Richard Fahey: Queen can star
Richard Fahey with a horse-by-horse guide to his team for the final day of York's Dante Meeting.
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We’ve a nice team in action on the final day of the York Dante Festival.
Zuhoor Baynoona is a lovely filly who won very well on her debut at Yarmouth. I’m not sure what she beat that day but we’ve always liked her and she’s going well at home ahead of the Langleys Solicitors LLP EBF Stallions Marygate Stakes. It’s a tough race, very open, but I hope she’ll run well and we’ll know a lot more about her afterwards.
Duke Of Clarence ran very well in the Chester Cup but just didn’t stay. Three out I thought he was sure to be involved in the finish. He’s back in trip for the sportingbet.com Jorvik Stakes and if over his exertions could go well.
Glen’s Diamond has won and been second in the last two runnings of the Sky Bet Yorkshire Cup so obviously we were always heading back there. He missed a gallop because of a stone bruise in his preparation but is ready to go now. It looks a tough race though.
Dutch Courage is a filly we’ve always liked. She was a fraction disappointing at Newbury first time out when just too fresh and keen for her own good. She’ll be better today with that run under belt and I’d like to think she’s capable of running a big race in the Irish Champions Weekend Fillies' Stakes.
Canyari is a horse we always liked last season but he had a setback after his second start. He was too keen on his reappearance and should be better for that run and I’m looking forward to seeing him run in the Ralph Rimmer Memorial Stakes. It’s a very competitive race though and I know one or two of the others are very highly regarded.
We have another runner in the race with Skye’s The Limit who won at Nottingham last time and is a nice three-year-old sprinter. Stall one would be a worry for him though.
The EBF Stallions Breeding Winners ripleycollection.com Fillies' Handicap has been the plan for Dusky Queen for some time and I think she’ll run very well. She needs to step up on her reappearance run at Thirsk but looks to hold a solid chance.
Innocent Touch won over nine furlongs last time but we knew he needed to win somewhere to get into the Racing At York YorkRacecourseTips.co.uk Handicap. The mile-and-a-half here is a step into the unknown but I’m hoping it will suit him.
We’ve a couple of runners at Newmarket this afternoon too. Dutch Party is a filly we like who makes her debut for Cheveley Park in the Chemtest EBF Stallions Maiden Fillies' Stakes. She’ll win races but I’m just a bit worried about being drawn one. Two-year-olds drawn on the outside of the field can veer away from their rivals when the stalls open and the race is over for them from that point.
Finally Burtonwood runs in the Barker Storey Matthews Novice Stakes. He scrambled home at Nottingham last time from a filly of ours who has won since and I think he’ll be much happier over six furlongs on decent ground here. It looks a good race though with three other previous winners and some well-bred newcomers.