Fantastic climax to the Jumps season at Sandown plus four competitive Saturday Flat cards. In tomorrow’s 11am blog I will cover selections for the National Hunt, plus horses to keep an eye on and why I’ll be watching the rest of the #FantasticMrFahey army!
Good day in the office with Stoute and Moore (he’s suspended tomorrow) doubling up and Midhmaar running a cracker.
#startracking Saturday runners
Haydock 2.10 RIGHT TOUCH Did us all a favour at Ayr last backend and a horse with a winning attitude. Had a run on Lincoln day in the Spring Mile, albeit a poor one, but has better ground and his ideal trip of 7F here. What he wants is a good pace to aim at and with the likes of ex-Fahey Majestic Moon in the field that is what he should get. Jack Garrity, who won on him twice last season, takes the reins and I regard that as a plus. Plenty of stars are aligned here and he is a three star*** win selection @ 8/1 with Ladbrokes.
Haydock 2.10 WITHERNSEA I would have been all over this horse if they had had some rain this week as Haydocks 7F would have done nicely. Wouldn’t be surprised if he is taken out tomorrow. Watching Brief.
Haydock 3.20 GABRIALS KAKA he hacked up on the sand last Saturday and he is up 4lbs and out a week later. On past form he is still well in and Paul Hanagan said he picked up amongst horses. With confidence restored let’s hope Tom Queally (??) can persuade him to repeat the dose for the good Dr. K. He is a one star* win selection @ 9/1 with Coral, 8/1 general.
A typically trappy early season 14 runner C2 6F sprint at Ripon however ideal Fahey territory it being a 6-8F handicap on a Saturday. To add to the conundrum he runs four and I’m going to suggest backing two of them.
Ripon 3.50 TATLISU As his Trainer suggests in his weekend piece to sportinglife.com “Tatlisu is going to need a lifetime best to win this off 102 but does handle the track and Ripon can be a case of horses for courses.” The second point of handling Ripon, third on his last three visits, is what appeals plus an ability to run well first time up and Adam McNamara taking off seven pounds is a bonus. He is a one star* each way selection @ 7/1 with Betfred and Coral.
Ripon 3.50 ECCLESTON He was with Fahey as a 2yo, David O’Meara had him as a 3yo but he is now back at Musley Bank. Not an easy horse to win with but as the #FantasticMrFahey thinks he’s best of the four he has to be a one star win* selection @ 8/1 with Coral.
Ripon 4.55 UNDER ATTACK He made an eye catching debut for Sir Michael Stoute in June 2015 when 4th to Ibn Malik in a C4 7F maiden at Newmarket, easily outrunning his odds of 33/1. Sent off 5/2JF a month later for a similar contest at Sandown he displayed some “attitude” as the Racing Post recorded “Unseated rider before entering stalls, held up in 8th, dropped to last and urged along 2f out, kept on final furlong”. He has since been gelded and connections will be hoping for a more mature performance from this Dubawi colt. His breeding suggests he will need at least 10F as his mum was an OR100 rated middle distance filly. So we will watch on Thursday 5.50 Chelmsford, and then see how he gets on down the handicap route? Sent off an unfancied 10/1 shot he was unruly in the stalls and slowly away. Pushed to get a racing position on rails, midfield. Came four wide into the straight and kept on well to grab second behind Murad Khan. Has been given OR80 which is surely workable stepping up in trip.
He neither steps up in trip or goes in a handicap but runs in this C4 10F maiden in what looks a match with Victory Bond unless the Hugo Palmer newcomer Zorlu gets involved. At 2/1 with Betfred he is a one star win* selection. Probably best to wait until a few more firms price this race up.
Ripon 5.30 EARLY BIRD #FantasticMrFahey said in his sportinglife.com weekend news “Early Bird who is a filly we like. She won well on her final start at two at Catterick and she could run well here. She’s interesting.” That is enough for me to put her in #startracker and have a one star* win wager here @ 6/1 with Ladbrokes. James Sullivan is a rare jockey booking (0 from 4 in 2015).
