Richard Fahey: Great expectations

  • Last Updated: August 17 2013, 14:55 BST

Richard Fahey guides us through his Saturday team - including a big runner for the yard in France.

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I'm at Deauville on Saturday to supervise Sandiva, who runs in the Prix du Calvados. She'll be our first runner of the day and I hope she's our best chance too.

She's been in fantastic form since Ascot, doing everything we could have wanted from her, and we're really expecting a big run here.

She's thrived of late. The Albany came a week too soon following her win at Naas and I'd be more confident going into the race this week than I was back in June.

We've got three in the big sprint handicap of the day, the William Hill Great St Wilfrid Handicap at Ripon and I'm hoping all three might have a chance.

Baccarat is the shortest priced of the trio and everyone knows I think a fair bit of this horse. Paul [Hanagan] thought he would nearly have won but for being hampered when Amy Ryan fell in the Sky Bet Dash at York.

He had just half missed a beat at the start that day and he wouldn't want to do that again or he could find himself coming too late at this track, but he's won here before - albeit off a much lower mark - and we're hoping for a big run.

El Viento has been knocking on the door and we'll hopefully get a big run out of him again, while Polski Max ran better than the form suggests last time having been drawn out on a limb. The handicapper has probably got him where he wants him but every bit of rain that arrives will help him and he's not out of it.

Arctic Feeling runs in the consolation race and he's capable of going very well if he gets the breaks. I think he had his excuses at Goodwood last time and he can hopefully be competitive.

Lord Aeryn ran about his only poor race of the season at York last time and I don't know why. If you put a line through that he'd have a good chance in the VW Van Centre Handicap.

We've also got our old friend Extraterrestrial in the same race and he's come back to life since winning the charity race at York - it just did him the power of good. Everyone knows where you are with him. If they get some rain and they go fast enough in the early stages he could stay on to get involved but he does need to get the breaks.

If Supplicant can't win the Ripon Horn Blower Conditions Stakes, it will be very disappointing as he has plenty in hand on the ratings. Ryan [Moore] felt he was very unlucky not to win last time and we haven't lost any faith in him. He'll be long odds-on but hopefully he'll win this and then we'll look for another nice race - it's a nice prize though and we'll go one race at a time.

Nemushka is in the British Stallion Studs EBF Fillies Handicap. She's a little bit in and out, but she can definitely win if things go well for her.

Shot In The Sun and Heskin both go for the opening fillies' nursery at Newmarket. It's a fair prize and they're going there in decent form, so hopefully we can hit the target.

Heskin was a good second last time when she might have done even better if she hadn't been drawn on the outside of the field.

Shot In The Sun also ran a really good race at Goodwood. That was her second good run under Sammy [Bell] and she obviously goes really well for her. She's hit a good patch of form at present and although she's gone up in the weights she could well have more to offer.

Rene Mathis could be our best chance of the day at Chester in the Archery Handicap. He's run two absolute crackers in really competitive contests on his last two starts at Newmarket and you'd have to say he is in the form of his life, so fingers crossed he can give Marwan Koukash another winner at his track.

Emerahldz and Wealth both run in the opener although neither have got the best of draws. The former will be a nice filly next season over a mile and a quarter and she has come on a lot for her debut, but still might find one or two quicker here. Wealth has been too backward until now but she's ready to run and shows ability, without suggesting she will win this first time up.

Kiama Bay won well at Pontefract on his second start for the stable and could well win again in the Fitzroy Handicap as he's come out of the race in good form. Then Gabrial The Great takes his chance in the Tiffany Handicap but I think the handicapper might have him where he wants him so he'll need to find some improvement.

We've two declared at Doncaster. Farlow is in the PC Excavations Ltd Handicap but wouldn't be certain to run. He finished second at Newmarket on Thursday and ran really well there. Rain at Town Moor would suit but we'll see how he is on Saturday morning before deciding whether to run.

Josh Quinn rides Cosmic Halo in the Football Betting Is Back freebets.co.uk Apprentice Handicap and takes a valuable seven off. He works in the yard and is Jimmy's son. He's a promising rider and his partner here is in really good form at the moment and should run well.


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