Richard Fahey guides us through his team for Newcastle on Thursday

Ventura Rebel is back on Thursday

Fascinating team for Richard Fahey are Newcastle on Thursday including two horses with Royal Ascot aspirations. Check out his guide.

1.00 Newcastle – Fraternity

A filly I liked a lot last year but he she disappointed on her final start at Beverley. I don’t think she’s badly handicapped off 75 and it will be interesting to see how she goes.

1.35 Newcastle – Splinter

He’s a horse who will progress this year and we look to have found a good opportunity to get his head in front here. He should go well.

2.45 Newcastle – Absolute Dream

He’s been working well. I’ve been a bit disappointed with him overall but he’s been good at home this spring and maybe he’s a stronger and more mature horse. He’s well handicapped if he is.

3.20 Newcastle- My Kinda Day

A very disappointing horse. Last year I had him down as one of our better two-year-olds but got that completely wrong. Maybe he’s a morning glory but he’s only rated 69 and has had a small wind operation since he last ran. I hope it helps because he can gallop and still shapes like a half-decent horse.

3.20 Newcastle – Star Of St James

Found it hard to win last year and didn’t do that well over the winter, I was a little disappointed with him. He’s very tough and very genuine and ready to start but might go over a bit further after this.

3.55 Newcastle – Show Me Show Me

He is what he is and this is a very good race. He was gelded over the winter, something which I threatened to do all last year after he misbehaved at Ascot . He has some very solid form to his name but needs to step up here.

3.55 Newcastle – Ventura Lightning

He was quite keen last year so we stuck to six furlongs. The plan is to go up to seven but this is the only race I can find for him. If the track is riding slow it would play into his hands if they went quick as he’ll be coming home. He could run in the Jersey Stakes after this.

3.55 Newcastle – Ventura Rebel

He’s done exceptionally well over the winter. He had a little issue which stopped us from running again after the Weatherbys Super Sprint and the step up to six furlongs will really suit him. This race isn’t the be all and end all for him though, he’s being targeted at the Commonwealth Cup and needed to go somewhere before Ascot. He’s very laidback but can really gallop.

4.30 Newcastle – Double Dealing

A good, hardy horse for whom the run will do him the world of good. Ours don’t tend to blow up and his chance here depends on what’s in against him. I don’t think he’s one for Royal Ascot, but would love to be proved wrong. He's going well and ready to run.

5.05 Newcastle – Society Queen

She can be quite exuberant so I hope they go a good gallop to give the jockey a chance of settling her. If they go a hack canter then he’s in trouble. If she gets a pace to aim at she’ll be coming home.

6.15 Newcastle – Lawaa

He hasn’t shown a lot at our place this spring but then he never has. He’s run alright a few times and is in a handicap so if the handicapper is right then he has his chance.


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