Richard Fahey provides us with a horse-by-horse guide to his Saturday team with Growl in good shape for the big sprint at York.
Bravo Faisal – 1.45 Newmarket
He did well to win at Doncaster. This is a bit more competitive and he’s up a few pounds as well, he’s a horse that’s progressing the whole time, we’ve got the magic man Frankie on board, and I hope he’ll get a tune out of him. We’re very happy with the horse.
The New Marwan – 2.05 York
He’s running okay. I wouldn’t say he’s thrown in off his rating but a mile around York on easy ground will suit him well. It’ll be interesting to see how he runs.
International Lion – 2.05 York
He’s a pound out of the handicap but he’s a horse that stays forever, there’s not many two-year-olds by Kyllachy you’d run over 10 furlongs but he has done.
Viceregent – 2.05 York
The handicapper didn’t throw him in on his first start and he’s got beaten a few times in nurseries, so he needs to step up on what he’s doing.
Ventura Lightning – 2.40 York
I was very disappointed with his run in France, he didn’t have the greatest trip over. Christophe Soumillon wasn’t very complimentary about him, but I’m hoping he didn’t run his race. If he bounces back to his Irish form he has a big chance.
Forest Ranger – 3.15 York
It’s frustrating as he won the Group Two Huxley Stakes at the beginning of the season, but he’s been lugging a penalty in every race since so we thought we’d stick him in a handicap and see how we get on. It’ll be interesting to see how he gets on, he was second in a Strensall Stakes around there and on his best form he has a good chance.
Coolagh Forest – 3.15 York
He’s been rated up there before and struggled and he’s gone up 6lb for winning the other day. He’s a course and distance winner, though, he’s in great form and we’re delighted with him.
George Bowen – 3.50 York
He’s completely lost his way, we’re really happy with him at home and we haven’t a clue really. He’s done this with us before, lost his way and dropped to a good mark, so if he bounces back to his best he’d have a right chance but he’s not giving me any confidence on his runs on the track.
Growl – 3.50 York
We’ve started riding him differently the last couple of starts, we’ve been quite aggressive rather than dropping him in. Tony’s ridden him up there and forced it and we’ve had better results, it was a good run at Ayr last time and I’d love to win a big sprint like this with him, he’s never really won a real big one. It would be a good place to win.
Splinter – 4.25 York
I’d be surprised if he could win. He’s a home bred and he’s a big, backward type of horse but I’m sure the run won’t be lost on him.
Doctor Cross – 5.00 York
Steps up to two miles and he’s always looked like he’ll stay. He’s got no weight on him and though you’d have to draw a line through his last run at Ayr I felt he was drawn badly and he got out of his comfort zone and didn’t finish. If he stays he has a small chance.
Royal Cosmic – 5.00 York
He’s as hard as nails. He’s tough and looks fantastic, I’d love either of them to win but I couldn’t say with confidence that I fancy either.
Shabeeb – 5.35 York
It’s his first run for us. He was pulled up on his last start and I believe he burst a blood vessel. We’ve had no problems with him, we’ll just have to see how he runs.
Society Red – 5.35 York
He always runs well at York, whether he’s as good on slower ground as he is on quicker ground, I have my doubts.
Furzig – 5.35 York
He’s a horse that has run well at York and he’s progressive. If I had to pick out of the three it would be him.