Richard Fahey: Baccarat going for Gold
Richard Fahey guides us through his team for Saturday with runners at Ayr, Newbury and Catterick.
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We've another busy day ahead on Saturday with plenty of runners around the country including three in the opening Sked Construction - Concrete's What We Do Nursery.
None of the trio will mind the ground. Shot In the Sun has been running consistently well but would be vulnerable to an improver. Latenightrequest has been a slow learner who has been raw and green but ran better than the finishing position would suggest at Doncaster. She was stopped at a vital stage and I wouldn't draw a line through her.
However if I had to select one of my three it would be Tiger Twenty Two. He'll love the ground and while he's won at six furlongs, is bred to stay this mile well. He could easily improve for the step up in trip.
We're trying to pick up a bit more black type with Romantic Settings in the Listed William Hill - Bet On The Move Doonside Cup Stakes. Look at the ratings and she's up against it but ten furlongs on soft ground is what she wants.
Sir Reginald is right back to his best and it was great to see him win at Doncaster. I know he's dropping slightly in trip for the William Hill Silver Cup but he'd have won at any distance last week.
Polski Max also runs and he's had a fantastic season. He's just started to creep back down the weights again and will love the ground. It'd be no surprise to see him run a very big race too.
We've three in the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup and I'd have to say Baccarat would be our leading hope. This race has been his target for a long time and if he reproduces on the track what we see at home then my other two won't beat him.
However we know that doesn't always happen although his work is still getting better and better. I just hope the ground doesn't get too testing for him. I really fancied Mayson for the race the other year and couldn't believe it when he was beaten but he couldn't lift his feet out of the heavy ground on the day. It can happen but Baccarat should handle the surface providing it doesn't get desperate.
Heaven's Guest has had a long season and we're just a little worried he could have gone over the top. The owners are keen to have a crack and why not? His work continues to be good.
Majestic Myles is very, very well handicapped on his best form. The plan was always to come here but we were worried he wasn't going to get in. The problem is he's totally out of form and we can't find out why. We gave him a thorough check over after his last run, from top to bottom, and nothing came to light.
He goes well on the gallops at home and ran a cracker in this race a couple of years ago from near top weight. This time around he's at the foot of the handicap.
It was good to see Brae Hill run so well at Chester last time, after his confidence-boosting win down in grade the time before. He's in good order and the William Hill - iPhone, iPad, iPad Mini Ayrshire Handicap looks a good fit for him, if, as we hope, he's getting back towards his best.
Justonefortheroad has been extremely disappointing - but the ground will suit him in the Microtech Support Handicap. He hasn't had his surface all year - until the last day at Ripon - where he ran badly and that's the worry. We can offer no excuses for that run but back to his best he'd have a real chance here.
We've two in the Jordan Electrics Ltd Handicap. High Office has been running well all year and the handicapper has given him a chance. One mile five round here is exactly where he wants to be going.
Eric The Grey finally got his head in front at Thirsk the other day and if he steps up on that, and has got some confidence, I wouldn't put anyone off him either.
I'm really looking forward to running Supplicant in the Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes. He's a wonderful horse and one who is improving all the time. He's a real professional and six furlongs on soft ground is where I want him. You could argue he's unlucky almost not to be unbeaten and while he has 5lb to find with one or two of these on official ratings I really don't think that's out of the question.
Rufford also runs and is a very nice horse who just messed about in the stalls and was slowly away in the big sales race at York. He still finished fifth and deserves a crack at a race like this.
We've two runners heading down to Newmarket. Regiment will hopefully go better than at Doncaster last week when he unseated rider leaving the stalls... He's in the 100,000 Tattersalls Millions Median Auction Trophyand looks up against it but has ability and there's a lot of money on offer.
Nashville has won two small races for us but the Betfred Cesarewitch Trial is a step up in class for him. The positive is he'll definitely stay the trip but he's not straightforward - that said, if he decides it's a going day he'd have place claims.
Over at Catterick Royal Connoisseur runs in the opening British Stallion Studs E.B.F. Maiden Stakes. He was really disappointing on debut as he's a horse we really like. He just hit the lids and did too much. He needs to chill out and relax. If he does he'll run okay here.
The 2013 Catterick Twelve Furlong Series Final is a valuable pot. Both Dolphin Village and Bayan Kasigra are qualified for it and won on their last starts. I wouldn't like to separate them but both have decent chances in a warm little heat. May the best horse win.
Viva Ronaldo is the best handicapped horse in the yard. He'd be an absolute certainty for the Book Now For Saturday 19th October Handicap if anywhere near his best. Sadly it isn't that simple. He consented to get going when it was all too late last time and finished third. I really hope he decides this is the day.