Richard Fahey: Super Saturday
Richard Fahey's horse-by-horse guide to his team for Newbury, Thirsk and Wolverhampton on Saturday.
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The turf season goes up a gear on Saturday and Dutch Courage faces a tough return in the Dubai Duty Free Stakes at Newbury.
We are happy with her but she has to step up on what she’s shown before to be competitive. We’re very hopeful she can, we think she’s a Black Type filly, and we’ll know a lot more about where we’re going for the rest of the season after Saturday.
Supplicant runs in a very warm renewal of the Aon Greenham Stakes. It’s almost like a mini 2000 Guineas. We have to run here, there are so few options for a Group Two winner and we want to start him out over seven furlongs to get an idea of how far he can stay. He’s in the English and German 2000 Guineas and he won’t mind the ground at Newbury.
I have to say I was a fraction disappointed with Gabrial’s Kaka in the William Hill Lincoln. He had a good preparation, was working well and we fancied him but Tony said he ran with the choke out and was always doing too much. In the end he didn’t get home. Hopefully that run will have taken the freshness out of him and he’ll be more settled and relaxed in the Berry Bros & Rudd Magnum Spring Cup. He needs to bounce back here and I hope he can.
We have a fair team heading to Thirsk starting with Royal Connoisseur in the New Premier 'Shrimp & Stirrup Bar' Median Auction Maiden Stakes. He was very keen last year and we had a few problems with him but he’s been a different horse this spring. I hope he runs well here – he has the form to do so.
We have two in the Injured Jockeys' Fund 50th Anniversary Year Handicap. I thought Farlow ran a strange race in the Spring Mile at Doncaster, and hand on heart I was a little disappointed with him. However he came home well and continues to be in great order at home. We might be more positive with him here.
Dusky Queen is a good, reliable filly but the handicapper could just about have her. She may need this first run a little too.
Baccarat returns over seven furlongs in the ebfstallions.com Michael Foster EBF Conditions Stakes, a trip he’s won over. It looks the ideal place to start and is a very tight race on official ratings, as it should be. Our fellow should go well.
Bayan Kasirga had a fantastic season last year and has done really well over the winter. She’s back in the New 'Thomas Lord Dine & View Restaurant' Handicap but again I’m a fraction worried she might just need this first run back.
Eastern Impact hurt himself in the National Stakes at Sandown which is why he only ran twice last year. He’s in very good order now and is a very genuine horse with loads of speed. He goes in the Donate 5 - Text IJF To 70800 Handicap and it’s a big day for him as I’d like to be heading to the bigger tracks for the valuable sprint handicaps afterwards. He’s fit and well.
I’m a little worried about the ground drying up for Diamond Blue in the second division of the Jack Berry House Handicap. That said I’m happy with her, she’s working well and in good order.
Finally Our Boy Jack goes to Wolverhampton for the Ladbrokes Handicap. I wanted to take him to Thirsk but he was balloted out there and does have a bit of form on the all-weather. He is what he is, with no secrets from the handicapper.