We'll have to see what the weather does over the next 24 hours, but it doesn't look as if they are going to get a great deal of rain at York. That said, it could be perfect ground on Saturday, so we'll just have to see what happens.
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We run Nemushka and Mystery Bet in the opening Sky Bet EBF Fillies Handicap.
Nemushka is a filly we have always liked but she's got her own ideas. A small field seems to suit her best, so this race could suit her. We put cheekpieces on last year and they seemed to help when she won but then she didn't win again until we took them off last time. They're off again here - we'll just have to see.
To be fair to Mystery Bet she probably wants a bit of juice in the ground. We've put a hood on her as she was bit keen last time and might need some help to settle better.
I'm also double-handed in the Sky Bet Dash. It's a pleasant surprise that Farlow has got in and as he is part-owned by a few lads from Sky it's good that he has got into their race. I'm sure he needs a bit further than six furlongs now and soft ground ought to help him too but you never know what he might do on the day.
I had wanted to get Baccarat into the Wokingham but he was balloted out and we ran in the Buckingham Palace at Royal Ascot instead. He travelled well and was two lengths clear of his group with a furlong to run, but you couldn't say he was beaten by the draw as he only finished third on that side in the end.
He's not short of speed and I'm hopeful that coming back to six furlongs will suit him and he still seems in great order. But he'll be coming through and he will always need the luck in a race in this. All I can add is that at the start of the season we thought he would pick up a race of this kind and I still feel the same way now.
Obviously I'd love to win the race that carries my name - the Read Richard Fahey on Sportinglife.com Maiden Stakes - but whether I've got the right horse in The Grumpy Gnome I'm not sure. To be honest I was a bit disappointed with his first run as I had thought he was quite a nice horse. Hopefully he was just more in need of it than I realised and he will bounce back.
Flashman was staying on nicely at the end last time and once again looked like he would appreciate moving up to two miles. He's a bit in and out but if the race pans out for him, he could run well in the Skyvegas.com Handicap.
Finally at York, Neighbother runs in the closing nursery. He's a big, gross horse and I don't know what to make of his run a fortnight ago where he showed a lot of speed but then finished well beaten. I had thought he would run very well there and maybe he just wasn't as ready as I had hoped.
At Ascot, Justonefortheroad probably needs a monsoon to get involved in the International Handicap as his best form has come on heavy ground. That said, you never know what might happen on the day and if he does come up short maybe the handicapper will drop him a few pounds.
Next it's Newmarket where Rene Mathis has gone up 1lb since finishing third in a valuable handicap at the July meeting. He won six or seven grand for that run though which is more than he might have won for winning another handicap.
Unfortunately this Adnams Broadside Handicap is probably just as competitive but he's a horse who always gives his all.
Gabrials Kaka runs in the Adnams First Rate Gin Handicap and there are excuses for his last couple of runs but I have to be honest and say that he hasn't been working very well recently. I'm hoping I'll be proved wrong, but he just doesn't seem to be firing.
I run Fair Flutter and Emerahldz in the opener at Newcastle.
Fair Flutter is probably more of a nursery type and her pedigree strongly suggests that she will want to go up in trip. Emerahldz is a nice type of filly but again my worry with her is that we haven't been able to get on to the grass for a few weeks. If this is an ordinary maiden then she might be good enough to win first time - I'd certainly say she would be winning one before long. But without the spin on the grass under her belt one or two could be sharper.
In the Beeswing Handicap Gatepost is starting to look dangerously well handicapped but Paul [Hanagan] didn't feel like he was giving him a whole lot of help last time and he needs to buck up his ideas if he is going to take advantage of his mark.
Ortac Rock has his first run for me since he was claimed out of Richard Hannon's after he won at Epsom. All he has done for me is canters and they have gone well enough but I wouldn't know what to expect now.
Finally we've got Nashville down at Lingfield and I wouldn't be surprised to see him go close. I've been wanting to get him off the fast turf, as I don't think he really likes it, so we're trying him back on Polytrack here. I think he's handicapped to win at present.
We've got a few horses we have kept back for Goodwood next week and I'm looking forward to the meeting.
If we're happy with the ground then Garswood could run in the Lennox Stakes on the opening day under Ryan Moore.
Parbold, who was second in the Coventry Stakes, remains one of my most exciting two-year-olds and he could run in either the Richmond Stakes or move up to seven furlongs in the Vintage Stakes. At the moment I think we might be leaning towards the latter.
Supplicant is another I am looking forward to running, but one horse who won't be going there is last weekend's Super Sprint winner Peniaphobia. His owners are looking at selling him and by the time you read this the deal may even have been completed. If he was to stay with me then we could look at York for him, but it might be out of my hands - we'll just have to see.