Richard Fahey: Stars worth wait
It was great to see Frankel sign off with victory at Ascot on Saturday. I don't think he ran to the best of his ability but the ground was a big issue. It's very rare you find a horse who can handle very fast and very testing conditions.
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Sir Henry Cecil and his team did a great job with the horse, although I wouldn't mind having a go the next time one as good as him comes along...it's easier to train the good ones than the 0-60 horses!
As for QIPCO British Champions Day itself, I think it's growing well although the ground will always be a worry at that time of the year. However the prize-money is very good and when the Group Two races on the card are promoted to Group Ones it will make a significant difference. You will see more and more of the top horses being aimed there.
Our Saturday team starts with two runners in the Racing Post iPad App Handicap. Cosmic Sun has been struggling a bit to find his form after a year off with a leg injury. He probably needs to come down the handicap but if you don't run them the handicapper won't drop them so we'll try again.
Bridle Belle was a big winner for us at York last time, her victory meaning I retained my crown as leading trainer at the track for 2012. That was very pleasing and she's still in good order. If she runs as well as the last day she'd have a chance but she's drawn very wide which isn't ideal.
Kaldoun Kingdom runs in the Genting Casinos Levy Board Handicap but he'd prefer six furlongs rather than this five. At this time of the year you can get sucked into running at different trips because of a lack of opportunities and he didn't stay the seven at Ascot last week. However he did run okay over five at the York Ebor Meeting and would have a squeak if back to that form.
We've three runners in the crownhotel-bawtry.com Nursery. Mirlo Blanco and Diggory Delvet go to the sales at Newmarket on Monday so it's a last fling with them. Mirlo is a big, scopey sort who might be better at three but would have a chance but I'm not sure Diggory will get the trip.
Of my three I probably prefer Jubilee Games who has found one too good on his last two starts. He should run well again
It's good to have Frankie Dettori aboard Las Verglas Star in the Bathwick Tyres Handicap and we could use him more next year, although we do have a good team of jockeys up here already. Las Verglas Star doesn't have in much in hand of the handicapper but ran well from a bad draw at Nottingham last time. It will be interesting to see how Frankie gets on with him but he'll need to be at his very best to win.
We've two runners in the Worthington's Cippenham RBL And Cippenham WMC E.B.F. Fillies' Handicap. Both mares are in the sales at Newmarket and it's a question of getting runs into them before they go under the hammer. Things haven't worked out for Miss Work Of Art who has been playing catch-up after a setback in the spring. She's had a bit of a break since her last run to freshen up and does have a chance as she isn't a back number.
Honeymead has been very disappointing as I felt she'd win a couple of races this year and it hasn't happened. She'll like the ground though.
Sabore is another in the Newmarket Sales and she runs in the Universal Recycling Apprentice Handicap at Doncaster. She's another who's been disappointing having been placed loads of times but as yet failing to win.
We've two runners at Wolverhampton's evening card. Above The Stars goes in division one of the Follow Ladbrokes On Twitter Handicap and trip and track should be ideal. She could run a big race here and I'll make her my each-way Sky Bet charity bet.
Finally Kyllachy Star drops in grade for the attheraces.com Breeders' Cup Site Now Live Claiming Stakes. He ran well to finish second in the Spring Mile at Doncaster but has disappointed since and we don't really know why.