Richard Fahey guide to Dante Festival team at York on Thursday

Last Updated May 18 2017, 16:29

York racecourse

Forest Ranger leads the charge for Richard Fahey on Thursday as he gives us the lowdown on his Dante Festival squad.

I’m really looking forward to running Forest Ranger in the Betfred Dante at York on Thursday.

Sadly everything’s turned here – the horses you didn’t want to run are the ones who we are facing - but I really like my horse. 

There was no fluke about his win at Newcastle on his reappearance where he beat some highly regarded rivals. He’s very laid back and the outing has done him the world of good. Whether he’s good enough to win a Dante we’ll have to see but it’s been the plan for a while and he couldn’t be in better form.

He’s a huge horse and one who’s going to improve with racing.

The form of Another Touch’s second at Newbury last time is beginning to stack up. A couple have come out of it and won – others have run big races elsewhere - and our fellow is in great order going into the Betfred TV Hambleton Handicap. His chance depends on how soft it gets, his best form is on top of the ground, but he’ll run.

Home Cummins is drawn 17 which I’m not happy about. She’s a track record holder around here and loves the place but she’ll need luck from out there.

I’m quite excited to see Brian The Snail run in the British Stallion Studs EBF Westow Stakes. I was a little unsure about switching him back to five furlongs – he did win at the trip on fast ground at Pontefract on debut last year – but the slower ground helped me make up my mind here.

I asked one of our riders if he had the speed to cope and was told the horse was quick enough for four furlong so I hope they’re right! He is in great form and looks exciting.

We’re double-handed in the Stratford Place Stud Breeds Group Winners Maiden Stakes. Dontgiveuponbob ran okay on debut at Doncaster. I’d be a little surprised if he won a York maiden but he has the benefit of a run under his belt and you never know.

Zap is a nice colt by Mayson who will be suited by the six furlong trip. His sire didn’t need soft ground but we know he went on it so you’d hope this fellow will handle conditions. He’s a good, hardy, colt who goes nicely and will improve for the race.

Gabrial’s Star never got into it a Chester last week but finished off well so the step up in trip for the closing Investec Wealth Handicap should suit him. We’ve taken the visor off and put cheekpieces on in the hope they’ll help him lay up a bit better.

Maybe be was just getting fed up of the blinkers and he’s handicapped to run a race as long as his effort last week hasn’t left any ill-effects.

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