Richard Fahey: Sunrise to star
Our star columnist Richard Fahey with a horse-by-horse guide to his team for Saturday.
Our Gabrial is now racing off a mark of 91 in the Betfred Melrose Handicap following his win at the Shergar Cup. Jack Garrity claims five off which will help but the horse has to prove he stays and the draw could have been kinder.
Innocent Touch is one I really like. He has a great draw in one and we think this trip is the right move. I think he’s the best of my pair. He’s run well recently and I do think this race is going to really suit him.
Marwan Koukash is very keen to see if he can get to Melbourne with Gabrial so we’re stepping him right up in trip in the Betfred Ebor. It’s a huge leap up and I honestly don’t know if he’s going to stay or not. It’s his first run back from Dubai but he’s very fit and very well and we’ve kept him relaxed at home. It will be interesting to see how he goes but it’s very much a watching brief for me.
I’m a little frustrated with the draw for Spirit Of The Law in the Betfred Supports Jack Berry House Handicap. He’s out in 16 which for a horse likes to be up with the pace is no help at all. He’s been running well but needs all the luck going here.
We’ve two in the closing Qipco Future Stars Apprentice Handicap. Skye’s The Limit won really well the last day when a little juice in the ground helped him. He has trouble with his feet so fast ground can be an issue but is in great form right now.
I’m a little worried the track and occasion may not suit Pushkin Museum. He can get a little buzzy but has ability. If he arrives at the start in one piece I wouldn’t want to split my two.
Newmarket next and Flying Machine in the Fly Flybe From London Southend Airport Nursery. He won well at Chester last time and we’ve given him a little time to get over it. He’s a progressive horse and would definitely have a chance here.
Alben Star is in pattern company for the Stobart Members Club Hopeful Stakes where his rivals include July Cup second Tropics who is rated 115. It’s a tough ask but mine is a good, hardy racehorse who you never draw a line through.
Angel Flores was very disappointing at Goodwood when she was on head throughout the race. We’re going back up to six furlongs for the Fly Thomson From London Southend Airport Handicap. She has no weight on her back, is working well and we’re very happy with her.
It’s great to have three runners in the 32Red Handicap at Goodwood with what I hope are decent draws! It’s a £100,000 pot and Rene Mathis is in one, Majestic Moon two and Lexi’s Hero in five.
Rene Mathis is improving and is right at the top of his game now. He’d be the pick of mine. Majestic Moon has plenty of ability but isn’t straightforward while Marwan was keen to try Lexi’s Hero over seven furlongs. It will be interesting to see how he goes.
Last but not least it’s over to Redcar and our three evening runners.
We got Bahamian Sunrise ready for the nursery at York but he was balloted out and Plan B is the Jayne Preston Big Birthday Celebrations Maiden Auction Stakes. He’s a horse we really like and I’m sure he’ll take a bit of beating here.
Lieutenant Kaffee is quite a nice horse. He was a touch disappointing at Newmarket last time but has bounced back at home since. He has to give weight all round in the Market Cross Jewellers Novice Median Auction Stakes but I think he probably can.
Finally Maiden Approach runs in the Download The RacingUK iPad App Straight-Mile Championship Handicap. She’s a funny mare who’s a little temperamental so she wears a hood. She’s been running well of late and would look to have her chance in this.