Richard Fahey: Don't Miss Jane
We’ve a relatively quiet Saturday this week – well compared to last when our six winners included Angel Gabriel in the John Smith’s Northumberland Plate.
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I was so pleased to see him win that, it’s a race I’ve always wanted to win, and this is a nice, progressive staying horse. He’s going to be put in the Ebor and there are a few other valuable races that could be on his agenda this summer and autumn.
I thought Garswood ran a better race down at Newmarket. He finished second in the bet365 Criterion Stakes and while the first-time blinkers helped,. I just wonder if he didn’t see the winner who challenged wide. We may try him in a visor next time.
Onto the weekend team and we start with Pushkin Museum in the Casino At bet365.com Handicap. It was great to see him back to winning ways at Newcastle last week. He’d been disappointing for us before that but perhaps didn’t act around Chester where he ran twice. He’d come down the weights too but is back up four pounds for the last win in what looks a competitive race.
We’ve two in the Award-Winning Coachman Caravans Maiden Auction Stakes at Beverley. Yukos Flyer needs to step up on her debut run and is one for nurseries. Handicaps may be the best chance for Flatcapper too although she has ability and would have a chance if this is just an ordinary race.
We could do with a drop of rain for Gabrial’s Kaka in the Coral Challenge at Sandown. I’m delighted with him, he’s in great form at home and while he didn’t run as well as you’d have liked in the Hunt Cup, a lot of that was down to the draw.
Miss Lucy Jane is a filly who has just started to settle and relax and could be ready to go on a roll. She won at Beverley last time time and returns there for the Powerpart Fillies' Handicap. She’s a big, huge horse who has only just started to strengthen up and there should be more to come.
We’re running back a bit quick with Royal Connoisseur in the Thetford Maiden Stakes but he’s in the sales on July 10th and it would be nice to get a win into him before that. He deserves to get his head in front, has an obvious chance here, and is a good, hardy horse that is sure to give some people plenty of fun.
Maiden Approach doesn’t concentrate so we’ve stuck a visor on her in the Download New RacingUK iPad App Classified Stakes at Nottingham. She was a handful to break but has ability and seemed to handle the headgear alright the other day when we cantered her in it.
Flighty Clarets gets quicker as she gets older so we’re dropping her back to five furlongs for the Cleanevent Group Handicap at Carlisle. She didn’t seem to get home over six at Haydock last time and we think it will suit.
Ixelles Diamond went under the stalls at Windsor last time and has had to pass a stalls test since. She has the ability to go very well in the Interactive Fillies' Handicap but we want her to go there, behave, and come back in one piece.
Wealth is another horse that’s in the sales next week and it was always the plan to give him a break and take him there in good order. He’s going nicely and I hope he runs well in the Racing UK Anywhere Available Now Handicap at Nottingham.
Our final runner of the day is Simply Shining in the Watch Racing UK On Channel 432 Handicap. She keeps running well without winning and I’d love her to enjoy a change of luck here. She deserves it.