Richard Fahey: Show Courage

  • Last Updated: June 18 2014, 18:47 BST

Richard Fahey's guide to his Royal Ascot runners on Wednesday and Thursday.

  • Parbold: First runner in the Jersey Stakes
  • Clouds Rest: Earned place in Queen Mary (Sal Smithson - www.richardfahey.com) 
  • Tales Of Grimm: Well handicapped if on song (Sal Smithson - www.richardfahey.com) 
  • Gabrial's Kaka (centre): Ground worry ahead of Hunt Cup 
  • Dutch Courage: Best chance of day (Sal Smithson - www.richardfahey.com) 
  • Abbey Village: Snuck into Britannia (Sal Smithson - www.richardfahey.com) 

After sitting out Tuesday’s Royal Ascot action we have our first runners on Wednesday.

Parbold is first up in the Jersey Stakes. He’s been a little unlucky this season, including at Epsom last time. At the start of the year I felt this was his race and it’s always been the plan to come here. Ryan Moore is adamant he should have won at the Derby meeting and was mad keen to ride him again here so that has to be a positive sign.

Clouds Rest has been a real surprise package. She’s only 14.3 and on what we see at home you’d never think she was a Queen Mary filly. She’s earned the right to run on what she’s done on the track, winning at Beverley and a decent race at Newbury last time. It’s a tough ask for her but she’s quick and tough.

We’ve two in the Royal Hunt Cup.

Tales Of Grimm is very talented but has had a few niggly problems, nothing too serious though. He’s a well handicapped horse and if back to his best you couldn’t rule him out.

Gabrial’s Kaka loves races like these; a strong pace over a mile will suit him ideally. He could run well but I’m just a little worried about the ground for him. I hope it doesn’t get too quick.

Our best chance of a winner would have to be Dutch Courage in the Sandringham. This has been her plan all year and I was pleased with her run at York the last day. This is a filly we’ve always really liked and I hope she’s going to run well in what is a fiercely competitive handicap.

So is Thursday’s Britannia and I’m thrilled Abbey Village has snuck in there, right at the bottom.  He’s a progressive horse with the right weight on his back but whether he’s up to a race like this, only time will tell.