Richard Fahey: Farlow leads way
Our star columnist Richard Fahey goes through his team for the first two days of the Ayr Western Meeting.
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McCarthy Mor is first out of the blocks on Friday in the British Stallion Studs E.B.F Maiden Stakes. He was very disappointing at York first time out as he's a horse we like. He has a terrible draw here but I really want to see him run a race. I'm just a fraction worried about the ground though as he's a really good moving horse.
Foxy Clarets is a very hard horse to read. He's a little in and out, running two huge races in valuable sales events at York and Doncaster, but being beaten at odds-on at Sandown in between when hanging badly and doing everything wrong.
I'm not being unkind when I say he's been a little thick in terms of learning things but is working well ahead of the Al Maktoum College Nursery.
We also run Gym Shoes who ran well at Ascot last time. The owner lives nearby and loves runners at Ayr and this horse is perfectly entitled to have a tilt in a very open race.
The BAM Properties Ltd Handicap is another lottery race with just the 27 runners.
Bispham Green is another we're slightly worried about the ground with. He had a wind operation and might just have needed his last run. He wears a tongue tie here and will be winning races - it would be nice if it was this one!
Strange Magic will love the ground and is well handicapped on her old form. She'd definitely have a squeak but it's impossible to be too confident given the field size and confusion over where you want to be drawn.
Back Lane is a good, hardy horse who has done nothing wrong. He needs to step up again by ten or 12 pounds in the Shadwell Stud/E.B.F. Stallions Harry Rosebery Stakes but he is a very professional horse who tries very hard.
I thought Flashman was going to win at York last time only for the leader to find more when he joined him. He's done nothing wrong and would have to be a player in the UAE Handicap.
We didn't get the final field for the William Hill Bronze Cup through until around 1145 on Thursday. I thought we'd only get two in it - but we have five.
All have chances of sorts but If I had to pick one it would be Farlow. Soft ground is right for him here as he needs a stiff test at six but if he's back to his best then he'd definitely have a squeak under Paul. Hanagan.
I have Ingleby Symphony down as a disappointing filly. We've shoved blinkers on her in the Lowmac Recycling Handicap. She worked well in them the other morning and would be a leading player if they bring her back to her early form.