Richard Fahey: Kaldoun can be King
Richard Fahey runs the rule over his Saturday team across the country and is hoping for a big run from one of his stable stalwarts.
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It's a pretty good One Call Insurance Champagne Stakes with Dundonnell there, Birdman and Toronado so Unsinkable will have to step up on what he's done, but he is a horse we like. The trip will suit him and a bit more rain would be good too. He'll go on soft ground and he'll get a mile in time too but whether he's up to this standard, against some of the best two-year-olds we've seen this season, is an unknown.
Kaldoun Kingdom goes in the Ladbrokes Portland Handicap and and he's got a good chance. Paul (Hanagan) could've ridden the favourite but he wanted to ride this lad as he's well handicapped. He's been a little bit unlucky this year and the extra half furlong will suit him better than at York. You need everything to drop right in these competitive sprint handicaps but I'm hopeful. I want him to get a penalty for the Ayr Gold Cup as he won't get in it at the moment and that's been his target all season. I'd be delighted if he could win it and he's my each-way charity selection with Sky Bet.
I'm been a bit tough on Majestic Myles as he ran in the Sprint Cup last week but he came out of the race well so he runs in the OLBG Park Stakes. It was probably too firm for him last week over too short a trip and he wasn't good enough either so he should be more at home at Doncaster. Seven furlongs is more his trip as we can ride him into the race. I'm proud of him, he's very consistent and he should give a good account of himself again.
Viva Ronaldo loves Chester and he's down to a winning mark but he's got a terrible draw in the Free Bet At corbettsports.com Handicap. Whether he can win from stall 14 we'll have to see.
Glen's Diamond runs in the Minstrell Recruitment Stand Cup and has been very disappointing, especially on his last couple of starts. He went to Dubai and I'm a little bit worried he's over the top. This is a big step down for him so I'm giving him one last chance at an easier level. If he disappoints again he'll be going on his holidays. At home I'm happy with him; he's working well, he'll handle the track. He just needs to come back to his best.
Area Fifty One also runs but has got a bit to find at the weights, in fact he's got plenty to find with a few of them. He's a tough, professional, hardy horse and if the market leaders - I expect Glen's will be one of them - disappoint, he could pick up the pieces.
The Doctor runs three Gabrial's in the Stellar Group Maiden Stakes and we haven't had them long enough to see where they rank against each other. If I had to pick one at this stage it would be Gabrial's Kaka but all of them - him, Gabrial's Wawa and Gabrial The Thug - are good horses. The horse of Charlie Hills will take a bit of beating so we might be playing second fiddle to him but they are three nice colts drawn in one, two and three.
Time And Place runs in the Hertz Car Hire Nursery and is a real nice colt who I like a lot. He's been working fine, he's got a good draw in two and we feel he has a big chance. If he handles the track and handles the day I think he'll run a big race.
Darling Lexi struggled to win a claimer, she beat another one of mine, but she's been working really well since. That will have done her confidence a bit of good and if I had to pick from my two who run in the M&S Bank Handicap I'd go with her. She needs to behave herself and not show too much greenness as she did the other day at Chester, but she should go well.
Badea's been a little bit disappointing. I've stuck blinkers on him and hopefully that will help him. If Darling Lexi doesn't win I'm hoping Badea does but if I had to pick one of mine I'd go with the filly.
Sabore just won't win. She's had plenty of chances in maidens and has been placed four or five times. Seven furlongs on this ground is where she wants to be but she wants to get her act together and get her head in front in the Velocity 'Specialist In Recruitment' Handicap.
Avison is on the transfer list at the moment. He ran in a maiden last week and that was going to be his last run. He ran OK, but he's been a disappointing horse who has been placed a couple of times. He needs to step up in the Sendrig Construction Handicap.
Goldenveil also runs and she has everything right for her in terms of ground and trip. If I had to pick from my two I would probably side with her on form and Avison on ability. It's a big field and a bit of a lottery so I'm not bothered which one wins as long as it's one of them.
Arley Hall runs in the F1 'Print & Sprint' Handicap and won't mind the ground or the trip - everything is right for her. She's gone up the handicap and won - she was a little bit disappointing at Ripon but I always forgive horses who run badly there. She's had a little bit of a break and she'd have a small chance.