#startracking Tuesday May 31st 6.15pm

Busy little Wednesday! #SuperStoute runs his first 2yo of the season, a couple of better than decent races at Chelmsford and #FantasticMrFahey has some real players at Ripon.

Managed to have done a few and will do the rest in the morning.

Wednesday Runners

Chelmsford 7.40                     MALMASOTA This is a big step up in class but she could be anything. “Marco Botti trained, she is a big, rangy sort who had one run at Newmarket at the back end of last season and on 3yo debut here came from last to first in Wolverhampton’s straight in the style of a decent sort.” Well worth a one star* win @ 10/1 general.

 

#FantasticMrFahey 3yo’s

Ripon 7.00                              CARNAGEO Can’t ask for much more really! C5, 8F, Good ground, 0-70 off OR68.

Has to be a two star** each way selection @ 10/1 with .

My notes say “Another purchase from the Arquana/Saint Cloud Breeze-ups he was given time to acclimatise and then had three runs in five weeks in October/November. None of them were anything special but now gelded he is a big, scopey son of Pivotal and looks sure to leave his present mark of OR70 well behind when growing into his frame and this handicapping project should be best around a mile with a bit of give in the ground. He runs for the Up For Anything Syndicate, which may well sum this horse up! Made his 3yo debut in a C5 7 1/2F handicap at Beverley. Was restless in the stalls just before the off, missed the break, slow to gather pace, last. Stayed on really strongly and my notes say “Winner waiting to happen at 8F”! Looks to be competitive in a C5 0-70 3yo classified stakes, the start will clearly be important. Next time out in a 7½F, 0-70, Soft ground Beverley C5 3yo handicap. Tony Hamilton rides and they are in stall 6 of 10. Looks about spot on. 3rd  11/2 Out better, pushed to get prominent, 2nd, asked 2½F out, too much too early.

Ripon 7.30                              FLOWING CLARETS Made her seasonal reappearance in a C4 handicap at Ripon on Good to Soft ground. Drawn on inside, missed break by two lengths, still two lengths off the back at halfway, had to go five wide and flew home. Still green as grass but this daughter of Pastoral Pursuits is quick. 6F C4/C5 and has to win off OR75! Been put up 3lbs to OR78 but still worth a one star* win @ 7/2 general.

Ripon 8.00                              GRANDADS WORLD My notes sayGet him down a pound and a 6/7F C3 (?-95) on a flat track should do the biz!” Well he is down to OR90, into C3, back up to 6F which is great but Ripon is NOT a flat track, it’s undulating rather like Newmarket and will GW take to it or not? However the price of 14/1 with Ladbrokes is enough to tempt me into a one star* each way wager.

 

These are all a Watching Brief.

#FantasticMrFahey4yo+

Ripon 8.00                              STEVE PRESCOTT Never keen to put up a Koukash horse but the good Doctor may have seen the light with this talented individual. Campaigned as a 2yo almost exclusively round Chester, a course that my notebook at least twice said didn’t suit the horse, he ran last season on more orthodox courses and showed a real liking for Newmarket, 6F and Good to Firm ground. Given those conditions and the handicapper relenting a couple of pounds, I can see him back in the winner’s enclosure.

Can see him needing this run and it would help to get down to OR90?

 

#FantasticMrFahey 3yo’s

Ripon 7.30                              MUSTIQUE Sorry it’s another home bred filly but it is at least Sir Robert Ogdens! Mustique had a smoother passage than stablemate Prying Pandora when they were 1-2 in a Ripon C5 6F maiden. On her only other outing as a 2yo Mustique beat just one home in the G3 Firth of Clyde at Ayr’s Western meeting. Yet to be given an Official Rating she is very much in the “could be anything” category.

Been given an OR79 which is workable but this is a competitive event to open your season in. Let us see if she has trained on and perhaps wait for a Fillies’ handicap.

#SuperStoute2yo!!

Nottingham 2.00                   PARLANCE

#FantasticMrFahey2yo!!

Ripon 6.30                              YORKSHIRE BOUNTY

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#startracking Tuesday 31st May 2.05pm

All this Armstrong nonsense and I’ve been amiss in posting three runners of interest the #FantasticMrFahey does have racing today as well as a couple for #SuperStoute.

#FantasticMrFahey3yo’s

Leicester 3.00    EARLY BIRD         “Flat track, quicker ground, 5F may get 6F, C4 fillies handicap.” Leicester is a stiff 6F but this is fillies, C5 and 6F on Good to Firm ground. Paul Hanagan riding is a real bonus. Must be worth a one star* win selection @ 8/1 with Coral

Redcar 4.50         IN MY PLACE      After his latest run at Doncaster I wrote “Travelled well, needed racing room, never got a run. BHA Stewards Report “Sammy Jo Bell, the rider of IN MY PLACE, which was unplaced, reported that the gelding was denied a clear run.” Winner waiting to happen under similar circumstances. 6½F+, C5, Good to Soft+.” Ground may be a bit quick but he’s a better horse than his handicap mark OR63 and Tony Hamilton rides.

The price of 7/1 general makes him a worth a one star win selection.

Redcar 5.20         ROSE MARMARA I like this filly. “OK she is a home bred filly but she is owned by Jaber Abdullah and bred by Rabbah Bloodstock! Her mum was placed in the Nell Gwynn and won a 6F Listed race at Haydock and her dad, Exceed and Excel is a top sprint sire. On her first run she was third at Yarmouth in a fairly hot C5 6F fillies maiden keeping on to be five lengths behind a pair of fillies who have since earned black type. Next time out she took the colts on at Nottingham C5 5F and was unlucky winning “her race” in the middle of the course but the winner had a solo up that infamous stand side rail and was a length in front. Her stablemate Showbizzy was a further length behind. She put the record straight at the third attempt over Musselburghs minimum trip despite hanging right across the course! Had to race wide, wouldn’t put head down, niggled at throughout, won despite greenness. She is quick and will probably get 6F. OR70 surely underrates her talent.”

