Richard Fahey: Bumper Saturday team
Richard Fahey with news on Sparkling Portrait and Mayson and an unmissable guide to his Saturday team.
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Preparations are nearly complete for next week's Welcome To Yorkshire Ebor Festival but I fear we'll just be a little shy on runners. We've only four entries on the first day.
Sadly Sparking Portrait has had a little setback and will miss the Great Voltigeur which was his target. He may be finished for the season now too but will be back. Hopefully we'll dig a winner or two out over the week though.
A decision has yet to be taken on whether Mayson runs in the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes. I'm not scared to drop him back to five furlongs but if it's quick ground it could just be on the sharp side for him. We'll monitor the weather but at the moment it looks like it's going to be a dry week.
Moving onto Saturday and we've two runners in the From Epsom To Ripon All Done Maiden Auction Stakes at Ripon. Heaven's Guest hasn't got a great draw in four but is quite a nice little horse. On work he'd have a place chance but Nordkikhab looks hard to beat.
Grey Street is a filly we like but ran no race on debut. She's a big filly who could just be on the weak side and should do better.
We've also got two runners in the Share In The Success At manorhousestables.com Maiden Auction Stakes at Chester. Mirlo Blanco didn't show much the first day but has improved for the experience while White Coppice is a great big raw horse who will be alright in time. He thinks it's all a big game at the moment but if he comes through the preliminaries okay, he could run well in what doesn't look the warmest of races.
I was delighted with Romantic Settings' first run at Chester where she'd have won in another couple of strides. The form has been let down a little since but my filly has improved and must have a good chance in the Crown Hotel Bawtry Leger Preview Dinner Irish E.B.F. Maiden Fillies' Stakes at Doncaster.
We're back to having two runners in the Bet At bluesq.com Fillies' Nursery at Newmarket. Both Boom And Bloom and Dusky Queen have claims, it isn't easy to pick between them but the latter has the stronger pedigree and, perhaps, more scope for improvement.
El Viento ran okay in the Stewards' Cup consolation race at Goodwood, indeed Eddie Ahern felt he should nearly have won. He's drawn low in the William Hill Silver Trophy at Ripon. It's amazing when they are spread across the track but you have a chance from there. He's well handicapped and capable of winning a race like this. We're just going to tweak his headgear too and try him in a set of half-cup blinkers.
Bipsham Green is quite a nice horse and we've always liked him but he grew and did everything wrong early in his career. However his last run was a more solid effort and he has a decent draw in the Rouge Recruitment Nursery at Chester. He has no weight and while he's still a little on the leg, he has a definite chance.
Any rain would help Kyllachy Star in the VW Van Centre Handicap at Ripon. He's been a fraction disappointing this year having been in a position to win but not managing to do so. It's a watching brief with him but he is in good order and this represents a drop in grade.
Mica Mika was disappointing at Goodwood for all that he had to jump a loose horse in the race. I've stuck cheek pieces on him for the Grosvenor Shopping Centre Handicap at Chester. Hopefully they'll help him concentrate as he likes the track and, while the handicapper clobbered him for winning there earlier in the season, he has started to creep down again now.
Majestic Myles runs in one of the strongest renewals of the Betfred Hungerford Stakes that I've seen for a little while - they've all turned up. We'll ride him with more patience than we did at Goodwood and hope to pick up the pieces late.
I've two runners in the William Hill Great St Wilfrid at Ripon. Alben Star is a horse I've always said is capable of winning a big handicap like this - but he hasn't done it yet. That said he was beaten whiskers at both Royal Ascot and Glorious Goodwood and, if his draw isn't too detrimental, he should run a big race. I'll put him up each-way as my Sky Bet charity bet.
I'm lucky in that my other runner Johannes is drawn on the other side of the track. He has been a revelation this year and is rated just about as high as he's ever been. George Chaloner is getting a real tune out of him and I wouldn't discount him either.
The Foz Electrical Handicap at Chester is a £50,000 pot and no-one seemed to want to run - so I'm hoping to throw four darts at the board. That said Hi There came back sore from the gallops on Thursday morning and would be a doubtful runner.
Gatepost has run with credit on his two starts for us at Newmarket and we're stepping him up in trip by a furlong here. We're still learning about him. Alejandro is paying the price for a good two-year-old season but is coming down the weights a little bit now and I wouldn't be surprised to see him bounce back.
Our Boy Jack is a reliable and consistent horse who needs them to go a good gallop up front as he'll be finishing. I wouldn't like to pick between my three here.
They've had some rain down at Newbury which is good news for Valery Borzov in the Betfred Mobile Sports Ladies Day Handicap. I'm happy to be running him. He ran well at Goodwood and, while he goes up in trip, we think he'll stay. He's a horse who's hard to win with and he'll again need luck but could run well.
Sir Reginald just got on a roll with Paul Hanagan at Goodwood and ran with the choke out. We're dropping him down to seven furlongs in the Lindsey Close Building Services Handicap at Doncaster. He's drawn 17 and I presume they'll come down the middle here.
The Ripon Horn Blower Conditions Stakes looks tough enough for Woodland Mill but she'd have place claims on her best form for all she was disappointing the last day.
I'm finding it very hard to win with Sabore and we're trying cheek-pieces in the Bet At sportsbook-uk.com Maiden Stakes at Chester. She has to improve for them to win this.
Arctic Feeling ran a good solid race at Goodwood and was only beaten about a length-and-a-half. However, for all he's well handicapped he's also proving tough to win with and the 70th Birthday Keith Bownes Handicap at Doncaster looks a bit of a lottery.
Lady Loch is a filly we like a lot but she's been disappointing. We're stepping her up in trip for the British Stallion Studs Supporting British Racing E.B.F. Fillies' Handicap at Ripon in the hope she finally shows on the track what we see at home. We work her with Barefoot Lady and Ladys First which shows how well she goes - and she's rated about 30 pounds below that pair. We've given her a break and freshened her up since her last run.
I've got half the field in the Perfect Claims Management Classified Claiming Stakes at Chester. Dancing Lexi has been disappointing as she works well at home but on official figures has it to do with my other runner Bountiful Girl. She's turning out very quickly after Beverley but looks to have the more solid chance of my pair.
Docs Legacy is down at Newbury for the Betfred Bigger Odds On Goals Galore Handicap. I was pleased with his reappearance run and he should improve for it too. The ground should be fine, he doesn't want it too quick, and he must have a chance in an open race.
Arley Hall trotted up at Musselburgh the other day and looks entitled to be favourite for the SIS Live Handicap at Ripon. She gets the trip well and this doesn't look to be a great race.
My final runner of a busy day is Kimbali in the Cruise Nightspot Handicap at Chester. He was in another race on the card but Marwan Koukash was well represented in that so he comes here. This is his bare minimum trip but he does have a chance as he'll be coming home strongly.