Leicester 3.25 EAST INDIES I was hugely impressed when he won a 10F Monday night maiden at Kempton by 7L despite pulling all the way. He then stepped back to 7F for the big sales race at Newmarket and this middle distance prospect was never competitive. He has been gelded, which could help him settle, and he wears a first time hood, which should help him settle. He starts off handicapping over 12f, which his pedigree suggests should suit, carrying top weight in this C3 3yo race. The six in opposition have all had a run, three winning and the other three were second, and the Godolphin team have hardly hit the floor running so he has to be a Watching Brief but put him in your #startracker.
Leicester 4.00 HOME OF THE BRAVE I’m a fan of the trainer, Hugo Palmer, and this horse especially. He has ideal conditions here. “Home Of The Brave is in at Leicester and he is ready for a run, in fact I’m desperate to run him,” Palmer wrote in his Betfair blog. “He is zinging at home and couldn’t be more ready for a run.” He is a three star*** win selection @ 15/8 with PP.“Home Of The Brave is in at Leicester and he is ready for a run, in fact I’m desperate to run him,” Palmer wrote in his Betfair blog. “He is zinging at home and couldn’t be more ready for a run.”
Leicester 5.10 ULYSSES Ran in the other division of the C4 8F maiden at Newbury that Midterm won for Stoute. This chestnut son of Galileo out of Oaks winner Light Shift was a stronger fancy of the two on the day. Immature but stayed on in eyecatching fashion and is screaming out for 10/12F. Surely a G1 horse in the making.
Timeform says “Promising type. Sixth of 15 in maiden (4/1) at Newbury (8f, soft) on debut, considerately handled. Off 6 months. Up in trip. Stable having good spell and holds a Derby entry.” I think this is a REAL dark horse who was all over the gallop reports last season.This looks an ideal place to start, a C5 10F maiden at Leicester and this should be his next big step to stardom! Ted Durcan rides when supposedly he could have ridden the other two Stoute entries. Varians newcomer has been put in at odds on and just on the strength of stable form it’s the Stoute horse for me. If you can get anywhere near the 9/2 Coral are offering he is a two star** win selection.
Doncaster 6.35 FORGE Firstly add him to your #startracker. Juddmonte homebred son of Dubawi and who’s US raced dam was good enough to win the Beverley D. He was a tall leggy 2yo who has had just the one run. He was 7th in a warm 7F maiden at Newmarket behind Tashweeq. Travelled well just off the pace but was one pace from 2F out under hands and heels. Needs 10F+ and to grow into his substantial frame. Will enjoy a galloping track and probably Firm in the going description. He’ll enjoy Doncaster and its drying ground and hopefully 7F will be enough. He is a two star** win selection @ 5/2 with PP.
Doncaster 7.05 INVERMERE Could turn out to be a bargain buy at just £25K as she won her maiden at C4 level over Chester 7F having been placed over the same trip in her first three runs. Her final run was a close up sixth of fifteen in a competitive fillies nursery at Headquarters and she was only beaten in the last hundred yards. She could be another one who may come good in those 6F 3yo handicaps at Newmarket. May get 7F in time and yet to prove herself out of fillies only company.
A little surprised to find she’s taking the boys on in a C4 handicap over Doncasters straight mile! #FantasticMrFahey said in his sportinglife.com weekend news “Invermere is a filly who has done well over the winter. I’m looking forward to her run in the Black And Veatch Handicap although at this stage I’m a little unsure over whether she’s a seven-furlong or a one-mile filly. She starts out over the longer trip here.” His enthusiasm warrants a one star* win selection @ (to be updated in the morning)
Doncaster 7.35 SIMPLY SHINING #FantasticMrFahey said in his sportinglife.com weekend news “Simply Shining won the Yorkshire Water Charity Fillies’ Handicap last year and I thought she ran quite well on her reappearance at Nottingham. She’s entitled to improve for that run and if she does she’d be another who isn’t without a chance.” Young Adam McNamara makes his way from Ripon for this one ride and his seven pound claim will enhance the fillies chance. She is a one star* win selection @ (to be updated in the morning).