Richard Fahey: My Ascot hopes

  • By: Richard Fahey
  • Last Updated: June 19 2013, 15:33 BST

Our star columnist Richard Fahey goes through his chances for the second day of Royal Ascot 2013.

Garswood: The one to beat?
Garswood: The one to beat?

On June 22 2000, Superior Premium, a 20/1 chance, beat two Godolphin horses to the Cork and Orrery Stakes (now the Diamond Jubilee) and it was some thrill to get that first winner in the bag at a prestigious meeting like Royal Ascot.

Fast forward 13 years and my tally is up to three, but this year we send our strongest ever team down to Berkshire and I will be a very happy man if I can get that number up to four.

It's so difficult to get winners down there I wouldn't dare have a target of more than one victory, but you have to be hopeful and we are sending down some lovely horses. I just hope one of them can do the business.

When the big four stayed in the St James's Palace Stakes I decided that we'd go for the easier option with Garswood in the Jersey Stakes.

On official ratings he'd have been joint-seventh in the St James's Palace but in the Jersey he's joint-first so that was a big factor in the final decision.

And I'm happy to drop him back to seven furlongs simply because he's a horse with bags of pace.

We all know what happened in the Guineas but the important thing is he's been getting stronger every day since. He's a big, raw horse and, when he grows up, that will be the turning point for him.

I have to say, it could happen in the Jersey Stakes. I couldn't be happier with him at home and, for me, he's the one they all have to beat.

Garswood "Garswood's a big, raw horse and when he grows up, that will be the turning point for him. I have to say, it could happen in the Jersey Stakes. I couldn't be happier with him at home and, for me, he's the one they all have to beat."
Garswood

Pat Smullen, who rode Sandiva for me at Naas, rides him. We sat down and discussed it and everyone is happy with Pat being on board. He's never sat on Garswood but he doesn't need to, he's a professional jockey and he'll know what to do.

Finally, Ladys First might run in the Duke Of Cambridge Stakes.

She was extremely disappointing when she ran at York on Saturday so I'll have to canter her Tuesday morning and decide whether she is well enough to take her chance.

I'd like to run her as a place would be good for her CV and on her best form she's entitled to run very well.

Looking back to last year, she should've won the Sandringham Handicap when she was third. At least I know she goes on the track and if she does take her chance I'd be hopeful she will run a lot better than she did at the weekend.


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