Richard Fahey: Home comforts
Our Royal Ascot raid ends on Saturday with two runners in the Wokingham…which is always an easy race to win!
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Early in the week you’ve wanted to be drawn high so I hope that runs through to Saturday as Baccarat is in 27 and Alben Star 25. I really wouldn’t want to split them. We’re claiming three off Baccarat with George Chaloner taking the ride and he ran a really good race at York last time. Alben Star was disappointing in a five furlong handicap there last time but the step back up to six will suit and he’s been in terrific form all season.
Onto the rest of the Saturday team and Sandgate was quite disappointing on debut at Newcastle and I don’t really know where we are with him. He does show a bit at home and I like him so we should be somewhat wiser after the Sunsport/British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes at Ayr.
Cosmic Halo is a funny mare who runs herself into form every year. She’s been disappointing in three starts so far but then she’ll spark into life. We hope it might be in the Arnold Clark Handicap but she’ll decide.
Over at Redcar I’d expect Home Cummins to win the British Stallion Studs EBF Market Cross Jewellers Maiden Stakes. She’s a filly we really like and she ran very well on debut at York to finish second to one with experience. She should go one better.
Crisis Averted was disappointing at Doncaster last time but he hadn’t run for a while and may have been ring rusty. We’ve stuck a visor on him to hopefully bring him back to the boil in the Tec4m Building The Future Handicap. He came out of the last race well and is in good form.
We’ve two in the Watch On 3 Devices racinguk.com/anywhere Median Auction Maiden Stakes. Saranta needs a third run to get a handicap mark. Some horses aren’t up to winning maidens and need to get into handicaps and she might be one.
Highland Rebel ran well enough first time at Wolverhampton and has done well since. He could have an each-way chance here.
Onto Haydock and there’s a bit of pressure on with Steve Prescott in the Lymm Maiden Stakes. It’s tremendous Marwan has named him after Steve, who was a wonderful rugby player and inspiration to so many people, and hopefully the horse will raise awareness of – and money for – the Steve Prescott Foundation (http://www.steveprescottfoundation.co.uk).
He’s a horse we like and I hope he’s going to run well.
Flighty Clarets is a little in and out. She runs well then will finish last next time. Sammy Bell takes a few pounds off in the Abacus Securities Annual Fillies' Handicap and the return to five furlongs will help.
Finally New Street is a horse I really like, he could make a really good jumper at some stage. He’s in the sales next month and has his last run before heading there in the haydock-park.co.uk Handicap. The trip, track, everything looks right and I hope he runs well.