Richard Fahey: Super chances at Newbury, Newmarket and Ripon

Sporting Life columnist Richard Fahey on his weekend team
Sporting Life columnist Richard Fahey on his weekend team

Richard Fahey talks us through his six-strong team for the Weatherbys Super Sprint while pondering his next move with Sands Of Mali in his latest column.

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It just didn’t happen for Sands Of Mali in the July Cup unfortunately, but the good news is he’s come out of the race well and seems fine.

He got very dehydrated down there and came back a bit quiet, he sweated a lot. It just didn’t suit him and so we draw a line through it and carry on.

He lost quite a bit of weight down there. We’ve dripped him and he seems fine since, though, and if he has bounced back going to Deauville for the Prix Maurice de Gheest remains an option.

It was a good day for another of my sprinters as Mr Lupton won the Listed City Walls Stakes at York in good fashion over five furlongs.

He goes for the Nunthorpe as he seems to like the combination of the track and trip, he needs to step up but we’re going to give it a go and see.

I thought he won well, he got there too soon if anything and he seems to be getting quicker with age.

In other stable news we’ve sold Vange and Ninetythreetwenty to race in Hong Kong.

There’s quite a bit of business to be done in Hong Kong at the moment. They’re hard horses to find so it’s a shame to see them leave, but I’m afraid that’s the way it is - if they offer you so much you have to take it.

It’s five years since the recently-retired Peniaphobia left Musley Bank for Hong Kong and he did brilliantly out there, winning the Group One Hong Kong Sprint among other prizes.

He won the Weatherbys Super Sprint at Newbury for me in 2013 and I’ve won it twice since then, so it’s been a lucky race and I run six in it this year.

I’d say Red Balloons would be my first string but we had the favourite for it last year and won with an outsider so whether that means a lot I don’t know.

She’s a very fast filly, this is the race I’ve had in mind for her since the start of the season and I’m very happy with her.

I think she’s tailor-made for the race and she’s loads of natural speed, so she’d be the pick from my six.

Society Queen is progressing nicely. She’s a little bit hot and we don’t really know how good she is but she’s done nothing wrong so far.

This has been the plan for Good Tyne Girl since she won her maiden and her owners Middleham Park love the race as well. She’s got no weight and she’s very genuine so I’d be hoping she’ll run well.

I’ve put blinkers on Zebzardee. He’s not ungenuine or anything I’m just trying to get a bit more speed out of him. You blink and you miss this race, they’ll jump and run, so the headgear is just there to help him.

Essenza needs to improve plenty but she’s very genuine and she tries very hard so if she gets into the first 10 that’d be a good result.

I’ve been a fraction disappointed with Primeiro Boy as I thought he was okay. I don’t think he’d be as good as the other ones but we’ll see what happens.

Bengali Boys comes home clear
Bengali Boys comes home clear in last year's Super Sprint for Richard Fahey

I’ve got five running at Ripon but I don’t start with high hopes as Pair Of Savannas has shown nothing at home and she showed nothing the other day, so we’re dropping her into a low grade in the Dobsons Gaskets Selling Stakes to see what happens.

Eljayeff improved well last time when winning easily at Carlisle and he’s probably the one they have to beat in the British Stallion Studs EBF Novice Stakes.

Silver Dust runs in it as well and it looks like we’ll be going the handicap route with him, I’d be surprised if he were to beat his stablemate but we’ll see what happens – I just think he’s struggling to win a maiden.

Indomeneo loves the track and he’s won over the course and distance of the Sky Bet Go-Racing-In-Yorkshire Summer Festival Handicap. I think the ground might be quick enough for him but they do a very good job there where it’s horses for courses and he’s one of them.

Stewardess runs in the maiden handicap, it’s not a great race. I hope she runs well for the owner and she could do.

Finally, I’ve two running at Newmarket starting with Penwortham in the Smarkets.com Handicap.

He won well at Chester the other day, he’s gone up 5lb and whether he’ll stay the mile we’ll have to see. It’s a valuable race though so it’s worth taking a punt.

I was fractionally disappointed with Regulator’s run the other day, but seven furlongs is probably his trip so I’m hoping he runs well in the Aspall Cyder Handicap.

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