Right let’s see what is worth a bet this sunny Bank Holiday Saturday. There will be few more selections at 12noon tomorrow.
Newmarket 3.00 DRIFTING SPIRIT One star* each way @ SP.
This blog last Tuesday “DRIFTING SPIRIT Daughter 0f Clodovil who fetched £38K as a foal, upped to £52 as a yearling. Successful thrice as a 2yo from seven runs and completed her juvenile season 11th of 12 in the G3 Oh So Sharp Stakes but beaten less than 7L. The jury has to be out as to whether she has trained on. In two starts in 2016 she has looked one paced, 10th in a hot C2 Handicap at Newmarket and third in a five runner C3 at Pontefract. Prior to her seasonal debut her trainer told sportinglife.com “In an ideal world, Drifting Spirit would have been out before now this season, but she’s had one or two problems with her sinuses. She’s fine again, but I just have a worry she might be in need of the run as she returns in the Price Bailey EBF Stallions Fillies’ Handicap.” She is now down from OR90 to OR87. She is a good sized scopey filly and if in full health must be interesting. Trip, course, grade are all fine. What will the market say? “
“Drifting Spirit had a few problems with her sinuses earlier in the year but is fine now and we need to get her racing. She’s a course and distance winner which always helps and is in good order again now.” Richard Fahey/sportinglife.com
Newmarket 3.35 MASTERPAVER Oh joy, Tony Hamilton replaces SDS! One star* win @ SP.
This blog last Tuesday “MASTERPAVER Has had a cracking season on Turf (112343) rising from OR67 to present career high of OR83 but last two runs were a three-quarter length 4th to Oceane over 14F in a C3 at Ascot and an excellent 2nd in the 12F C2 John Guest at the same Berkshire venue. Spent much of his life on the AW peaking at OR94 so there may still be more to come. Likeable creature. The Newmarket race is a 13F C2 £45K pot, a furlong further than the Hamilton C3 £26K prize. Holds an ambitious Cesarewitch entry.”
“Masterpaver who has been in fantastic form all year. He ran a cracker when second at Ascot last time and must have a good chance in a competitive race.” Richard Fahey/sportinglife.com
Newmarket 4.10 EASTERN IMPACT Three star*** win @ 3/1 with WH.
This blog last Tuesday “EASTERN IMPACT Reunited with Jack Garritty back at his beloved Newmarket. Eastern Impact’s form over HQ’s 6F is 4121136 and the last two runs have been in the Group 1 July Cup!! He comes out on top on Official Ratings and may have most to fear from two familiar faces. Mayfair Lady, a current stablemate and her two wins at York were impressive and she gets an 8lb pull for being a 3yo filly. Baccarat an ex Musley Bank inmate from where he won the Wokingham at Royal Ascot before being sold to Godolphin.
My notebook says, more than once, “Eastern Impact is a Newmarket 6F specialist, he is simply 10lb better there than anywhere else. Group 3/Listed is about his level. He doesn’t really want Soft in the going.”
“We run Eastern Impact and on the figures he should finish in front of the filly. He’s in good order, ran well in Ireland last time and loves the track here. He’s definitely one for the shortlist.” Richard Fahey/sportinglife.com
Beverley 3.10 MR LUPTON Two star** win @ 7/1 with WH.
This blog last Tuesday “MR LUPTON His wins in the big Doncaster 2yo sales race and the 3yo 6F Charity Sprint at York are outstanding bits of top drawer form, not too much wrong with his seconds in the Newbury Super Sprint and the Redcar Champion 2yo! Indeed at York Jamie Spencer brought Mr Lupton from another parish to pick up no less a horse than Stewards Cup winner Dancing Star giving her 13lbs! That win saw him move to Group 3 level with an OR111. 5th in the G3 Chipchase on the Tapeta at Newcastle (?) when his high draw did him no favours and then a disappointing run in the G3 Hackwood at Newbury. At Newbury Mr Lupton was alongside eventual winner The Tin Man before Spencer bought Mr Lupton to the stands side and never really found a seam before easing off whilst the Red Sea opened down the middle for the winner!
Great horse who reminds me of Sole Power and I’m convinced he’s talented enough to pick up a Group sprint, even a Group 1, in the next couple of seasons unless sold for a king’s ransom to the Far East a la Peniaphobia, Good Ole Lukey etc.etc.!
Barry McHugh gets the leg up here.”
