Richard Fahey guide to his Saturday team

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

Our star columnist with an unmissable guide to a Saturday team headed by Third Time Lucky who is bidding to win a second Bet365 Cambridgeshire.

Big chances:

200 Chester - Gabrial The One

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39-2OR: 73
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310 Chester - Get The Rhythm

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38-9OR: 81D
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I’ve had the Bet365 Cambidgeshire in mind for Third Time Lucky for some time now – but I was thinking he’d have some soft ground to race on. Sadly, that isn’t the case but he’s in great order and has been kept for the race, which he won in 2015. It will be interesting to see how he goes as the test clearly suits him but any rain would be a big help.

We’ve stuck a pair of blinkers on Space Traveller in the Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes. Danny Tudhope felt he needed a little help concentrating in the Gimcrack. They need to have a huge effect for him to be competitive but we do like the horse.

Rare Emerald is our first runner of the afternoon in the Theakston Legendary Ales EBF Novice Stakes at Ripon. In all honesty there’s a couple in here that are likely to be too strong for her but she goes nicely at home and it would be nice to see her run a race on the track this time.

Commander Solo has his first start in a handicap in the Constant Security Nursery. He hasn’t shown much in three starts to date and I hope the handicapper’s right in thinking he’ll be competitive from a mark of 66. We'll have to see.

Requinto Dawn is as high as he’d want to be right now and needs to bounce back from a couple of below-par runs in the Ripon Cathedral City Of The Dales Handicap.

Pop Telecom tries very hard and is honest and genuine. She had her first run in a handicap at Chelmsford last time but could only finish sixth. The handicapper dropped her two pounds, I don’t know what difference he thinks that will make, but we’ll try again in the Lloyd Land Rover Ripon Apprentice Handicap.

We have our usual big team heading to Chester starting with Gabrial The One in the Boodles EBF Novice Auction Stakes. He has a good draw in three and is coming along nicely with racing. He has a chance.

Scofflaw won’t mind the ground and while he’s drawn wider than you’d want in the MBNA Handicap, they can win from off the pace on easier ground at Chester. He’ll need luck.

We run two in the Golden Square Shopping Centre Nursery. Get The Rhythm is a horse I do like and we were a fraction disappointed with him in the big sales race at Doncaster. I thought he’d run better there but he was drawn on the wrong side. He’s fared well in two here and I think he can bounce back and go well.

Gabrial The Wire has just become a little disappointing as he is a nice horse. Maybe he wants gelding and come back again next season but we’re happy with him at home still and he has good course form which always counts for something.

I’d love to see Angel Gabrial get his head in front again in the closing 1539 Handicap. He’s been running well enough of late and has a decent draw. We just need a bit of luck.

Gabrial’s King also runs. He’s just completely out of sorts it seems. He’s in good order at home but when he had the decent ground, which he likes, at the start of the season he was too high in the handicap. Now he’s come down the going has gone against him.

I think Kingson is a nice horse. I was a little disappointed with his last run at Beverley and he needs to step forward again in the Smarkets British EBF Novice Stakes at Haydock but he goes nicely at Musley Bank. It looks a warm little race though.

Miltia is a horse I like a lot. The Smarkets Handicap represents a big step up in class for him but the drop back to five furlongs on easy ground will really suit him. He needs to improve but I think he can and it would no surprise to see him run a big race.

Suegioo finished third in the Best Racing Odds On Smarkets Handicap last season and heads back there. He’s a funny old horse who Tony Hamilton loves riding. Suegioo decides when to go but if there’s a good early pace and they’re coming back at him late, he’s still very capable.


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