Richard Fahey guide to his Saturday team

Sands Of Mali represents the yard on QIPCO Champions Day
Sands Of Mali represents the yard on QIPCO Champions Day

Sands Of Mali spearheads our star columnist's Saturday team - check out his unmissable guide to them all.

Sands Of Mali works like a Group One horse at home but needs to be in the QIPCO British Champion Sprint at Ascot.

I thought he ran a bit better behind The Tin Man at Haydock last time and he'll like the ground on Saturday. It's just a question of whether he’s mentally and physically ready to beat the big boys this season. He’s improving the whole time at home though.

I was hoping Roaring Lion would run in the Champion Stakes but realistically that was never going to happen. His presence makes the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes even more difficult for Gabrial and I’d be delighted if he finished in the first six.

Madame Vitesse is a nice filly who makes her debut in the Best Flat Races Live On Racing UK Novice Median Auction Stakes at Catterick. She’s quite quick and is one we like but could just need the experience.

Royal Connoisseur is in great form and we’re very happy with him at home. He ran well at Carlisle last time and must have a chance in the William Hill Leading Racecourse Bookmaker Veterans' Handicap.

Bengali Boys misbehaved badly at Ayr last time and needs to bounce back in the William Hill Catterick Dash Handicap. He’s drawn wider than ideal but on soft ground they can come stands' side which would help him.

In contrast Scofflaw wants it to dry up for the Get So Much More With Racing UK Handicap. He’s a course-and-distance winner and this would be the worst race he’s run in for a while. He has a chance if the ground comes right.


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