Richard Fahey column: Saturday runners

Last Updated July 15 2017, 12:09Racing
Mr Lupton: Faces tough test in the Darley July Cup
Mr Lupton: Faces tough test in the Darley July Cup

It is another action-packed Saturday and top trainer Richard Fahey gives us the lowdown on his 30 runners.

I was lucky enough to win the Darley July Cup with Mayson a few years ago but I’d be delighted if either of my runners this year finished in the first four.

Growl reared up in the stalls at Royal Ascot, unseated Paul Hanagan, and that was that. This is a very warm race and he’ll have to be at his very best to be competitive.

So will Mr Lupton who had been running well this season before disappointing at Salisbury last time. He needs to bounce back.

Marie Of Lyon is a filly we like. I’ll always excuse a horse a disappointing run at Royal Ascot and she drops back down in trip for the Spa At Bedford Lodge Hotel EBF Stallions Fillies' Handicap which could suit. I wouldn’t be surprised if she ran well.

Withernsea regularly turns up in the big handicaps and tries to win one in the bet365 Bunbury Cup. To be at his very best he’d want a bit more juice in the ground so any rain would be welcome.

Great Prospector is a horse we like a lot. We have been minding him a little but he’d been working well before winning on debut at Nottingham. The bet365 Superlative Stakes represents a step up in class but the trip should suit and we’ll find out how good he is here.

Constantino bounced right back to form at Newcastle last time, winning well after a good break. He was fresh there and I’d just love to see him run to that same level on turf in the John Smith's Racing Handicap at York. He hasn’t got the best of draws but is in great order.

Gallipoli was very disappointing here last time. He’s up in trip and I hope that’s going to suit but he needs to improve from that run.

Garcia makes his seasonal reappearance in the 58th John Smith's Cup Handicap. He just had a little, niggly problem and we gave him plenty of time to get over it. He comes here very fit and very well and this has been the target since the start of the campaign. I hope he’s going to run well in a competitive race.

Another Touch is drawn wider than I’d want in 19. He’s going up in trip and we’ll have to drop in from there and hope they go a good gallop as he’ll be looking to get back at them late on.

We have four in the John Smith's Novice Median Auction Stakes.

Collateral Beauty ran okay at Pontefract on debut and should come forward for that - although whether she’s up to winning a York maiden I wouldn’t know.

Lucky Lucky Man and Push N’Pull have both taken time to come to hand but are ready to run now and this is a nice place to start.

We also introduce Sands Of Mali, who goes well and is a nice horse. I’ve put him in the Gimcrack back here in August and while I may have been getting a little exited there, he’s a horse with a future.

Gabrial’s King ran okay at Newcastle last time. He’s a horse who needs everything to drop right but if it’s a going day he’d have a small chance in the John Smith's Stayers' Handicap.

So would Gabrial’s Star, who decides what he does. He’s part of the furniture here and while he’s in-and-out, he seems in good nick right now.

Jedi Master won twice in two days last month and we’ve freshened him up since. The handicapper hasn’t taken a chance going into the John Smith's Nursery but he’s a horse on a roll.

The Right Choice doesn’t have much weight to carry and is a horse who shows a lot more at home than he has on the track so far. He could be interesting here because on the way they work, Jedi Master would struggle to give him 15 pounds. However that’s a horse who knows how to win.

Jasi played up at the start on his last intended start at Pontefract so I hope he’s on better behaviour in the Stella Artois/EBF Stallions Novice Stakes at Chester. He has ability but a penalty never makes it easy in these races. 

The Wagon Wheel hasn’t got a great draw in nine for the MBNA Make Good Stuff Happen Fillies' Handicap which is a shame as she has the ability to run well here.

Boundsy has fared only a little better in eight for the West Way Nissan Handicap. He’s in great form, has done nothing wrong and likes the track.

This trip around Chester will suit Theos Lolly in the CSP Audio Visual Handicap and we take seven pounds off With Connor Murtagh. He’s another who has nothing hidden from the handicapper, he has been very consistent and pays the price for that.

Right Action has been running well of late and must have a chance in the closing Forward Builders' Supplies Celebrating 30 Years Apprentice Handicap. He proved himself at the track when second last time and needs luck in running from a handy draw.

I’d love to see Gabrial win a Group race and he goes to Ascot for the Fred Cowley MBE Memorial Summer Mile Stakes. We clearly have Mutakayyef to beat but my fellow is capable of going well if everything falls right.

Society Red ran well at York the other day and goes up in trip again in the Woodford Reserve Handicap. If it brings about any improvement, he’d have a small chance.

We send two runners to the Curragh for the Tote Scurry Handicap.

It was great to see George Bowen return to winning ways at Nottingham last time. We could have turned him out quickly under a penalty but decided to freshen him up and target this. He does like the track.

Gin In The Inn was disappointing at Newmarket last time and needs to bounce back. We’re happy with him going into it.

Lina’s Star didn’t run as well as we expected on her debut at Hamilton. She returns there for the BB Foodservice Novice Auction Stakes. She continues to show up well at home and I’d hope for better.

Northwest Frontier has been progressing well. He didn’t show a lot at home before his debut and we nearly sent him to the sales but he’s by Galileo and I’m pleased we persevered. I hope he can continue on an upward curve in the Daily Record Handicap.

Track and trip will be ideal for Reinstorm in the Handicap and he should be competitive for all he’d be vulnerable to any improvers.

Finally, Invermere goes in the Racing UK On Sky 432 Fillies' Handicap. She’s been very disappointing on her last three runs but we go up in trip and down in class to try and get her going forward again.

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