Richard Fahey: Parbold returns

  • Last Updated: May 16 2014, 19:41 BST

Our star columnist Richard Fahey with an unmissable horse-by-horse guide to his Saturday team.

  • Parbold: Fact-finding mission (Sal Smithson - www.richardfahey.com)
  • Polski Max: Encouraging recent signs (Sal Smithson - www.richardfahey.com) 
  • Royal Connoisseur: Back to turf (Sal Smithson - www.richardfahey.com) 
  • Elizabeth Ernest: Runs in stronger division (Sal Smithson - www.richardfahey.com) 

I was disappointed with Parbold’s first run of the season in the Free Handicap but he was trying to give six pounds to the winner who went on to finish fourth in the 2000 Guineas. I thought he’d win that day and we’re on a bit of a fact-finding mission in the Tamdown King Charles II Stakes back at Newmarket. We do think he’s a very good horse but he needs to prove it out on the track.

Eastern Impact runs in the coral.co.uk Sprint Trophy which is a competitive handicap, it’s a decent pot for six furlong three-year-old sprinters. He ran a decent race there the last day, probably a bit better than the finishing position would suggest, and I’m sure he has an each-way chance here.

Sir Reginald is a horse who I’ve always thought had a big handicap in him. He ran no sort of race at Haydock last time but can do that and bounce back. Paul Hanagan gets on well with him and he’s in great form at home but needs everything to fall right. If it does it would be no surprise to see him bounce back in the Betfred Astronomical 10 Million Scoop6 Today Handicap at Newbury.

Is Ventura Shadow ready to win division one of the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden Fillies' Stakes at Thirsk on debut? Probably not. She’s’ quite a nice, big horse who is ready to run. I’d be a little surprised if she won but if it’s an on ordinary race she’d have half a chance.

Division two looks the warmer heat. If Elizabeth Ernest ran in the other race I’d have fancied her but Kevin Ryan’s filly Al Ghuwariyah will be hard to beat here. My horse will win her maiden and if the favourite runs badly she might be there to pick up the pieces.

Lord Aeyrn is becoming a bit of a pain. He keeps running well but doesn’t go up or down in the handicap. Everyone knows what he is, but he’ll run his race in the Marion Gibson Brown Memorial Handicap. Justonefortheroad won a seller last time and we stick blinkers back on here. If they help him step up he’d have a chance and I wouldn’t like to say which of mine will finish in front of the other.

We’ve two in the Market Cross Jewellers Handicap and they both have fantastic draws. Polski Max for some reason just hasn’t been firing this year, he’s been backward in his coat but looks to have just started to come to himself. He worked well the other day so we decided to give him a spin. It’s a bit of a watching brief but if he came back to form he’d have a real chance.

Arctic Feeling is extremely well handicapped and is in great order at home. I was disappointed with him here last time but I wouldn’t be totally shocked to see him bounce back.

Kalahari Kingdom ran a little better here last week but didn’t go through with his run. Sammy Bell did nothing wrong, came with a lovely run on him but just felt he pulled up stumps and didn’t go through with it. He again has cheek pieces on in the Don't Miss 'Champagne Tuesday' 17th June Handicap and has the ability to go close – but needs to put it all in.

The Robinsons Of Bawtry Maiden Auction Stakes at Doncaster is quite a warm race but Bahamian Sunrise didn’t handle Ripon at all last time and he’ll definitely run better here. Whether that’s good enough to win though remains to be seen but you’ll definitely see an improved display.

Royal Connoisseur should win a maiden. He got beat at 1/3 on the all-weather last time when I thought he’d win. I’m hoping that was down to not handling the surface. He has the rating to win the China Rose Of Bawtry Median Auction Maiden Stakes , he looks the one to beat, but after the last day there is a question mark.

Time And Place is a horse I love but his form doesn’t really reflect what we see at home. If he got it all together it would be no surprise to see him win the Incognito's Dressy Dames Handicap but I’ve been saying that every time he runs.