Top trainer and star columnist Richard Fahey runs us through his big team for day one of Ayr's Western Meeting - and old stager Gabrial is running in the Doonside Cup.
Arctic Fox is our first runner at the Ayr Western Meeting on Thursday. She runs in the EBF Novice Stakes and she’s progressing along nicely having improved from her first and second runs. If she copes with the ground here she could be placed.
Right Action has come down the handicap a lot and will love the going. It’s a while since he’s had it. On a going day he’d have a big a chance in the J.H. Commercials Handicap.
Cadeau Magnifique is what he is and won’t mind the ground in division one of the S T Andrew Plant Hire Handicap. He’s a hard horse to win with but goes there in good form.
Carnageo runs in division two. I thought he ran okay at Chester last time when he just didn’t get home. He’s been sitting and suffering waiting for the rain and now it’s arrived I hope he runs a big race.
Sioux Frontier also runs. He is a disappointing horse and I don’t know what to make of him. When he won I thought he’d really go on from there but he’s gone sideways – or even backwards. He needs to be on his a game.
Ten furlongs on this surface is going to be absolutely ideal for Gabrial in the William Hill Doonside Cup Stakes. He ran on Saturday at Chester though and I hope he’s over that.
Vera Drake is a very disappointing filly. I thought she’d win three or four this year but it hasn’t happened. We’re not sure she wants this ground but nothing else has worked and it’s worth a try in the British Stallion Studs Scottish Premier Series EBF Fillies' Handicap.
Danehill Desert definitely handles it. He’s just finding it very hard to win, he’s been second on three of his last four starts. I can’t say he’s improved but he’d have a small chance in the Wedding Congratulations To Billy & Margaret Handicap.
Sempre Presto isn’t the fastest in the world. Hopefully the ground will slow the others down in the Ayrshire Cancer Support Handicap.