Richard Fahey column ahead of the opening day of the Craven Meeting at Newmarket

Richard Fahey's guide to his Newmarket runners
Richard Fahey's guide to his Newmarket runners

Richard Fahey has a couple of runners at Newmarket on the opening day of the bet365 Craven Meeting including the progressive War Tiger.

It's always competitive stuff at Newmarket but we've had some luck down there over the years including winning the bet365 European Free Handicap in 2013 with Garswood.

Space Traveller is our runner in this year's edition and he goes there in good form form his first run of the 2019 season.

He's not quite as highly rated as Garswood was but he won a couple of times early last season and is definitely very fit and well for his comeback run.

What I would say is that it's a bit of a fact-finding mission in terms of his best trip this year.

We're not quite sure yet whether he'll end up being best over six furlongs, seven or maybe get a mile so it's a good race to try and find out. It's a competitive field as you'd expect but it's a handicap and he's got a chance as we're happy with him at home.

Our other runner down at headquarters is War Tiger in the final race on the card - the bet365 Handicap.

It'll be a turf debut for the horse but I don't see switching from the all-weather to grass being an issue for him at all and he's clearly a progressive three-year-old which is what you need to be competitive in these handicaps at Newmarket.

He's won his last two at Wolverhampton and hasn't gone up too much for winning a handicap last time.

On pedigree it looks like he might get a mile and a half at some stage in the future so this 10-furlong trip won't hold any fears and Tony (Hamilton) seems to get on well with him.

He's just one of two in the field with a relatively recent run under their belt so that could be to his advantage and we're interested to see how he gets on.

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