Richard Fahey: Shining Star

  • By: Richard Fahey
  • Last Updated: August 1 2014, 23:59 BST

Richard Fahey talks us through all of his Saturday runners including Alben Star in the feature at Glorious Goodwood.

  • Alben Star: Pace around him in the 32Red Cup
  • El Viento: Could run well at Goodwood (copyright Sal Smithson 
  • Farlow: Back up in trip at Thirsk. (Sal Smithson: 

We have three runners in the 32Red Cup (Stewards’ Cup) at Glorious Goodwood on Saturday but it’s a seriously tough race to win.

I’m delighted with the draw for Alben Star as there’s a bit of pace beside him. Joseph O’Brien thought he should have won the Scurry at the Curragh last time as he was a bit unlucky. This is a bit more competitive but he’s in great order and has been running well all year.

Flyman wants some rain, the more we get the better his chance, but I’m going to let him take his chance as he’s getting a bit stale at home and is in good order.

Ballesteros is the same regarding the weather. He’s been really out of form this year but I’m sure all he wants is soft ground.

We have two in the Handicap (2.05), the consolation race for the big one, and El Viento is in great form.

He’s been running well and the owners love to have runners here. He looks to have got himself well handicapped again and must have a chance, but it’s a lottery of a race with 28 runners, so we’ll see what happens.

Tatlisu is our other challenger – he’s also been going really nicely this year. He won at Newcastle, ran well in the Stewards’ Cup up at Hamilton and Ryan Moore rides. I’d have to say he was the number one out of the two but, as I say, it’s a lottery.

Home Cummins is a filly we really like but sadly she's now a non-runner in the nursery.

Angel Flores in the last (Seamus Buckley’s 20th Glorious Handicap) is a bit of a social runner but she did well to win at Thirsk the other day. She was a bit sharper than we thought but she’s got to step up a lot on what she’s done so far.

We’ve got three runners up at Doncaster, starting with Innocent Touch in the Unison And UIA Insurance Handicap at 4.00.

There are not many runners in the race and he’s a progressive horse, he’s been getting better all year. He’s another I’m hoping runs a big race.

Spirit of The Law goes in the Unison Defending Our NHS Handicap and ran a good race in Ireland the other day. He’s running above himself to be honest but he’s in great form.

Diamond Blue completes the trio on Town Moor in the Unison And LV=Liverpool Victoria Car Insurance Fillies’ Handicap. Proving difficult to win with, she just needs a bit of luck. She needs them to go flat out and that would help her out at lot.

We’ve got three in the Margaret Smith Memorial Nursery (6.15) at Hamilton.

I’m quite surprised Ingleby Spring has got top weight, she’a a genuine filly and tries very hard but she’s nothing special.

Tagtale has been disappointing, she won a seller but the bottom line is she just doesn’t try very hard.

Triggers Broom could be very well handicapped. She’s shown nothing on the track but she we don’t think she’s that bad and could be the pick of this trio getting a lot of weight off the others.

Ewell Place is another hard horse to win with and a little bit ungenuine I’m afraid but if things drop right for him then he does have a chance in the 8.15 (Book Now For Silver Bell Racenight Handicap). You can never completely draw a line through him.

Gabrial The Thug runs in the GBX Anthems Here On 28 August Handicap (8.45). He has a little wind problem, but when he’s right he’s capable in this sort of grade.

On to Thirsk and Thorkhill Star in the EBF Stallions Maiden Stakes (1:55). He’s the sort of horse we don’t feel would win a maiden unless it’s an ordinary event so he probably needs to get handicapped really to have more of a chance.

Diamond Creek runs in the Thirsk Ladies’ Day Saturday 6th September Nursery (2:30).

She’s had a good season so far and ran okay in the Super Sprint at Newbury. Has she got much in hand here? Probably not, but she’ll try her best.

Bayan Kasirga has been extremely disappointing but she’s down to a mark of 67 now in the Jayne And Joe Parker’s Birthday Celebration Handicap at 3.05. Seeing as she was rated 85 at the start of the year you’d have to think if she came back to her best she’d have a chance.

It's certainly about time Farlow got his head in front again. He drops in class for the Thirsk Summer Cup but wouldn't want the ground to be fast. The forecast rain is very much in his favour, if it comes.

It’s all about getting Our Boy Jack’s confidence back in the Peter Bell Memorial Handicap (4.15) as he burst a blood vessel a couple of runs back. But it if is back then it’s not a very competitive race and he’d have a squeak.

Gleese The Devil is having his third maiden start in the 4:50 – the totepool Supporting The Sport You Love Maiden Stakes. He ran well enough when second at Carlisle but might be more one for handicaps.

Finally, we have a couple down at Newmarket, starting with Ixelles Diamond in the Mattioli Woods Supporting Alzheimer’s Research UK Handicap.

She’s got to step right up on what she’s done so far if she’s going to win but it’s a valuable race and she’ll take her chance.

Lacing runs in the Cheveley Park Stud Supporting Alzheimer’s Research UK Fillies Nursery and she’s a filly we like an awful lot – hand on heart she’s been very disappointing but it’s a 40 grand nursery and it’d be a good day to get it right!

I wouldn’t be surprised if she ran a good race but there’s 20 runners and it’s very competitive.