Richard Fahey: 'El of a chance

  • Last Updated: September 13 2013, 17:49 BST

We perhaps haven't got as a big a team as usual in action on Saturday, but I'm hopeful we might get a winner or two.

El Viento: Can he defy the rise in the weights?
El Viento: Can he defy the rise in the weights?

I'll be glued to racing from Woodbine on Sunday when Ladys First runs in the Woodbine Mile. Alyson Deniel, who took Barefoot Lady out when she won the same race 12 months ago, says that she has arrived in good form, and it's just a question of whether she's suffering from any jet lag. Travelling long distances can knock some horses hard and you don't really know until you run them - but the signs are good.

Barry McHugh goes to Sweden the same day to ride Glen's Diamond in the Stockholm Cup. Some rain would help his chances.

El Viento is our sole representative in the Portland Handicap on the Saturday card at Doncaster.

He won well when we put a visor on him last time and he's gone up 7lb for that, which I think is a little bit harsh. Would he still have won the race there off 98? Probably. But can he possibly win this off 98? Probably not.

At the start of the season I wouldn't have given him much of a chance of winning anything off this mark, but let's hope he can prove me wrong. George Chaloner gets a good tune out of him and his 5lb claim won't do any harm.

Hand on heart, I'm not convinced Heskin is quite good enough to win the nursery off her mark, but she won't mind any give in the ground and she's holding her form well enough.

We've a few going to Chester. Alejandro and Gatepost both go for the Aejis Handicap although being drawn 10 and 11 isn't going to help their chances - they'll probably both be dropped out and we'll hope they go fast enough in front.

Alejandro isn't the biggest and carrying 9st 10lb would have been a big ask, so Sammy Bell is taking 7lb off her back. Gatepost has been very disappointing this season, there's no way of hiding that. I'd thought that off this mark he would be winning races but it hasn't clicked for him. He's got the ability - I'm sure of it - but does he still want to do it?

Marwan [Koukash] was keen to run Area Fifty One in the Listed race and a mile and a half won't bother him. On his best form, he'd have a bit of a chance.

One of our best chances comes with Skye's The Limit in the Boodles Diamond Nursery, although I'd obviously have preferred him to be drawn lower than seven.

He was off for four months after his first two starts as we had terrible problems with corns in his feet, but he'll improve for his latest win and being honest I think he's potentially well handicapped off 77. I hope he can prove me right and win this.

Gabrial The Thug is another runner for Marwan in the Justforkicx Charity Handicap. He's been frustrating but hopefully going back up to a mile and a quarter will help him.

Finally, we've Gabrial The Master in the Stella Cidre Handicap and he's a horse I think a bit of. He's still a big, raw shell of a horse and with another winter on his back I think he could be all right next year. The question is whether he is ready yet for two miles, as long-term I think it will be no problem but he's not the finished article.


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