Richard Fahey: Up for the Cup
Our star columnist Richard Fahey with a horse-by-horse guide to his Saturday team.
We’re chasing another Group One success at Haydock on Saturday when Baccarat goes in the Betfred Sprint Cup.
He’s a big price but on official ratings only has six pounds to find with the best of these according to the handicapper. I hope he’s right. The horse has had a few niggly problems since winning the Wokingham but is back in good form now and it will be good to get him back on the track.
This is his stiffest test to date, he’ll need a career best effort to win it, but I hope he runs very well.
Steve Prescott returns to the track where he won his maiden in the Betfred Goals Galore Nursery. The handicapper hasn’t missed him with a mark of 86 but he’s working really well at home and if he’s as good as that suggests, he should still be competitive.
Tiger Lilly has been a late developer. She was very funny with her food to start with but is getting better all the time. She doesn’t want too much racing but has been progressing well and has a good attitude. She runs in the Betfred Supports Jack Berry House Handicap and while she needs to step up again – that’s not out of the question.
Our Gabrial goes down to Ascot for the Winning Post Bookmakers Bristol Handicap. He’s a course-and-distance winner which is always a help and it’s a huge pot. If he was placed I’d be over the moon it’s that competitive but he owes us nothing after a fantastic season.
Simply Shining is our other runner at the meeting in the Ritz Club Fillies' Handicap. Jack Garrity gave her a great ride to win at Newcastle the last day and is in the saddle again and we’ll see what happens. It’s a tough race though.
We’ve two in division one of the British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes at Thirsk. Cosmic Statesman has ability but probably needs to go down the handicap route to win. This is his third start and he looks to be going the right way.
Bleu Astral is a colt we like. He’s a nice type who will win his maiden but whether it’s first time out against an 88 rated rival, I wouldn’t know.
It’s a watching brief with Milady Eileen in division two. She’s a filly we liked early on but she has been disappointing twice now and we don’t know why. On what we see at home she’d win a maiden but it hasn’t been transferred to the track yet.
Mustique Dancer is a raw filly who will is really one for next year. She runs in the Breeders Backing Racing EBF Maiden Fillies' Stakes and shaped ok first time out. She’ll be better with time and experience and is still a little timid. She’s learning about the game.
Abbey Angel won nicely at Beverley last time and goes in the Jenny Roberts Original British Millinery Nursery. She’s progressing nicely and gets the trip will. She’s going to end up being a very nice filly at some stage and I’d love to see her win again for Norman Steel.
We were delighted with Lexington Bay’s first run back at Doncaster as we thought he might just need it. We hope he’s improved from it too ahead of the Hambleton Cup but I’d just be a little worried about the ground. It doesn’t want to get too quick for him.
Finally Winstanley and Grumpy Angel are at Wolverhampton for the EBF Stallions Bilston Bathrooms Maiden Stakes. I’d love to see the former get his head in front as he deserves to and he must have a chance here.
Grumpy Angel is well named as she can be a tad moody but has ability. She wears a hood because she isn’t straight forward but this looks a good place to run as she’ll like the surface and should stay calm and collected going to the start.