Richard Fahey guides us through his team for the weekend including eight in the totepool Two-Year-Old Trophy at Redcar and Stamp Hill in the Listed contest.
We’ve eight in the totepool Two-Year-Old Trophy at Redcar on Saturday.
Darkanna is probably the pick, particularly on ratings and she must have a big chance. She ran very well in the Cheveley Park and comes here with a mark of 104. As long as she’s over the Newmarket race – and we’re coming back quickly – she’ll run really well.
Regulator is quite nice but has a bit to find on official ratings. He disappointed at Ripon last time but it got quite tight for him by the stands’ rail that day and he could go well.
Simmy’s Copshop is what he is – very honest and genuine. We have nothing hidden and if he finished in the first three I’d be delighted.
I’d imagine seven furlongs is Jedi Master’s trip but this is a big pot and the owner is keen to have a go which I completely agree with. It would be great if he could pick up some money.
Maybride is a filly we like. I was disappointed she didn’t get her head in front at Haydock the last day but she seems to have come out of it well. We ran her at Royal Ascot – that’s how highly we think of her – and while she’s not rated to win this I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see her go well.
I was amazed when Requinto Dawn was disqualified at Beverley last time. He’s another with no secrets but is genuine and tries hard.
Invioable Spirit has been disappointing, particularly of late. I don’t know why as I like the horse and while he’s another who needs to step up, he has plenty of ability.
It’s just a question of whether Crownthorpe is going to be quick enough for this. He has no weight on his back and any rain to slow the race down would be very much in his favour. He’s tough.
Our first runner on the card is Sioux Frontier in division one of the Jack's Coaches EBF Stallions Novice Stakes. He’s very raw and will need the experience so it would be a pleasant surprise if he was up to winning on debut.
We’ve two interesting runners in the totescoop6 EBF Stallions Guisborough Stakes.
Don’t Touch needs to bounce back to his best. I was very disappointed with his last two runs at York but we know he’d be competitive here if back on song. We’ve put the blinkers on to see if they spark a revival.
It’s been very frustrating with Stamp Hill. We’ve kept him back for the big handicaps but he keeps getting balloted out despite being rated 99. It’s amazing. If I thought he was capable of running well in something like the Ayr Gold Cup – and I did – then I have to expect him to go well here too.
Rashford’s Double seems to be running himself back into form. His best efforts have been on the all-weather but he does handle cut in the ground on turf and the Racing UK Straight-Mile Series Final Handicap isn’t as competitive as it could have been for a £20,000 pot.
We run two in the totescoop6 Challenge Cup at Ascot.
Things didn’t drop right for Birchwood the last day, he was dropped in off a slow pace and the race didn’t suit him. He’d previously run well at Goodwood and has an each-way chance here.
Withernsea loves the track and any rain would help him. He was always on his head in the rearranged Ayr Gold Cup at Haydock last time and the return to seven furlongs will suit him.
Marie Of Lyon is on a roll right now. We’ve always liked her and dropping back to sprinting has been the key. She’s progressing well and goes to Newmarket for the British EBF Breeders' Fillies Series Sprint Handicap.
On the same card we run Just For Fun in the 150,000 Tattersalls October Auction Stakes. She has a lot to find on ratings but the owner has paid his money and she’s entitled to take her chance with money down to tenth.
Our final runner is Barefoot Baby in the bet365 Nursery at Wolverhampton. She’s been disappointing and is in the sales at Newmarket. I just want to give her a run on a better surface than she’s encountered of late to see if it brings about any improvement.