Richard Fahey: Guide to runners
Richard Fahey's unmissable guide to his Saturday team, including two runners in the John Smith's Northumberland Plate.
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After four seconds at Royal Ascot it would be nice to have a change of luck this weekend where we have plenty of runners at Newcastle, Chester and Doncaster.
The big race is the John Smith's Northumberland Plate where I run my Chester Cup first and second Address Unknown and Ingleby Spirit. However whereas they were very well drawn at the Roodeye they are up against it on Saturday from 15 and 18 respectively. I'm pleased with both and they are in good form but we're going to need them to go too fast up front and then stop, to allow us to get into it.
This is Address Unknown's final run for the yard and I'd like to think he could sign off in style but it will be hard from the draw. We'll stay positive and hope we get something out of the race.
The meeting opens with the Betfred Chipchase Stakes. Jack Dexter sets a good standard but we run Majestic Myles and he has had a wind operation since his last run. We've pin-fired his soft palate and he seems in great form at home so it will be interesting to see how he goes.
Johannes is starting to run into some form ahead of the Betfred 'Watch Fred's Pushes On Betfred TV' Handicap. He ran well the other day and is off a rating where he can be competitive even though he's firmly in the veteran stage.
Gatepost is another who ran okay last time. That was over six furlongs and this seven is his trip; the ground is right too. It's the right time for him to start winning races and I hope he runs well in the Betfred 'Still Treble Odds On Lucky's' Handicap.
We've two runners in the Betfred Mobile Lotto / Irish Stallion Farms E.B.F. Maiden Stakes but I'd be surprised if either won. Imshivalla ran alright on debut when eighth at York in May. The drop in trip wouldn't be ideal but she's sharpened up for the first run.
Bountiful Forest would have won a bad claimer the other day but for spooking at a paper bag on the course. She's learning her trade and getting better but it wouldn't be a strong maiden if either of mine won it.
We're also double handed in the Betfred TV Handicap. Spirit Of The Law has had a few niggly problems and is on a retrieval mission after the last run but would have chances on his best form.
I won't believe that Suffice can't win races as everything we see from him at home suggests he should be very competitive off this mark. He needs to transfer that to the track though and with a bit of luck Paul Hanagan might find the key to him here.
Marwan Koukash loves runners at Chester and we're sending three there for him.
Salford Red Devil will be having his third start at the Roodeye in the House Restaurant & Bar Chester Novice Stakes. I liked the way he won last time and he's improving all the time. He has to give weight away to all bar one of his rivals but should run a big race.
Rene Mathis has overcome a little niggly problem and is in great form at home. I'd like to think he'll run well in the WRO West Kirby Handicap.
Gabrial The Master has been very backward and is very much the sort to improve with time. He's had a holiday back at Marwan's and looks fantastic now. He runs in the Red Alert Handicap. He'll be a better horse this time next year but that's not to say he can't win between now and then.
Over at Doncaster Gabrial The Thug is our first runner in the Panelcraft Access Panels Handicap. He's been a little bit disappointing and looks in the grip of the handicapper but the step back up to a mile-and-a-half should suit.
Dolphin Club makes his debut in the Beaver 84 E.B.F. Maiden Stakes. He's a hardy horse and one we like but is more of a long-term project. I hope he runs with promise though.
Finally we've two runners in the Jordan Road Surfacing Handicap. Avec Rose was a horse we liked last year but I'm a little worried she hasn't trained on. She is working a little better though.
Time And Place pulled muscles and came back quite sore from Newmarket last time. He is going very well at home again now and I hope he's set to run a very big race.