Richard Fahey column ahead of Darley Dewhurst at Newmarket

Last Updated October 13 2017, 08:13Racing
Mustashry (r) denies Forest Ranger and Sovereign Debt
Mustashry (r) denies Forest Ranger and Sovereign Debt

Richard Fahey provides a horse-by-horse guide to his Saturday team and an update on the Champions Day-bound Ribchester.

We make no secret of the fact we love to have winners at York and we've got another chance to boost the 2017 tally on the Knavesmire with a total of 13 representing the yard there on Saturday.

We're firing two bullets at the Listed coral.co.uk Rockingham Stakes including Dance Diva who returns from a short break. We're happy with her at home, she's had plenty of racing but she seems in great form. She needs to step up on what she's done earlier in the season, though dropping back to six furlongs will suit her in my view.

It Dont Come Easy hated the heavy ground at Chester but he ran well. It was a tough enough race in the conditions and hopefully it hasn't left a mark on as it was good to get him back to form.

We've gone one better with three in the line-up for the Coral Sprint Trophy.

Growl has, hand on heart, been a shade disappointing so we've put a pair of blinkers on him instead of the usual cheekpieces. If the change helps then he's quite well handicapped on his best form.

Eastern Impact looks out of form but he's been running on slowish ground which probably hasn't helped him and the better ground will suit. He's not badly handicapped now either.

Mr Lupton's a course winner and has been running well without winning lately; I thought he ran well twice at Haydock last month. We're also claiming with him with Sebastian Woods taking off 7lb. He's Wendyll Woods' son so is bred to be a jockey and he's progressing along nicely, so it's nice to give Sebastian the chance to ride a horse like Mr Lupton.

We're also triple-handed in the Coral Nursery Handicap and Buckstopper Kit is quite a nice horse. He's very laid back but he's a big type with plenty of scope so could keep on progressing.

Shazzab did well to win the other day but will need to improve on that, while Reinbeau Prince is out of the weights and needs to step up quite a bit to be competitive, but we're happy to let him take his chance.

Chief Justice is our main hope in the coral.co.uk EBFstallions.com Novice Stakes. He caught us out a little bit in the Acomb when he unfortunately refused to race but I wouldn't say he has a problem with his temperament. He's just a bit thick I'm afraid.

Having said that, he's a horse we like a lot and we're hoping if he does everything right then he can run a big race.

Sempre Presto looks up against it from what we've seen of her so far, but it's still early days in her development.

Queen Kindly (right) is expected to show up well on Saturday

Angel Gabrial has been running quite well and must have a chance in the Coral Stayers Handicap.

The assessor has finally given him a bit of slack but the problem with this kind of horse is that he was a very good one on his day but by the time he's come back down the weights he's obviously not quite what he used to be.

I'd love him to get another big day in the sun but he's not getting any younger.

It just didn't happen for Carnageo at Pontefract the other day but he generally goes on any ground and the last time he went to York he won. He's running off a career-high mark so needs to pull out a bit more but he's in really good form ahead of the Coldstream Guards Association Cup Handicap.

We've also got Society Red in there right at the bottom of the weights and he's been mixing in pretty strong company all season. He's quite a nice horse and I was delighted he deservedly won a valuable pot at Beverley last time. I expect him to keep progressing throughout his career and is still one to be looking forward to.

It's a good card down at Newmarket and we're having a shot at the Darley Dewhurst Stakes with Great Prospector. We clearly like the horse. He's not shown the form of some of Saturday's rivals but I feel seven furlongs on good ground will be just right for him and if he's good enough to get into the first four I'd be over the moon, in all honesty.

Clubbable is a real star who tries extremely hard and I'd love her to win the Darley Nursery Handicap. She's been running well in defeat, just finding one too good, and I think she may have just been a tad unlucky not to win at Newmarket last time.

Our three in the Darley EBF Stallions Boadicea Stakes are Queen Kindly, Marie Of Lyon and The Wagon Wheel.

I got drawn into running The Wagon Wheel over five furlongs at Musselburgh but that was far too sharp for her and six furlongs will be much more her thing. It's a quick turnaround but I think she has a place chance and it'll be Marie Of Lyon's last run of the year so we'll try and get her some black type if we can.

Queen Kindly has to concede weight all round but she must have a big chance nevertheless. I thought she ran well in the Abbaye at Chantilly and going back to six furlongs will definitely suit her.

The Darley Club Stakes is a competitive Group Three but our lad Forest Ranger has been beaten by really progressive horses (Beat The Bank and Mustashry) recently and he is getting better himself, his handicap mark going up tells you that. He's a good horse and as time goes on I'd expect him to be getting even better.

He needs a lifetime best to win this but I wouldn't be at all surprised if he produced one.

We're just a week away from Champions Day and Ribchester will obviously be flying the flag for Musley Bank in the QIPCO Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.

Everything has gone 100% with him. We took him away recently and were very happy with him.

We know he likes the track at Ascot, he's won twice there and was just beaten by Minding in last year's QEII so it would be absolutely fantastic to go one better.

We couldn't be happier with the horse, he's improving mentally and physically the whole time and it may sound silly after 14 career starts but he's still progressive. He's just a pleasure to have in the yard.

After Ascot there could be the option to go to America, we'll just have to see how he is after next weekend. I've actually nominated him for the race in Japan on November 19 (Grade 1 Mile Championship at Kyoto), but for now it's all about Ascot before we think too far ahead.

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