Richard Fahey backing the BHA elimination scheme

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The British Horseracing Authority elimination scheme for two-year-olds being aimed at Royal Ascot is definitely going to be a help to me.

There are 12 two-year-old races before the big meeting and I could have 25 or 30 horses ready for them.

When it comes down to it, the move means if I have have the opinion that one is better than another then there’s a golden ticket available to ensure he or she gets a run.

Realistically it might upset a few owners as you have to tell them why their horse isn’t nominated but we’re looking at the sharper, early types who are ready to go. It's then down to the handicapper to say whether they’re good enough to go to Ascot after they've run.

I don’t know where I got it from but four weeks ago I’m sure I saw there wouldn’t be any juvenile races upon resumption and that changed. Mine haven’t been out on turf yet, the grass is like concrete here, but they can win from Musley Bank.

I won’t be using missing turf work as an excuse and while mine usually improve for a run, if they show they’re good enough to go to Ascot then great. We have eight or nine who we’d like to think are potential candidates – now we know they’ll get a run to find out for sure.

It won’t suit everyone in the industry, sadly nothing ever really does, but it’s a massive help to me.

I also think the bolstering of prize-money at the lower levels is the right move, it’s a great incentive for the people with lower-rated horses. Again it’s a positive step and well done to whoever decided it.

The people at the lower rungs of the ladder are propping up the whole industry and it’s really good they’ve got decent money to run for – for all that's needed at every level.

I’m pleased with the programme that’s in place for the first week – I’ve got horses to cover most races. I galloped 100 this week and they’re all in great form. They’re all very forward and I’m happy with them. We just need a bit of luck now.


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