Flat Season: Richard Fahey team

  • Last Updated: March 20 2014, 10:34 GMT

Richard Fahey talks Dave Ord through some of the horses he's looking forward to running as the new turf Flat season draws close.

  • Richard Fahey: Getting his string ready to rumble for the new turf season
  • Garswood: Likely to start out at Sandown then head to the Lockinge 
  • Sandiva: Could have prep run before crack at the QIPCO 1000 Guineas 
  • Parbold: Held in high regard and heading towards the 2000 Guineas 
  • Dutch Courage: Another possible Musley Bank 1000 Guineas contender 

Alben Star: He's had a good all-weather season but has been a hard horse to train. He's now rated higher than he's ever been in his life but we'll aim him at the big prize at Lingfield on Good Friday and take it from there. That will be he his next run.

Arctic Feeling Is a grand horse, a great horse to own and wins every year. He is what you see - there's nothing unexposed about him - but he won down at the Investec Derby meeting last season and I'd imagine we'll be gearing him up to go back there again in June. He seems to handle the track, it's a real specialist one, and all roads lead there.

Baccarat He's done well. I was a fraction disappointed with him last year, despite winning the Great St Wilfrid, as on his work I thought he'd have done a bit better. He's very good at home, a Black Type performer from what we see here. Whether we keep going for the big sprint handicaps or throw him in at the deep end somewhere I don't know. I'm contemplating putting him in the Duke Of York but need to speak to Sir Robert before I do that.

Bayan Kasirga She won four last year and is a filly that stays well. She needs to step up again this year but if she stays two miles she'll be running in some of those good staying handicaps. She looks like all she does is stay, she goes on any ground and I'm sure she'll do her job.

Brae Hill It looks like he won't get in the William Hill Lincoln this year off 91. He's not quite as forward as he normally is at this time of the year and it might not be the worst thing in the world if he doesn't get in.

Brian Noble He's quite a nice horse that has run once and won once. The handicapper seems to have given him a chance off 79 as he's a big horse who could improve with time and experience.

Crisis Averted Won two out of three and is just being gelded at the moment. We'll have a grass campaign with him and he's a sprinter who could get better.

Dolphin Village Another who won four last year and like Bayan Kasirga needs to improve again. He doesn't mind soft ground and stays well so the pair of them are likely to be aimed at the same sort of races.

Dutch Courage This is a filly we like a lot. She won a couple last year and while she's only rated 93 we're going to start her off in one of the QIPCO 1000 Guineas trials and see if she's good enough - then work back from there. She's nice.

Richard on Dutch Courage "This is a filly we like a lot. She won a couple last year and while she's only rated 93 we're going to start her off in one of the QIPCO 1000 Guineas trials and see if she's good enough - then work back from there. She's nice"
Richard on Dutch Courage

Eastern Impact Only had two runs last year after a slight problem. He's a 93-rated sprinter, a very fast horse, and he'll be aimed at all the top three-year-old sprint handicaps. I know exactly where he's going Thirsk, York twice then Newmarket. It's Thirsk for a third run as you can't run in these big handicaps without it then the three races that represent the programme for this sort of horse.

El Viento We know everything about him, he is what he is. He'll be running in all the big handicaps and hopefully one will fall right for him somewhere.

Emerahldz She won her last two in 2013, albeit at a relatively low grade, but is a filly that stays well and I'm sure she'll progress again over ten furlongs or a mile-and-a-half.

Fair Flutter Again he won a couple last backend and is lowly rated but is a horse who could do well over further at three.

Farlow We're just having one or two issues with his feet but he's a horse I'm looking forward to this year - he's been in good form this spring.

Flycatcher I think this is one of the best handicapped horses in the yard but she has to go out and prove me right. She hasn't won but is a nice filly and has had a small wind operation, nothing serious, and it seems to have helped her. Off 69 she could be okay.

Flyman He had a very easy year of it last term. He was a very good two-year-old and I couldn't get him right at all, he never looked well. He's much better this spring and I hope he'll have a good season starting off from a mark of 90 at six and seven furlongs.

Foxy Clarets Suffered terribly with sore shins at the beginning of last season and ran in all the sales races but is the sort of horse who can be competitive in sprint handicaps off 77. He's a good, hardy horse and he could come good in 2014.

