Richard Fahey: Frankel can shine
Richard Fahey looks ahead to Frankel's Ascot run and has a guide of his own Saturday team.
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I'm looking forward to seeing Frankel in action in Saturday's QIPCO Champion Stakes and would love to see him win again.
People are pointing to the fact this is the most testing ground he's ever encountered but he's won on softish gong before and his action says he'll cope with it. He also shouldn't be under too much pressure through the race. He travels well and it's when they come off the bridle on heavy ground they tend to flounder. Hopefully he won't.
As I say I'd love to see him win again he's comfortably the best horse I've ever seen, he's a monster.
It was disappointing to have to retire Mayson earlier in the week. I felt he was getting better all the time and his work before France was very good. However he goes to an exceptional stud in Cheveley Park, I went round there the other day and was hugely impressed by the set-up. They'll give him every chance of making a top stallion and I think he will do just that.
Barefoot Lady also ran her final race for me in the EP Taylor Stakes at Woodbine. She could probably have done with them going a bit quicker but wasn't quite good enough on the day.
That said she's been a fantastic servant to ourselves and the owners, she never let us down. She'll head to the Goffs Sales and hopefully will make someone a fantastic broodmare.
We don't have our usual huge team in action on Saturday. Strange Magic is first up in the Bet totescoop6 Text Tote To 89660 Novice Stakesat Catterick. She's been a bit disappointing but we're dropping her back in trip as she shows plenty of speed. We need her to bounce back to form.
I'm a bit worried about Arctic Feeling's draw of four in the totescoop6 Catterick Dash as they could come up the stands' side in this ground. At least we know which side we'll be racing on though. He can get outpaced in his races before coming through in the closing stages. He was almost in front too soon the last day and could run well here if the draw doesn't beat him.
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I have two runners in the QIPCO Future Stars Apprentice Handicap at Ascot. Sir Reginald has a chance on Bunbury Cup form but I'd be a bit worried about Kaldoun Kingdom getting the trip on the heavy ground. I don't really want to pick between the two but Sir Reginald is handicapped to do some damage at the moment and he may be the one over seven furlongs.
I just haven't been able to find races for Sunnyside Tom so he goes to Catterick for division two of the Bet totepool Text Tote To 89660 Handicap. I'm worried the track will be too sharp for him but he's a stuffy horse who needs racing.
Finally we've two runners at Wolverhampton. Fishforcompliments is a complete villain but I love him to bits. We're stepping him right up in trip for the Live Scores On Your Mobile At footballscores.com Handicap but he was placed in the Feilden Stakes as a three-year-old and should stay. I've been making excuses for this horse for years now but he has the ability to run very well.
Giorgio's Dragon has been a frustrating horse. I thought he'd win two or three this year but he's been second three times and it just hasn't seemed to happen for him. We're trying the all-weather in the 32Red Supporting British Racing Handicap. He heads to the sales shortly and it would be nice to add to his value with a good run on the surface.