Richard Fahey: Home comforts
It has been a great week for the yard with plenty of winners and of course Garswood’s victory in the Prix Maurice De Gheest. I was thrilled to win a Group One with him, he’s a real gentleman of a horse and it was great to see him do it so well
Here’s hoping the good run continues on Saturday.
We’ve three in the Stella Artois Handicap which is a valuable race but the draw could certainly have been kinder. Dutch Courage is the sort of filly would could win a race like this but whether it will be from stall 16 at Chester remains to be seen.
Regiment is in 15 so it’s tough for both of them. The only thing we can do is drop in and hope they go flat out up front and we might pick them off. Tactically it’s the only option.
Roachdale House has fared a little better in nine. He’s won at the track before which is a help and any rain would be welcome for him.
Lexis’ Hero found the ground too quick for him at Goodwood last time but had run well here in his two previous races. He’s in good order at home and goes for the chesterBET Handicap.
The quicker they go the better for Cosmic Halo in the Budweiser Handicap. She’s in good form and ran a good race at York last time. I’d love to see her win this as she’s a tough, hardy mare.
Bayan Kasigra has been very disappointing this season and as a result has got herself well handicapped. You can never draw a line through her as she looks fantastic and we’re very pleased with her at home – but we have been all year and it hasn’t happened on the track. We’ll try again in the Anno 1366 Handicap.
We’ve three runners in the Betfred Racing Follow On Twitter EBF Stallions Maiden Fillies' Stakes. Mustique Dancer and Shalabina make their debuts and are both nursery types. They’ll be middle-distance fillies next season over ten furlongs or a mile-and-a-half but are ready to get going.
Super Quick ran well on debut at York but then disappointed at Chester last time. She has to bounce back but the first start was encouraging and the step up to a mile will suit.
Lexington Bay has had a good long break. I’d be a fraction worried he might just need the run in the Betfred Racing Like Us On Facebook Apprentice Handicap though.
I’ve only got one runner here with Farlow in the Betfred Goals Galore Ladies Day Handicap. I’d draw a line through his last run at Thirsk where he never went a yard. He has his quirks but wears a hood for the first time and would have a chance at his best.
Home Cummins is a filly we really like. She’s ended up with top weight in the Cheveley Park Stud Fillies' Nursery so we’re claiming five pounds off her with Jack Garritty to help a little. You never know what you might bump into in a Newmarket nursery but we do feel we’re potentially well handicapped off 85 – we’ll find out for sure on Saturday.
I didn’t think we’d be running Two Shades Of Grey in a £20,000 handicap but he gets his chance in the Barry Silkman Double O Seven Grey Horse Handicap. We’ve stuck cheek pieces on him for the first time.
Eastern Impact got mugged here last time. He seeks compensation in the Thames Materials Handicap. He has a big weight to carry but is very genuine and my main worry would be if the ground got very soft.
Normandy Knight was a little disappointing on his first run at Thirsk. He works quite nicely and we like him on what we see at home. He runs in the Racing Welfare EBF Stallions Maiden Stakes and it would be nice to see him step up on that first run.
Miaplacidus is a tough, genuine mare who has no weight in the Thank You Qatar Racing Marathon Runners' Handicap. However she does need to step up on what she’s done of late to take advantage.
Emeraldhz has been progressing well and is in good order ahead of the Jockey Club Supports Racing Welfare Handicap. She’s one who’d like a drop of rain.
I’m hoping stall one is ok for Thorkhill Star in the RiponBET Place 6 Maiden Auction Stakes and that they don’t go up the far side. That said he ran a good race the other day and looks the one to beat. He’s progressing and six furlongs will suit.
If it doesn’t get too soft I’d be pleased with the draw for both Foxy Clarets (20) and Polski Max (16) in the William Hill Silver Trophy Handicap. We’ve taken the blinkers off Foxy Clarets after he ran a strange race at Leicester the last day and hope that helps.
Polski Max is very well handicapped now if back on song but he lost his way when too high in the handicap. It’s a case of getting his confidence back and I felt there was some encouragement in his last run at Ayr.
Onto the William Hill Great St Wilfrid Handicap where we have four runners. Supplicant is drawn ten so at least he can go either way from that stall. He likes the track and is coming back to himself so I’d like to think he’ll run well. He’ll win one of these big handicaps, if not this season then next, and is no back number.
Any rain would help Flyman. I had to run him in the 32Red Cup at Goodwood as he was in danger of going stale at home having not had a race since May. He does go on fast ground but is much better with cut and is in good order at home.
We’re dropping Majestic Moon in trip after he showed an awful lot of speed to lead them for a long way in the International at Ascot. He’s a horse who’s definitely got quicker as he’s gets older and Tony Hamilton has opted to ride him.
Tatlisu ran a blinder in the big consolation race at Goodwood the other day when everything just happened away from him in the finish. He was only beaten two short heads and must have a good chance again.
Alquima never performed at Goodwood but that can sometimes happen down there. She’s back in the attheraces.com Handicap which is very competitive but she had been running well before that last start.
Richard Fahey, David O'Meara, Niall Hannity and Mark Howard are on the panel for a special York Ebor Meeting preview night, to be held at the racecourse on Tuesday August 19.