Gabrial's Kaka He definitely goes for the William Hill Lincoln. I'm delighted with him, he's in great order and I hope he runs a very big race. He's the sort of horse who could develop into a Black Type performer but if he is going to be competitive in a Lincoln off 95 he needs to be just that.

Gabrial's Star This is a new horse for us. He should have won on his debut for the yard but was a bit unlucky and we're trying to get him in the Chester Cup but it won't be easy as he's currently rated 83. He's one of many Marwan (Koukash) wants in the race!

Garswood I'm absolutely delighted with him. We always thought this was going to be his year. He'll run in the Sandown Mile then the Lockinge and we are stepping him up in trip. He has enough speed for sprinting but we're going down the miling route and we'll see where we are. I'm hoping for a big season from him. He's taking on the best in Europe and needs to find another ten pounds to be competitive with them but we're very happy with him.

Richard on Garswood "He has enough speed for sprinting but we're going down the miling route and we'll see where we are. I'm hoping for a big season from him. He's taking on the best in Europe and needs to find another ten pounds to be competitive."
Richard on Garswood

Glen's Diamond All his life I thought he was a Melbourne Cup horse and it took me three goes to find out he doesn't stay. I just had it in my head he did. Now I wouldn't be afraid to drop him back to a mile-and-a-quarter, his work is speedy enough, but he'll be going back for the Yorkshire Cup first as he clearly stays a mile and six.

Heaven's Guest He had a fantastic season in 2013 but has to step up again. The owners are keen to go for the Duke Of York Stakes at the Dante Festival and he'll probably run in the Cammidge Trophy first. He's a horse who needs racing and that's the route we're taking.

Hi There It's going to be tough for him off 98 as he's never worked like a 98-rated horse at home but that said he won at Newbury in the autumn and won well. He'll run in the William Hill Lincoln and if it turned up a bog you never know what might happen. He's fit and very well.

Khalice She's a filly that could come good off 82. She ran well in a sales race and has grown and done very well over the winter. She might even get a little further and we'll start off over six and seven furlongs and she'll pay her way.

Khelman This is a horse I've been a fraction disappointed with. He still has a chance to come good and I honestly don't know what his best trip is. I always thought he'd be a miler but he's run well over five and six and could be well handicapped off 70.

Latenightrequest She won the nursery at Ayr and could end up being a nice sort of filly. She's off 78 and I think we can be competitive. She stays well and has a chance.

Maiden Approach We were a bit surprised she won over five last season, we just ran out of races to run her in and she needed experience. She's bred to get a trip and off 68 is another who has a chance.

Majestic Moon He had a good season last year and is off 90 now so has to step up again. He's always shown us more ability at home than he's shown on the track but he won at some of the big tracks and has done well.

Majestic Myles We've no idea why he had such a terrible year last season, we couldn't find anything wrong with him, but he's gone down from 111 to 94. If we can get him right he should be competitive but while we're happy with him at the moment, we were happy with him last year too.

Manchestar He finished second to Gabrial's Kaka in a £20,000 race and has been a backward, shell of a horse that needed more beef and substance to him. He'll be okay in handicaps off 72.

McCarthy Mor He's rated quite low off 59 but is a big, backward horse and we had to get three or four runs into him last year. I'd be disappointed if he's not competitive this year starting from that mark.

Mfiftythreedotcom Showed a little last year when backward and should be competitive off 65 over six and seven furlongs.

Neighbother He ran with promise on his debut and won his maiden next time but disappointed afterwards. He's been gelded which is the best thing that's ever happened to him and off 71 he should do well.

New Street This is a nice horse who I like. He stays and off 74 I'll be disappointed if he can't win.

Our Gabrial A good hardy horse who took ages to win. He'll probably end up with blinkers on at some stage but as with most of Marwan's will start off at Chester. He's not thrown in off 82 but has a chance.

Parbold I've been absolutely delighted with him and he goes for the QIPCO 2000 Guineas but we'll give him a trial somewhere first. On pedigree I just worry about him staying a mile, he's Majestic Moon's and Majestic Myles' brother, but he looks like a staying horse. I'm tempted to try him over the mile in the Craven at Newmarket but that's not a firm plan. He'll definitely run somewhere before the Guineas and has done fantastically well over the winter. We'll be taking on the best in the country with him but we did that last year and I was always looking after him a bit, I never got stuck into him. He raced but I feel this year we can make a racehorse out of him. He's very exciting and we're lucky to have him.

