There are not a lot of options for him but the Curragh Cup is a possibility with all roads leading to the Melbourne Cup.

Onto the weekend and I have three runners at Chester. Mandy's Choice goes in the opening Apreol Spritz British Stallion Studs E.B.F. Maiden Stakes at 1400BST.

She does not show a lot at home but tries very hard and has got a great draw in stall one. I would be surprised if she could win but she is fit and knows her job but is bred to want further. But hopefully she can go well for Dr Koukash.

Gatepost runs in the Krusovice Handicap (1510BST) and though he was a Pricewise selection the other day at the track I was a bit surprised that he went off favourite.

Six furlongs will suit him better and Jamie (Spencer) felt the other day he was a little bit fresh and boiled over so I have stuck the hood back on him. He has a good draw too in stall one.

Gabrial's Wawa is in the Russian Standard Vodka Handicap at 1720BST and he ran okay the other day at the track in fourth.

This is a little bit easier but it is still a warm contest and there could be two or three in the race that could be still on the up. If he was placed I would be delighted.

Richard Fahey on Mccarthy Mor "Mccarthy Mor is quite a nice horse and I like him. He is a big horse, by Bushranger, and he goes well. Although it is a warm maiden, I think he will run well. I make him my best chance of a winner on Saturday and he is definitely a horse for the future."
Richard Fahey on Mccarthy Mor

It is over to York now and Chester Cup winner Address Unknown runs in the Stowe Family Law LLP Grand Cup (1420BST).

I don't think the drop back in trip will bother him as he travelled well at Chester - he had a good draw that day and everything went right. He has got to step up again but it is on the back of a win but I would be a little worried if the rain came as his best form seems to be on fast ground now. He is rated 101 and there are not a lot of options so we shall see.

Strange Magic is in the Spring Sprint Handicap (1455BST) and she is not drawn where I want really in stall one.

Do I think a three-year-old filly can beat experienced handicappers like this? No, but it is somewhere to get a run into her as she is rated 95 and there are not many races for her.

She does like some juice in the ground and already has some black type so it looks an ideal starting point.

I have three runners in the Yorkshire Regiment E.B.F. Median Auction Maiden Stakes (1530BST).

Tiger Twenty Two surprised us on his debut at York. We thought we would win the race with Parbold but he is a little bit like the filly that runs at Chester in that he tries very hard. He is owned by Phil Smith who likes his horses to run at York and this is the next race for him.

Mccarthy Mor is quite a nice horse and I like him. He is a big horse, by Bushranger, and he goes well. Although it is a warm maiden, I think he will run well. I make him my best chance of a winner on Saturday and he is definitely a horse for the future.

Imshivalla is like a lot my fillies this year and is very backward in her coat. She needs a run and I would be surprised if she could finish in front of my two colts but we will see what happens.

Bridle Belle and High Office are in the York And Ryedale Domestic Appliances Handicap at 1600 and the former is in foal so we are pretty busy with her and she comes back quickly as we do not have much time with her.

She is trying to do a lifetime best here and I am claiming three pounds off her back as she is not very big and that will help her. I felt she needed the run a touch the other day and this trip will suit her better - a drop of rain will not hurt either.

High Office was a bit keen and fresh last time at York and he has a terrible draw in stall 15 so I hope they come up the middle to stands' side to help him. Both have an each-way chance.

Over to Haydock now and Gabrial's Kaka is in the betfred.com Silver Bowl Handicap at 1515.

He had to go to Chester the other day for Dr Koukash and I was disappointed with his run - but this is more his trip now although he has been placed over a mile and a quarter.

I am a bit frustrated as I hate being drawn out wide at Haydock and unless they go a gallop, it will make it tough for him. He could run into a place but he will need a bit of luck - if he hadn't had his first two runs this season I think he would have been near enough favourite.

Henry Bee is as high as he wants to be in the first division of the Betfred Mobile Lotto Handicap after he won two races last year. He is paying the penalty for that and if he was placed I would be delighted but I'd also be surprised.

Sir Reginald has a great draw in two for the Betfred Mobile Casino Handicap at 1730 but I was extremely disappointed with his last run at Pontefract.

We expected him to run well but he got stuck out on a limb a little and it didn't really happen for him. I hope he bounces back as he is in great order and is well handicapped - hopefully he can run a big race.

Finally, Flyman goes down to Goodwood for the valuable 32Red Handicap. He was second on his comeback at Doncaster and they think a lot of the winner Ebn Arab but mine is quite a lazy horse at home.

I don't think he can win a competitive handicap off a mark of 95 but he well ran first time and we were pleased so if he can build on that he must have some sort of chance.

He is a hard horse to get to grips with as he just goes through the motions here but he knows how to win with two from four starts.


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