“Mr Lupton was a little disappointing at Newbury last time but we’ve given him a break and are very happy with him at home. We’re back to five furlongs here and I hope they go very quick up front as my lad will be trying to pick them up late.” Richard Fahey/sportinglife.com
In italics Richard Fahey/sportinglife.com
Newmarket 2.25 ANDOK Plenty of size and professional on debut over 7F at Redcar at C5 level when galloped all over these and quickened nicely having made a gap a furlong out. £60K son of Australian sire Elzaam.
“Andok did well to win at Redcar first time and will progress further.” Richard Fahey/sportinglife.com
Newmarket 2.25 CLEF Up 9lb for winning a similar event a fortnight ago. Cheveley Park’s is a pocket rocket daughter of Dutch Art, not big in stature but all heart. 5lb claimer Callum Shepherd has just his second mount for #FantasticMrFahey. “Clef is an absolute star. She’s so tough and genuine. She was impressive here the last day and we’re taking five pounds off with Callum Shepherd to try and help her out. She’ll always give her best and you’d never draw a line through her.” Richard Fahey/sportinglife.com
Newmarket 3.00 PENWORTHAM – Watching Brief
This blog last Tuesday “PENWORTHAM Battled to a C5 7F handicap in July on Good to Firm ground off OR74. Up 6lb but an excellent, gutsy, narrow second to York winner Arcanada at Chester in 7F C2 on Good ground. Up another 4lbs then dropped two grades to C4 on good ground at quirky Epsom and despite leading to 2F out he never looked comfortable and he found nothing! Has the handicapper got him on OR84?”
“I haven’t been able to find a race for Penwortham for weeks. I’ve been looking for a seven furlong handicap around a bend with him and he keeps getting balloted out. He’s in great form at home and the ground will be fine for him so he could go well too.” Richard Fahey/sportinglife.com
Newmarket 4.10 MAYFAIR LADY – Watching Brief
This blog last Tuesday “MAYFAIR LADY Won her maiden over 5F at Pontefract as a 2yo, then hosed up in a C2 York Nursery making every yard. She repeated the dose on 3yo debut over 6F on the Knavesmire and a mark of OR107 put paid to her handicapping days. Her form at Pattern level is 4566 so she has a bit to prove as she goes in search of Black Type away from York.”
“I’d love to get some Black Type here with Mayfair Lady. She’s a filly we’re very sweet on, she tries very hard, and on ratings she’d have a small chance of picking some up. I hope she does.” Richard Fahey/sportinglife.com
Goodwood 2.45 BELLE MEADE
“Belle Meade is another we’re trying to pick some Black Type up with in the Prestige Stakes at Goodwood. She’s got to step up on what she’s done so far but is open to improvement.” Richard Fahey/sportinglife.com
#FantasticMrFahey runs four in this £100K C2 7F Handicap.
Goodwood 3.20 HEAVENS GUEST – Watching Brief
This blog last Tuesday “HEAVENS GUEST Yet to shine in three visits to the downland track and the ground is a bit quick but it’s a big pot and worth a shot. Still think a Soft ground Ayr Gold Cup is his best chance. Since July 14th 2014 when Heavens Guest was put up to OR103 he has run twenty three times, sixteen in C2 handicaps, and his mark has always been in the OR103-108 range! Still the 6yo gelding has won close on half a million pounds!”
“I argued with the handicapper that Heaven’s Guest wouldn’t win a race this season and sadly so far I’ve been proved right. He’s run some good races though and while he’s as high as you’d like him to be, we’ll take our chance.”
Goodwood 3.20 WITHERNSEA – Watching Brief
This blog last Tuesday “WITHERNSEA Surely he will land one of these C2 Saturday pots or is OR96 just too high? He’s a hold up horse, so Mr Spencer is always a bonus. Straight, flat tracks such as Doncaster suit best. 7F is his trip and I always thought he needed some cut in the ground but his run on Good to Firm at Newmarket on the 8th July was excellent, so maybe not. Paul Hanagan rides here and not too worried about Stall 12 of 20. Could see him winning at Ayr.”
“I’d love some rain for Withernsea who has been ruining well on quicker ground this year but is best with a little give underfoot. The owners are keen to have a go at this £100,000 pot and I can see why.”