Richard on Parbold "We'll be taking on the best in the country with him but we did that last year and I was always looking after him a bit, I never got stuck into him. He raced but I feel this year we can make a racehorse out of him. He's very exciting and we're lucky to have him."
Richard on Parbold

Polski Max He had a good start to last season but got rated nearly 100. He's down to 92 and I'm sure there's a sprint handicap in him but it will be a good one, as they're the races he's being aimed at.

Pushkin Museum Marwan bought him out of Gary Moore's yard and his form is rock solid. He looks well bought and could do okay for us this season.

Right Touch Here is a horse that could yet come good. He was a little feminine and backward as a younger horse and we struggled to train him. Now he's four he could be ready to step through the ranks. He works better than his mark of 83.

Roachdale Horse I'm really looking forward to this horse. He looked like he didn't stay when upped to a mile at Ayr on his penultimate start as he seemed to be hacking up but then didn't get home. He subsequently won the nursery at Doncaster and I want him to stay a mile as he goes to Musselburgh for the £50,000 handicap up there. He's working like a decent horse, one we hope will end up being Black Type and we'll see after Musselburgh whether he doesn't get a mile or whether he wasn't quite right the last day.

Romantic Settings She stays in training and will be Black Type hunting this year. She was second in the Musidora last year but I just felt everything went wrong for her during the campaign. I had an excuse every time she ran. She stays well.

Royal Connoisseur He was a real handful when he came to us last year but he ran okay a few times and I'm sure there are races in him.

Rufford He was second in the Mill Reef and is off 105 now. He'll start out in the Free Handicap and we'll know where we're going from there. I'd like him to stay further as it will give us more options but it could be a tough season for him off that mark.

Sandiva We've been delighted with her. She's a filly with a lot of pace, it was very heavy ground at Longchamp on Arc day and she travelled well for a long way in the Prix Marcel Boussac but walked the last 100 yards. We'll try and get her ready for the QIPCO 1000 Guineas and I'd like to take in a trial too so will keep an eye on the ground at Newbury and Newmarket. I'm pleased with her and she doesn't take any training, she's quite an active filly and is always one gallop off running. She's easy to train.

Sir Reginald I've just been disappointed with him. Off 92 he should be competitive and while he won at Doncaster I was expecting a little more form him last year. He's just a little keen and gets himself in trouble and while I wouldn't be at all surprised to see him win a big handicap, picking what day that will be could be nigh on impossible.

Skye's The Limit He's a horse we think could be extremely well handicapped. Early on last year we thought he was one of our superstar two-year-olds but everything went wrong. He had trouble with his feet but they're not a problem now, he's moving very well, and I'll be shocked if he can't win off 72.

Supplicant He had a fantastic season last term, winning a Listed race and a Group Two. It's going to be tough for him with his penalty but he'll run in one of the Classic trials. He's in the German Guineas and we'll see how he runs first time. I'm not sure if he'll stay a mile but he's a very game and genuine horse and we'll give him a chance.

Time And Place This is a very talented horse but I've just been struggling to keep him right. Of my three-year-olds last year, including Polski Max and Heaven's Guest, this was my best work horse and every time he ran I tipped him! He doesn't win many races but he can gallop and if we can get him right he'll be okay.

Western Sands Big, backward filly last year who could come good over a mile or a mile-and-a-quarter this year.

Withernsea He had one or two issues last year but off 82 should be competitive in sprint handicaps. He's quite a fast horse.


It's very early days with the juveniles but we'll have runners in the first few races, starting at Doncaster next week.

Some of those I like at this stage are a colt by Invincible Spirit out of Ballymore Lady. He comes up nicely. So does an Equiano filly out of Lacework who is owned by Cheveley Park Stud.

Spring Offensive, a son of Iffraaj out of Night Sphere, represents the owners of Penaphobia and he goes well as does a Dutch Art colt out of Brooklyn Sky.

Burtonwood (Acclamation - Green Poppy) is another I like while we have six or seven by Rip Van Winkle, a first-season stallion we took a punt on, and I can't knock any of them.

An Aqlaam filly (out of Bukhoor) is quite nice as is Supplicant's full-sister Postulant. Norman Steel has some nice juveniles including a filly called Moving Melody, a chestnut daughter of Equiano.

Richard's weekly column returns to sportinglife.com next week and will run throughout the Flat season

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