Fahey eyes skies for raiding duo
Richard Fahey is keeping a close eye on the Paris rainfall for differing reasons ahead of Sandiva and Garswood's assignments at Longchamp on Sunday.
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Sandiva is due to run in the Group One Prix Marcel Boussac over a mile and, with her stamina for the distance unproven, any significant rain would possibly be detrimental to her chances.
"We'll see how the French form stacks up against ours in the race," Fahey told sportinglife.com. "I'm more concerned about what the ground will be at the moment.
"She wouldn't want extremely heavy ground, so I hope the rainfall is minimal in the coming days. At least we're the second race on the card and we'll be racing on fresh ground, so hopefully it won't be too bad."
Other than the possibility of rain-sodden ground, Fahey has been very happy with Sheikh Joaan Bin Hamad Al Thani's filly since she took the step up to seven furlongs in her stride in the PMU Prix Du Calvados.
"I've been delighted with her since Deauville, she's maturing and growing all of the time and we're all very happy with her.
"Frankie [Dettori] was very keen to go for the Prix Marcel Boussac as he thinks she's ready for a mile now. She's got plenty of speed but she relaxes well and though it's a step into the unknown we think she'll be fine.
"She has a touch of class and she could be a very good filly for next year - hopefully she'll be a very good filly on Sunday."
The Malton handler has two big guns strutting their stuff in Paris at the weekend with Garswood set to line up in the Prix de la Foret, with any rain sure to be of a benefit to him.
"I still think he's a Group One horse, whether he'll prove it this year or next year I don't know and the forecast rain will suit him, as will the step back up in trip," Fahey said.
"He's a big, late maturing horse and I'm looking forward to getting him back on the track as his last race was frustrating.
"His race was over after four strides in the Betfred Sprint Cup, but at least he finished well. You can't give up ground like that in a Group One sprint but we've had him in the stalls since and I'm sure there will be no issues there.
"It's a hot race and I've great respect for Moonlight Cloud who is a wonderful filly, but it's just nice to be competing against top-class horses like her."
*Richard Fahey will give you full the lowdown on Sandiva and Garswood in his regular Friday column, as well as his thoughts on his domestic team for Saturday's racing around the UK.