Richard Fahey: France for Garswood
Richard Fahey has news of some of his stable stars and a runner-by-runner guide to his Saturday team.
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A quick update on a couple of my Royal Ascot runners and the going will dictate where Garswood goes next. We want to avoid very quick ground with him, he rolled around when Pat Smullen let him down off the bridle in the Jersey Stakes.
We're looking at the Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville as one potential target. He's a colt we still have enormous faith in.
Ladys First is entered in the Pipalong Stakes at Pontefract on Tuesday. She'd be the top-rated horse in the race and it's a tempting target. There's another race for her at York at the end of the month too so we'll decide nearer the time.
We're having a frustrating run at the moment with 16 seconds recently and loads of other placed horses. This game is all about winners so we're working hard to change that and hopefully one or two will find the target on Saturday.
Middleham Park bought Shot In The Sun out of a seller and she ran well on her first start for me. She's very genuine but can lose her position in a race before coming home strongly. Looking at the Award-Winning Coachman Caravans Maiden Auction Stakes at Beverley she ought to be about favourite with only 7st 12lb on her back. I'm very keen to give Sammy Bell a few winners and this filly might just be one.
We've two runners in the British Stallion Studs E.B.F. Leisure Furnishings Maiden Stakes but in truth I'd be a little surprised if either won. Both Mfiftythreedotcom and Two Shades Of Grey have ability but could be more long-term nursery projects. I'd be surprised - but delighted - if either broke their maiden here.
Orions Hero has been disappointing. We try him in cheekpieces in the C.G.I. In Memory Of Audrey Moxon Handicap. They'll need to have a big impact though as he's been beaten a long way in his last two races.
Bayan Kasirga is a filly I always thought would win races. She has a good draw in the Powerpart Fillies' Handicap and the ground and trip are fine too. I hope she runs a big race for her owner.
We've only had Meeting In Paris for a month. She's owned by Sir Robert Ogden and has worked a couple of times and showed a little bit the other morning. She needs another run for a handicap mark but the Coachman Maiden Stakes doesn't look like the strongest of races and she needs to shape with promise.
Nemushka runs in the E.B.F. Sliderobes Make Space Be Happy Fillies' Handicap and it's a very competitive race with plenty of up and coming rivals. My filly needs to be back to her best to have a place claim.
Mitcd is our runner at Haydock. She's a filly who is going to end up running over a mile-and-a-half before she retires to the paddocks. If she can hang onto them early in the Mobile At bet365.com Nursery she'll be staying and fighting on at the finish. She tries very hard and you've always got a chance with horses like that but anything with speed will beat her in this. She'll be better at a mile this year.
Ixelles Diamond goes to Carlisle for the Andersons (Denton Holme) Sawmills Carlisle Maiden Auction Stakes. She's a very genuine filly but rated 71 and anything better than that will beat her. She may be better suited to nurseries later in the year when she's a little stronger but she tries and will always give her best.
Tatilsu would have a chance in the Stobart Fest Comes To Carlisle Handicap. He seems to be getting his act together and won a six furlong handicap at Leicester last time. He steps up in trip here but should stay, it will just give us more of a chance to get him organised in the race and hopefully he'll be coming home strongly.
Finally Manchestar goes to Nottingham for the Safe Bet DG Taxis 01159500500 Handicap. He's a horse I've always thought would win races but he must learn to settle - he's been too keen for his own good. Tony Hamilton will drop him in as he's stepping up to 10 furlongs but I'd expect him to stay. I also still expect him to be winning races - and hopefully soon!