Richard Fahey brings us up to date with his strong team and looks ahead to Saturday's runners as Nimr returns to turf at Leicester.
Queen Kindly finished fourth in the Fred Darling at Newbury last weekend. She ran okay and the plan is to take her to the QIPCO 1000 Guineas at Newmarket on Sunday week.
They only get one chance to run in the race so we’ll give it a go and there’ll be more on her next week.
He ran a blinder the last day and has been an absolute star. If in the right mood and on a going day he’d have a chance here.
He’s very fit and very well and with this being a £45,000 pot we’re giving it a go.
Penwortham is a funny horse who has two ways of running. Seven furlongs round here will be right up his street and if at his best he wouldn’t be without a chance either.
Our two-year-olds are running well and Faradays Spark makes his racecourse debut in the SIS Novice Auction Stakes at Ripon. He wouldn’t be top of the tree on what we’ve seen at home but will hopefully win races somewhere down the line.
I’ve been frustrated waiting for some rain with Miss Van Gough who loves soft ground. They do a good job with the racing surface at Ripon though so she’ll start off in the RiponBet Place 6 Lucky Dip Handicap. She’s in foal to Mayson.
George Bowen has been extremely disappointing. The handicapper has been slow to react but that said every time we run him we fancy him. He’s a tricky one but on work at home he’d have a massive chance in the Visit attheraces.com Handicap.
We also run Right Touch who has nothing hidden from the assessor. He had a good campaign last year and likes the track here which is a plus. He’d need everything to drop right to win this from a mark of 99 but given luck could go well.
Gabrial’s King did well to win at Thirsk last week. Marwan Koukash is mad keen to run in the Chester Cup and if he picked up a double penalty by winning the Download The Free Attheraces App Handicap he’d have a small chance of getting in. He came out of Thirsk well.
Jedi Master ran a funny race at Leicester on debut. He set off to be a bit keen so Paul Hanagan gave him a chance and he then ran green.
We do think he’s a horse who will win races and he heads back there for the totescoop6 The Millionaire Make Novice Stakes but it depends on how competitive the race is as to whether he starts here.
Nimr is a strange one really. The handicapper didn’t miss him when raising his turf rating to 109 after he ran so well at Lingfield on all-weather finals day on Good Friday. He’s never run anywhere near that mark on grass but that’s the decision and we have to live with it.
There’s no reason why he shouldn’t be as effective on turf and on the best of his all-weather form he wouldn’t be without a squeak in the totepool EBF Stallions King Richard III Stakes as seven furlongs around here should suit him well.
Navarone is a horse who is working quite well. He finished fifth in a messy race at Musselburgh on his reappearance where he met with trouble in running from a bad draw.
It would be no surprise to see him go well in the toteexacta Pick The 1st & 2nd Handicap.
She’s been crying out for a step up in trip and gets it here. She’s limited but I do think she’ll find some improvement for the extra distance. I don’t know how strong the Fine And Country ‘Newcomers’ Maiden Stakes at Doncaster is but we run two nice horses in it.
Darkanna is a filly we like a lot. She will improve with experience and win races and goes well at home.
Dontgiveuponbob is quite a nice colt. He’s a homebred of Phil Smith’s and is another who is giving us positive signs. I’m not sure which will finish in front of the two here but it potentially could be a warm heat.
Invermere got shuffled back at Bath last time which can happen there and had no chance from halfway.
Forget that run and she should go well back over seven furlongs and in against her own sex in the Origin Broadband Superfast Fillies’ Handicap.