Queen Kindly sets out on her three-year-old campaign and trainer Richard Fahey guides us through his Saturday runners.
Saturday is a big day for Queen Kindly who heads down to Newbury for the Dubai Duty Free Stakes. She’s in great form at home and we’re on a fact-finding mission as to whether she’s going to stay further this season.
She starts over seven furlongs and has a very good mind, which is a help. We’re very happy with her going into the race and she’s a filly with loads of natural speed so if she does stay she’s pretty exciting. As I said, a big day for her.
We’re double-handed in the Be Wiser Insurance Spring Cup Handicap. I don’t know what happened with Another Touch in the Spring Mile at Doncsater. Perhaps he was jet-lagged as he’d only stepped off the plane from Dubai three days before but never ran his race.
I hope he bounces back here but it’s very competitive. We also run Home Cummins and it’s nice to have her back out. She runs well at York but has good form elsewhere too and we’ve been happy with her preparations.
I thought the Hambleton Suite - Your Perfect Reception Venue Selling Stakes at Thirsk could have been a tougher test for Noah Amaor. He has to carry a double penalty and I nearly didn’t enter him but we’re claiming seven off with Connor Murtagh and this horse knows how to win which is important in this grade. He has a chance.
The ebfstallions.com Michael Foster Conditions Stakes is a tricky test for Rene Mathis in that he’s up against a 110-rated horse in Custom Cut. He’ll be hard to beat but hasn’t run at seven furlongs for a considerable time and we’re a specialist at the trip. Our horse is fit and well and we’ll see how he goes.
Megan Lily isn’t very big and finds herself with top weight in the Watch Racing UK In HD Handicap so we’re taking seven off her too. She’s been working well and looks an absolute picture. She’s done well over the winter and is ready to go.
We also run Blue Suede who we’re still learning a bit about. I thought she ran okay at Nottingham the other day and might improve a bit for it. We’ll see how she gets on.
Gabrial’s King looks well – as do all of Marwan Koukash’s this spring. Pat Morris has done a great job with them. He reappears in the New 'Cherry Tree' Premier Racegoers' Package Handicap and while he might just need it, we’re happy with him.
We’ve three runners at Nottingham starting with Simmy’s Copshop in the PartyPoker Live Millions Novice Stakes. He’s quite a nice horse who goes well at home. He’ll definitely win races this season although whether it will be this one on debut we’ll have to see.
Champion Harbour was a disappointing horse last season – he never achieved what we were expecting. It’s a case of going back to basics with him this campaign, starting in the PartyPoker Powerfest Handicap.