Richard Fahey: Garswood ready
Richard Fahey talks us through his huge Saturday team at Chester, Haydock, Newmarket and York in his latest column.
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I’m looking forward to Saturday. We have a big team in action starting with Extratrerrestrial and Justonefortheroad in the haydock-park.co.uk Handicap.
ET will love the ground and is in good form, but I’m a little worried he might just need it. He fractured his pelvis at the back-end of last year and has taken a bit of getting back. Justonefortheroad ran well the other day at Thirsk and will also like the ground. He just needs things to fall right for him.
Brae Hill is in good order and the seven furlongs of the One Marketing Communications Handicap at York will suit him. I hope and think he’ll run a good race.
Billy Slater is our first runner at Chester in the One Cost / EBF Stallions Maiden Stakes. He has been very laid back and green and, for one of ours, will come on a ton for his recent debut there. The favourite Baitha Alga will take a bit of beating but our fellow is nice. He might just need a bit more racing to get fully on the ball though.
I’m really looking forward to Garswood running in the Timeform Jury Stakes at Haydock. We’re delighted with him. Everything is right, he’s in good order, working well and I’d like to see him go there and win. In fact I’ll be disappointed if he doesn’t – for all he needs to bounce back from a below-par reappearance at Sandown.
The BetBright Trophy is a big pot at York for this time of the year which is great. We run two and I’m just a fraction worried the five furlongs will be sharp enough for Alben Star. That said, the slow ground will help and he’s running out of his skin at the moment.
The handicapper has finally started to give El Viento a chance and I thought he ran okay the other day. He’s now 2lb lower, we take 5lb more off with Sammy Bell’s claim, and while he’ll be a bigger price than Alben Star, I don’t think he’s an outsider. There won’t be much between my two.
Rene Mathis is a horse we all have a soft spot and he’s in great order. He’s been balloted out at the last two Chester meetings now and is ready for a run so we’re going down to Newmarket for the Betfair Supporting The Animal Health Trust Handicap. Admittedly he does quite like finishing second but he’s very well for all he might prefer seven furlongs nowadays.
We’ve two in the Irish Champions Weekend Handicap at York. High Office doesn’t know how to win but did look a little unlucky at Newmarket last time when all but knocked over at a crucial stage. He has the ability to win this but is another who needs everything to drop right and it’s been a while since he last got his head in front.
Alnecessaryforce ran at Haydock on Thursday and if he comes out of that race ok could well head here. A mile-and-a-half on soft ground is perfect for him and I think there’s more to come.
Duke Of Clarence has had two runs for us and I’ve been pleased with both. He produced a very solid performance at the Dante Meeting and the juice in the ground at Newmarket for the John Sunley Memorial Levy Board Handicap won’t be an issue. It’s still early days with him, we’re learning more all the time, but I hope he’ll run well.
We’re dropping Parbold back to six furlongs for the Sandy Lane Stakes at Haydock. Time will tell if it’s the right thing to do. We’ll grab hold of him and see what happens but he looked unlucky at Newmarket last time, through no-one’s fault, and is entitled to be favourite here. He needs go out and win this.
We’re double handed in the Yorkshire Regiment EBF Stallions Median Auction Maiden Stakes at York. Bonds Choice ran a real good race there on debut and surprised me a little. I don’t know how good a contest it was but she’s definitely improved for the run.
Home Cummins is a daughter of Rip Van Winkle and at this stage looks one of our nicer two-year-old fillies. If she handles the soft ground she’ll run a big race.
Bayan Kasirga had a fantastic season last term, winning four races, but is still paying the price. You can’t blame the handicapper when one does so well but she has been struggling a bit this term. I hope she can be competitive in the Kozel Handicap at Chester for her owner but I just don’t feel she’s back to a winning mark yet.
We also run Gabrial’s Star who won at the May Meeting here before we turned him out quickly again at York. That didn’t suit him at all and I’m just a little worried this may be a fraction too soon as well. If he comes right he’d nearly be favourite and have a big chance but he’s a hard horse to keep right and is best when fresh.
Skye’s The Limit has run in two of the most competitive sprint handicaps of the season so far at Nottingham and York. We’re stepping him up to six furlongs for the Follow Us On Twitter At HaydockRaces Handicap which we hope can bring about some improvement. The York race is already working out well and we’ll see what happens but six furlongs on soft ground will be a much different stamina test for him and I’m hopeful rather than confident that it will suit.
Picadilly Jim was very well backed on debut at Musselburgh and we’ve absolutely no idea where the money came from. He has his second start in the Infinity Tyres Breeders Backing Racing EBF Maiden Stakes at York but on what we see at home he can’t beat the two horses with ratings in the field. That said there’s only four runners and as I own a bit of him, it’s good to know we’ll get some prize money even if we just get round.
I’ve been itching to drop Mica Mika back to ten furlongs with a visor on and get the chance to do so in the John Wright Electrical Gentleman Amateur Riders' Handicap. We’ve had this race pencilled in for six weeks and Jamie Hamilton, who used to work for me, is booked to ride. I’d love to see him win this. He’s very consistent and the trip will suit, so he has a lot in his favour.
Last up is Las Verglas Star in the Aperol Spritz Handicap at Chester. He was nearly brought down at Ripon last time when we were half thinking he’d run well and it wouldn’t surprise me to see him perform much better here. He’s in good order.