Goodwood 3.20 FARLOW – Watching Brief
This blog last Tuesday “FARLOW Prior to his last run at Newmarket I blogged “He maybe an 8yo but he’ still retains plenty of ability. He runs the 7F at Newmarket very well and he just needs to be close enough in The Dip to make his late surge count. His last visit was most encouraging when 6th beaten less than two lengths. He has top weight here but for a reason and seems to have seasoned handicappers in opposition as opposed to any obvious improvers.”
Now not so sure now that Father Time hasn’t caught up with him. This will be Farlow’s fifth run in seven weeks where he has shown nothing but midfield mediocrity. Getting outpaced at halfway then sort of keeping on. However his mark has tumbled from OR102 to OR96 a pound below his last winning mark of twelve months ago. Indeed one more midfield show and he could be down to a mouth-watering OR95?”
“In contrast Farlow has a good slot in two but he is another who I feel is badly handicapped. The handicapper disagrees and I hope he’s right. He’d also benefit from any rain.” Richard Fahey/sportinglife.com
Goodwood 3.20 NUNO TRISTAN – Watching Brief
This blog last Tuesday “NUNO TRISTAN Prior to his run in the 7F International at Ascot his trainer said on his sportinglife.com blog “Nuno Tristan is in the form of his life right now. I just wonder whether he’s man enough at the moment for a test like this but he couldn’t be in better order heading down there.” He ran a cracking fifth and has since finished third to Hoof It in the 6F Stewards Cup Consolation here at Goodwood and ninth in the C2 6F Great St.Wilfred at Ripon. Still only 7lbs above his winning mark at Redcar and steps back up to 7F with Ebor winning claimer Adam MacNamara taking 5lbs off. Stall 15 is probably a little wider than ideal and the boy will need to be on his mettle.
Prior to his last run I blogged “OR94 Along with Growl he has been a useful addition to the #FantasticMrFahey sprinting squad. Both bought astutely for Dr K at last season’s Horses in Training Sales. As in form as any in the yard, winning at Redcar over 7F, fifth in the 7F C2 International at Ascot and a running on third in the Stewards Cup Consolation at Goodwood back at 6F. First look at Ripon off a career high mark is a big ask and I’m not sure Good to Firm ground brings out the best of him, especially over 6F. I expect Tony Hamilton to choose him.” Ground has eased to Good, he’s drawn near the pace and the race could be set up for him!”
“Nuno Tristan is in good order for all he was a little disappointing at Ripon last time. He’d have a chance of bouncing back here but is drawn wider than I’d have liked in 15 which makes it difficult.” Richard Fahey/sportinglife.com
Goodwood 5.05 DAWN MIRAGE
Dawn Mirage is a horse who likes to go forward so stall nine wouldn’t be ideal in the Whiteley Clinic Stakes. That said he still has a chance as track, trip and fast ground all look ideal for him. Richard Fahey/sportinglife.com
Beverley 4.20 DOLPHIN VISTA
“I’d love some rain for Dolphin Vista in the totepool Live Info Download The App Handicap. He’s disappointed a couple of times on fast ground and while this is competitive, he goes there in great form.”
Beverley 4.55 NORMANDY KNIGHT
“Normandy Knight won at Redcar the other day and I hope he gained some confidence from it. Any one of four or five could win the totepool Follow Us On Twitter Handicap and I hope my fellow is one of them.”
In italics Richard Fahey/sportinglife.com
“One Boy has the coffin box of 11 for division one of the totepoolliveinfo.com Handicap although if the rain comes it might not end up being that bad. He’ll need plenty of luck but isn’t out of it.
Masamah is about the same age as myself and has been a little disappointing. We haven’t had him that long though and try again in division two of the totepoolliveinfo.com Handicap. We’re happy enough with him at home.
Ingleby Spring is very tough and genuine. The trip and ground are right in the Charlotte And Danny Got Married Apprentice Handicap and it’s just a question of whether he’s good enough to give weight all round.
Our final runners are at Redcar. Bahamian C is what he is but has got himself well handicapped and Emily Bullock is a good rider so he has a chance in the racinguk.com/daypass Handicap.
Right Action has run well twice – and disappointed twice – in his four-race career. On his best form he’d have a big chance in the Bakers Tailoring And Formal Hire Maiden Auction Stakes and I hope he brings his A-game with him.
Finally Desire runs in the Racing UK HD On Sky432 Handicap. She’s been a disappointing filly who shows more at home than we see on the track. We tried her in blinkers but they didn’t make much difference so we’ve removed the headgear here and hope she bounces back.”