Richard Fahey's guide to his runners around the country today with Heaven's Guest back in action at Ascot.
Birchwood is our first Saturday runner in the Pertemps Network Spring Trophy Stakes at Haydock. He was very disappointing at Doncaster on his reappearance as he’d been working really well going into that. He is going nicely again now, we’re very happy with him, and I hope he bounces back as he’d have a chance here.
He isn’t getting any younger but the handicapper has just started to give him a chance and we’re giving it a go in a race that should suit.
To be at his best Withernsea needs some rain. He’s been knocking on the door in the big prizes and I’d love to win one with him but I do think he needs everything to be right on the day – with the ground the biggest factor.
I was a fraction disappointed with Heatongrad’s reappearance at Thirsk, where he finished sixth. We were very happy with him going into it and he needs to bounce back in the Download The App DG Cars Handicap at Nottingham.
Our final three runners are all at Thirsk.
Noah Amor is in great form right now – he was just touched off at Pontefract last time when trying to complete a hat-trick. He must have a big chance in the ABF The Soldiers' Charity Selling Stakes which doesn’t look the warmest of heats.
Things will be tougher for Scofflaw in the Dick Peacock Sprint Handicap. He’s possibly not ideally drawn in two although you can win from there in a big field such as this. He needs to be at his very best but is capable of going well if he is.
Dark Confidant has been a disappointing horse. We had his wind done before his last start at Catterick where he seemed to run a little better. Hopefully he can build on that in the closing Thirsk Racecourse - The Perfect Wedding Venue Handicap.