Richard Fahey: Shot at prize

  • Last Updated: May 23 2014, 9:51 BST

Sandiva doesn’t go to Ireland this weekend because we were always a little wary of the ground. The Coronation at Royal Ascot would be an option next – and she’s also in a Group Two at Chantilly. We’ll take a look nearer the time.

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  • Diamond Creek: Nasty experience at Thirsk (Sal Smithson - 
  • Bretherton: Blinkers are back on (Sal Smithson - 
  • Our Boy Jack: Yard favourite (Sal Smithson -  
  • Ewell Place: First start for yard (Sal Smithson - 

I was more encouraged by Parbold’s run at Newmarket last week, but frustrated he didn’t win although it was no-one’s fault. He’d have been better off a stronger pace and we wanted to take a lead last Saturday so hopefully he’ll have learned from it.

I’m thinking about dropping him in trip - there’s a Listed race at Epsom I’m looking at or he could go for the Sandy Lane at Haydock - something like that.

On to Saturday and Polski Max is out of form at the moment. I don’t know why. Maybe the handicapper just had him and he lost his confidence. He’s getting a bit of help from the assessor now and we’ll try again in the Betfred Scoop6 15 Million Today Handicap at Haydock.

We’ve two in the Cottingham Parks Golf And Leisure Club Median Auction Maiden Stakes at Beverley. We fancied Diamond Creek first time up but she got loose before the race at Thirsk and was withdrawn. She worked just ok the other day, I was a little disappointed, but it wasn’t a bad gallop. She has a good draw which will help.

Tachophobia is quite nice and will win a maiden. I’m just now sure it will be this one on debut from stall nine.

Our Boy Jack is a horse we all love, he’s a pet in the yard. He has two ways of running and is best when he’s flat out and struggling from the start – he comes home with a real rattle then. He did it two starts ago here when the post came three strides too soon. He has the ability to win the totescoop6 The 2 Life Changing Bet Handicap at Catterick off his current mark – but he’d be the one to tell you he was going to do so rather than me,

I’m struggling with poor Supplicant. It’s very frustrating but his penalty for winning a Group Two makes it very difficult. He gets a 5lb penalty in the Jersey Stakes and 9lb in a Listed race. It’s very frustrating and something needs to be done. I’ve seen there are discussions about improving the programme for three-year-old sprinters, even adding a big Group race to Royal Ascot for them, and I’d fully support that.

It’s the Handicap at Goodwood on Saturday for him. Can he win off 105? I doubt it, but we have to go somewhere and now we’ve started handicapping I hope they give him a chance. I do feel sorry for the horse.

Khelman is a grand old horse who wins races every year. He got off the mark for the season at Hamilton last time when he came home well over six furlongs and going up to seven will suit in the Follow Scoop6 At Handicap at Catterick. He has form at the track and I hope he runs well.

Vimy Ridge is quite nice but runs in what looks a warm little race for the Brian Yeardley Continental Two Year Old Trophy at Beverley. He needs to step up on his win at Musselburgh the last day but that probably wasn’t a bad race.

Shot In The Sun is a remarkable little filly who we claimed for five-thousand. If you’d told me then we’d have been going to the Betfred Mobile Casino Silver Bowl Stakes with a small chance I’d have thought you were crackers. She does have a small chance though as she tries very hard and is so tough and hardy. She ran a blinder at York last time.

My Boy Bob was a horse we bought from the breeze-ups last year and we quite liked him but were forced to spend the whole time trying to get him to settle. He basically just bolted in his two races and was gelded and given time over the winter. It’s a watching brief with him in the Bet On All UK Racing With totepool Median Auction Maiden Stakes at Catterick as we haven’t really galloped him at home. It’s all been about keeping the lid on.

Spiceupyourlife has top weight in the Very British Raceday Handicap and is a filly who won her race last year. She hated conditions at Chester first time and will be happier here. She’s going up in trip but it looks like it will suit.

I was a fraction disappointed with Bretherton at York last time, but he was drawn very wide and never got into the race. On what we see at home he should have been in front of Shot In The Sun who was second that day. We try again in the Betfred Download The App Handicap and stick the blinkers back on which should help.

Ewell Place has his first start for me in the Racing UK On Sky 432 Handicap. He ran well last time at Haydock when the ground was a bit quick for him. A drop of rain at Beverley would be appreciated and he’s handicapped to run well – which I hope he does for Marwan Koukash.