Richard Fahey: Farlow on Hunt
Richard Fahey with a horse-by-horse guide to his Saturday runners at Newmarket, Thirsk and Doncaster.
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Diamond Creek and Billy Bond are our first runners on Saturday in the Ten To Follow Entries Close Noon Today Maiden Auction Stakes. The former goes well and has a nice draw. She’s very genuine and I’d hope she’d run ok. Billy Bond has been quite backward and may want six furlongs but he’s ready to go now. I’d be delighted if he won – but also surprised if he finished in front of the filly.
Flycatcher is a filly we like and did well to win at Beverley last time when nothing went right and she still got up. She’s progressive and there’s no reason why she won’t go on again. The 5Million totescoop6 Today Fillies' Handicap is competitive but she’s in the mix.
Our Boy Jack has a horrendous draw in the Live totescoop6 Information At totepool.com Handicap out in 14. It’s very tough to win from there – not impossible – but you need everything to go your way.
Farlow has a good draw in five for the Thirsk Hunt Cup. He won over seven furlongs at the track last time and goes back up to a mile here. He needs to step up to win off 90 but there might be more to come.
I fear Mendelita isn’t good enough to win a maiden but she needs three runs to get her handicap mark. She shows a little bit at home and goes in division one of the totepool Home Of Pool Betting Maiden Stakes.
Tiger Lilly is a daughter of Galileo who makes her debut in the Exclusive Ticket Giveaways At totepool Maiden Stakes at Thirsk. She’s a filly who probably needs to go down the handicap route but we’ll see how she goes here. We struggled with her a little as she wasn’t a great eater but she’s much better in that department now and ready to run.
Arctic Feeling ran an encouraging race at Beverley last time – and rain would help him before the Collect totepool Winnings At Betfred Shops Handicap. He doesn’t have a bad draw and is getting well handicapped but wins when he wants – not when I want him to. If it all slotted right for him here he’d have a chance.
Foxcover is a nice colt, we like him. He starts out in division two of the totepool Home Of Pool Betting Maiden Stakes and is from a very fast family. However he’s by Raven’s Pass and doesn’t shape like a sprinter at home so we’re starting him out over seven furlongs.
Eastern Impact is our runner down at Newmarket in the Harbour Watch At Tweenhills Handicap. I was really disappointed with his reappearance run at Thirsk where he didn’t travel at any stage. He was absolutely fine afterwards and is working well again now.
We are delighted with how he’s going but then again we were very happy before Thirsk and I really don’t know what happened there. It’s a bit of a watching brief with him at the moment.
We’ve seven runners at Doncaster’s evening meeting. Dolphin Village is first up in the Polonus Apprentice Handicap. He had a fantastic season last term and is ready to return. He never really shows a lot at home but the trip should suit and any rain will help.
We’re double handed in the Ice Fresh Seafood Maiden Stakes. Frosty Times is a homebred of Mr and Mrs Cotton’s and could be a horse for nurseries later in the year. He’s ready to run and we’ll see what happens.
I’d like to say Flying Machine is well named but he could probably be more of a six furlong horse. He’s another that’s ready to go and it does them no harm to have a race. I’ve no idea of the quality of this field but if it was an ordinary race he’d have a chance.
I was extremely disappointed with Roachdale House on his reappearance at Musselburgh as he’d been working well before it. We’ve decided to take him back to the track where he ran his best race last year for the Pescafria Handicap. A bit of juice in the ground will help and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him bounce back.
Right Tough is in great order and ran a good race at Ripon last time. He runs in the Arctic Warrior Handicap and is a horse we’d like to take to the Dante Meeting at York. He needs to go up a few pounds to get in there and would need to win here.
Oak Bluffs is another who I think needs to be in handicaps. He has his third run in the Samherji Maiden Stakes and we’ll see how he goes.
Finally Two Shades Of Grey runs in the Seagold Handicap. He was disappointing last season, we just felt he was a little soft and not going forward. However he did nothing wrong when winning at Ripon on his reappearance and the extra half furlong here should suit.