Richard Fahey: Mayson major doubt
Richard Fahey with news of his stable stars, an update from the Tattersalls Sales and guide to his Saturday team.
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It's been a frustrating week at the Newmarket Sales, lots of gorgeous horses going through the ring but huge prices being paid for them.
I left early on Thursday but will be back for Book Two on Monday where I hope we'll get a little more luck. We are returning home with Wootton Bassett's half-brother though, he's a nice colt by the first-season stallion Aqlaam.
Elsewhere, Mayson ran a great race in the Prix de l'Abbaye but we were frustrated to get our pockets picked. He is in the sprint on QIPCO British Champions Day on Saturday week but hasn't had a shoe on his foot since Sunday night and we're on the back foot as we look to try to get him there. It's very much touch and go.
Barefoot Lady runs in the EP Taylor at Woodbine on Sunday night but faces a very strong field - as you'd expect for a $1million contest. She needs to step up again but has never let us down. If she wins she'll be guaranteed a run at the Breeders' Cup - if not, this could be her last race. She's in the Goffs Sale.
The curtain comes down on York's season on Saturday and we've a strong team in action there.
Kaldoun Kingdom goes in the Bet On Your Mobile With Coral Handicap but I'm a little worried about running him over the minimum trip. He got balloted out of the six-furlong race and the owner loves a runner at the track so we go here but it will be sharp enough for him. He's a grand old horse though and one who deserves a change of luck.
There's plenty of rain forecast and Chapter Seven will appreciate it in the Coral Backing Macmillan Cancer Support Handicap. He's had a busy enough season already - but a successful one having won £50,000 and £20,000 races. He could run okay here too.
Mary's Daughter ran a blinder at Ayr last time but has to step up again in the coral.co.uk Rockingham Stakes. Clearly she has to be at the very top of her form but she's a very game and genuine filly.
We've four runners in the Coral Sprint Trophy, three of which ran in the Ayr Gold Cup last month.
Brae Hill ran well in Scotland but has had a busy season and was well beaten at Ascot last weekend. He'd have a squeak. Johannes ran a good race in the Ayr Gold Cup and we're happy with him while Miss Work Of Art, who never threatened to get involved that day, did run better when just touched off for fourth in a Listed race at Newmarket last time. She's coming back to form slowly having had a few issues early on.
El Viento got bogged down in the ground at Ayr and I wouldn't want too much rain for him. It's hard to split my four, the handicapper has them all, and if any was to win it would be because the rest of the field are equally as badly handicapped.
Mystery Bet runs in the Text 'Mobile' To '60006' Coral E.B.F. Maiden Stakes. She ran a good race on debut and will have improved an awful lot for the experience. This looks a warm race but I'll put her up each-way as my Sky Bet charity bet.
Gabrial's Wawa is also declared but he runs at Wolverhampton on Friday night and we'll have to see what happens there first.
Tiny Temper runs from four pounds out of the handicap in the Coral Backing Changing Faces Handicap. We're taking it on trust that she's going to stay this two miles, two furlongs trip but all she does at home is keep galloping and the only way we'll find out is on the racecourse.
We've three runners in the Coldstream Guards Association Cup Handicap. Kay Gee Be is in good order and while I think it will be tough for him to win a handicap off 82, he did run okay the other day.
I'd be worried about the ground getting too soft for Nemushka but if Bridle Belle got back to her best she'd have a real chance. She seems in good order at home but has disappointed on her last couple of starts. That said, I'd make her the pick of my three runners.
Finally we've two runners at Wolverhampton's evening card. Gabrial The Master goes in the Download Our iPhone App Median Auction Maiden Stakes. He ran very well to finish second on debut at Chester but just got bogged down in the very heavy ground when trying to make all at Haydock next time. The surface here will suit better.
Autumn Shadow has been disappointing but we still feel there's a race in her this season. Let's hope it's the Play 'Daily Million' At Betfred Nursery.