Richard Fahey: Lockinge raid
May 20 2017, 15:16
May 20 2017, 15:16
It's a busy Saturday for our star columnist Richard Fahey, including Ribchester's bid for Lockinge glory at Newbury.
His preparation since has gone without a hitch, he’ll handle the ground and I just hope he runs his race as he’s in with a real shout.
We also run Toscanini who is primarily in there to make sure they go a nice even gallop. That said if he handles the ground he wouldn’t be without a chance of grabbing a place.
Withernsea is what he is and didn’t run badly in the Victoria Cup last week. A mile on decent ground will really suit him in the Toronado Handicap. I’ve said before I think he’s going to pop up and win a nice pot one day but I’m struggling to predict when with him at the moment.
We’ve three runners at Newmarket.
Queen Penn never rose a gallop at all first time up at Nottingham which was very disappointing. We don’t know what happened but she never took part. I hope she’ll bounce back in the Betway EBF Fillies' Novice Stakes as she’s quite nice. We like her.
I fell out with Paddy Power some time ago. He’s the definition of a morning glory and has been very disappointing. We’ve decided not to over-race him now and he ran okay at Newcastle on his reappearance. He’s been freshened up since and on what we see at home it wouldn't be a surprise if he won the Betway Handicap but he just keeps disappointing on the track.
We run three in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden Fillies' Stakes at Thirsk.
Ajwan goes well at home, her work is good, and she’s ready for her debut. Collateral Beauty probably needs to go down the handicap route but is ready to run now as is Foxxy Brown, for whom similar comments apply.
Full Of Promise has been disappointing. He works as though he should be winning more races and on ability would be capable of landing something like the Book For Ladies' Day - Saturday 9th September Handicap but needs to put his best foot forward.
Flo’s Melody hadn’t shown a lot at home prior to her debut at Ripon but ran well to finish third. She seems to have come forward for the experience and is one of three runners for us in the Howcroft Industrial Supplies Ltd Novice Auction Stakes.
Jedi Master has been disappointing on both his starts as he shows ability at home. Hopefully he’d have place claims here.
Our final runner is Mabo, a newcomer who should improve with experience. He could be one for handicaps later on.
Imshivalla hasn’t really hit form yet. She runs herself into it every year. She’s always been like it, she decides when she’s going to fire and we’ll see what happens in the EBF Breeders' Series Chase Medical Fillies' Handicap.
We also run Lady In Question who has been working extremely well. She’s really strengthened up over the winter and I’d expect to win races this season – and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see her go very well here.
Our final runner is Khelman in the closing Bet & Watch At sunbets.co.uk Handicap. He is what he is and it’s all there to see in the formbook. He’s another who decides when and where he does it but he likes the track here which offers hope.
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