Richard Fahey column: Good Friday & Easter Saturday
April 15 2017, 09:39Racing
April 15 2017, 09:39Racing
Richard Fahey landed a winner on AW Finals Day thanks to Kimberella. Get the lowdown on his Saturday team, featuring Brocklesby winner Requinto Dawn.
Our Saturday team all run at Musselburgh starting with Penwortham in the toteplacepot Easter Saturday Handicap. Seven furlongs round here should really suit him but he won’t find life easy off a mark of 88 and could have been drawn better in 11. He’ll need them to go flat out and look to come through late.
We’ve four in the totepoolliveinfo.com Royal Mile Handicap.
Rashford’s Double was really progressed last year, winning his last three starts, and has done very well over the winter too. I’m very happy with him and this race was earmarked for him a while ago. I’m just a fraction worried about the ground, I wouldn’t want it to get too quick for him, but if he handles it he’ll run very well.
My worry with Society Red is that he could just need this. The owner is keen to run - and I don’t blame him with the prize money on offer – and this fellow has done really well over the winter. He’s going to be better at three than he was two but whether he’s at his very best on Saturday I just have a small doubt.
Cullingworth is what he is – he might end up being a 10 furlong horse- but this is a good place to start. He’s a hard horse to get a gauge on at home as he doesn’t show an awful lot but does seem fit and well.
Navarone proved disappointing last year. He always worked better than he was showing on the course. He’s three pounds out of the handicap here but if he stays it would be no shock to see him run a big race. He’s working extremely well again.
We’ve three in the totepool Queen's Cup Handicap and Suegioo, Angel Gabrial and Gabrial The Hero all have the Chester Cup as their ultimate aim. I think the first two mentioned are starting to get a little help from the handicapper but came back in a little later this year and might just need it.
All three are very well in themselves and if any won a £100,000 handicap like this I’d be delighted – but I wouldn’t want to separate them going into it.
Requinto Dawn runs in the toteexacta EBF Stallions Conditions Stakes. We were very happy with his performance at Doncaster where he won the second division of the Brocklesby. He’s a naughty, little horse and the run has done him a bit of good.
He did a half-speed piece of work the other day and went well and is very pacey. He’s drawn seven and I hope we’re able to take a lead on him and see if he can do it again. I wouldn’t be surprised if he could as he’s very tough and genuine and the track here will suit.
On Good Friday, we introduce quite a nice filly in the 32Red.com Fillies' Conditions Stakes at Newcastle in Peace Prevails. She’s probably going to be better at six furlongs than five and we’ve struggled a bit to get the fillies ready this spring – they’ve just been behind the colts – but she looks ready to go.
If they go fast she could come through and pick up the pieces and will definitely win races this year.
Paddy Power is such a disappointing horse. He’s got himself so well handicapped but I’ve been saying that for over a year now. He returns in the Betway Sprint Handicap and if he won nobody at Musley Bank would be surprised – but he has let us down for a while now.
He needs racing and I can’t find many suitable opportunities for him. I didn’t want to go to Ripon for a handicap with him so we’ll run here and know an awful lot more afterwards. If he won I’d be delighted but this is a horse with a future whatever happens.
Our first runner at Lingfield is Shypen in the 32Red All-Weather Fillies' And Mares' Championships Conditions Stakes and she needs a career best to be competitive. It wasn’t a bad race she won at Wolverhampton last time and if she finished in the first four she’d pick up decent prize money.
I’m very happy with Kimberella going into the Betway All-Weather Sprint Championships Conditions Stakes. We haven’t had him for long and hadn’t done much with him before he won at Lingfield last time. He’s absolutely bouncing right now and heads there in good form.
Nimr has to bounce back from an abysmal run at Doncaster in the Sunbets All-Weather Mile Championships Conditions Stakes. He was absolutely fine when he came back from the Spring Mile and while he has a bit to find with a few of these it would be no surprise if he ran well.
We step Third Time Lucky up to 10 furlongs for the Betway Easter Classic All-Weather Middle Distance Championships Conditions Stakes and have stuck a hood on him too. I’m hoping he’ll get the trip and we just want to help him relax as he can just be a little free going and keen to go forward.
He’s in against some higher-rated rivals here and if he can pick up a bit of the prize money I’d be pleased.
We’ve three runners down at Bath starting with Mr Lupton in the Bathwick Tyres Conditions Stakes. For some reason he seems to take a run to get into gear but he’s in good form at home. He has Muthmir to beat here but if that one isn’t on his A-game I hope we’ll be around to pick up the pieces.
I think Heaven’s Guest is badly handicapped and ran accordingly in the Lincoln. However, with the current system if you don’t run you won’t come down so we’ll try again in the Dribuild Handicap. I’d be absolutely over the moon if he won – but a little surprised too.
We also run Invermere who ran a great race on her reappearance at Doncaster. She’s three pound wrong here which isn’t ideal but does come into the race very fit and very well.
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