Richard Fahey column on his Chester runners

Last Updated May 11 2017, 15:19

Richard Fahey's unmissable horse-by-horse guide to his Chester team for Thursday, including Areen Heart.

Our first runner on Thursday is Gabrial’s King in the Gateley PLC Changing The Legal Landscape Handicap. He’s drawn five which is good – it’s a smaller field than I expected – and he’s fit and well.

Ideally he’s better over further, we tried to get him in the Cup but he was balloted out, so ended up here. He’s in great order.

Gabrial ran a blinder when second to Sovereign Debt at Sandown last time, and is back up to a mark of 113 as result. He’s been a tremendous servant but it’s yet to be proven to me that a mile and two-and-a-half furlongs around here is his trip. That said he’s appeared in the last three runnings of the Huxley Stakes and they’d probably cancel the race if he didn’t turn up!

Areen Heart is one I really like and he was my horse to follow this year. He’s 2lb out of the handicap in the Boodles Diamond Handicap which isn’t something I normally do, but I think this track will suit him. They’ll go a good gallop and he’ll drop his head and race properly. I think he’ll run a big race.

Vona is drawn 14 for the T&L Leasing Handicap and will need all the luck. It’s not impossible to win from there but it does makes it tough which is a shame as she’s in great nick.

I’ve kept Energia Fox for the Virgin Atlantic Handicap and would love to see her win it for Marwan. She goes into it in great order, I’m very happy with her.

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