Made her seasonal debut on the Tapeta at Newcastle and was a keeping on 3rd, stays on OR70 and with the mercurial Jamie Spencer in the saddle, I make her a two star** win selection with Coral and WH @ 7/2.

#SuperStoute

Lingfield 7.20     HADDAJAH Al Shaqab Racing paid £200K for this daughter of Sea The Stars. Another already guaranteed her place in the paddocks and simply could be anything.

Haddajah                           6th           8/1 Like her stable mate, the winner Abingdon, she was cut in the market from 12/1. Held up in rear, indeed last 2F out, she kept on really well for an encouraging debut.

Drawn 2 here over Lingfield’s 10F with Dettori riding must have a favourites chance. As big as 5/2 last night, now only just odds against and too tight for these 3yo fillies maidens and I am having a Watching Brief. Wait for a decent 12F race?

Lingfield 8.50     ABERLADY After her debut last season I had this young lady on my radar but she has done nothing but disappoint since. One to be very wary of. #NotSoSuperStoute! AVOID!

 

#FantasticMrFahey has a few others running today the 2yo

Leicester 2.30             FORSTER SQUARE Looks a hot 2yo heat. Watching Brief.

Leicester 3.30 ZAINA RIZEENA Warm 3yo 7F fillies’ handicap. Needs to improve, Watching Brief.

Leicester 3.30 SUNNUA Warm 3yo 7F fillies’ handicap. Seasonal debut and Hayley Irvine (7) rides, Watching Brief.

 

 

#startracking Tuesday May 31st 1.15pm

So why has David Armstrong moved his horses from Richard Fahey?

I can’t have “time for a change” from either party. For many trainers the loss of a leading owner would be devastating, just ask Donald McCain, but #FantasticMrFahey had close on 300 horses and shouldn’t be an issue. Is it the start of something worse? Jaber Abdullah, Al Shaqab, the Steels (God Forbid!) or Dr K? A “friend” told me in my local shop Fahey was way out of form. Is he?

How does the early season Turf form for Fahey this season compare with the previous four?

Wins      Runners               %                            2yo Win         2yo runners       %

2016 TURF      37           315                         11.75                     8                           46                    17.4%

 

2015 TURF           53           316                         16.78                     12                     58                     20.7%

2014 TURF           44           321                         13.70                     14                    65                    21.55%

2013 TURF           47           300                        15.66                    11                     48                    22.94%

 

2012 TURF           26           245                         10.61                    4                     28                          14.28%

 

#FantasticMrFahey has been at par for runners on Turf in 2016 but is probably a dozen short on winners and for that I will put forward three reasons, two I can possibly justify and the third is a personal opinion.

  1. His older winning handicappers of last season are now too high to win despite running well.
  2. The trainers own opinion that “2yo’s have needed a run and we don’t know why”.
  3. Rides being shared around too many jockeys! Needs a number one jockey, day in, day out, at work, on course! Put the claimers on those that need it!

The table also shows the quantum leap the yard took between 2012 and 2013, runners up by 25%, winners by 80%.

Saturday saw #FantasticMrFahey have a 20/1 (friendless in market) 2yo winner at Chester but won in a professional manner and yesterday a well-supported Normandy Knight won a handicap at Leicester, put up on the line by the much missed Paul Hanagan. (see point iii above)

So which horses are leaving the yard? These are the horses Armstrong had in training with Fahey over the last season and start of this:

2016

Clayton Hall                        Brian Ellison                        78 1 5                     £5,499 £6,798 8.00

Hutton                                 Richard Fahey                    75 1 3                     £2,911 £2,911 6.00

Ormskirk                              Brian Ellison                        62 0 1                     £0 £0 -1.00

Lostock                                 Richard Fahey                    59 0 1                     £0 £164 -1.00

Penwortham                     Richard Fahey                    73 0 1                     £0 £241 -1.00

Robin Park                          Richard Fahey                    29 0 1                     £0 £0 -1.00

Robin Park                          Richard Fahey                   83 2 5                     £9,704 £10,425 14.50

Thornton                             Richard Fahey                    62 0 1                     £0 £0 -1.00

Limbrick                               Richard Fahey                    45 0 2                     £0 £0 -2.00

Ince Moss                           Richard Fahey                    42 0 1                     £0 £216 -1.00

Brindle                                 Richard Fahey                    54 0 1                     £0 £0 -1.00

Bromley Cross                   Brian Ellison                        68 0 3                     £0 £722 -3.00

Dalton                                   David O’Meara                 67 0 1                     £0 £635 -1.00

Eccleston                             Richard Fahey                    81 0 1                     £0 £0 -1.00

Beardwood                        Brian Ellison                        87 0 3                     £0 £2,185 -3.00

Brockholes                          Richard Fahey                    66 0 2                     £0 £1,733 -2.00

Birchwood                          Richard Fahey                   100 2 2                  £35,256 £35,256 11.91     Sold to Godolphin

Ribchester                           Richard Fahey                   109 0 2                  £0 £48,263 -2.00                Sold to Godolphin

2015

Lathom                                Richard Fahey                   101 2 7                  £126,160 £132,837 28.00

Eccleston                             David O’Meara                 104 2 11                £15,526 £20,165 6.00

Astley Hall                           Richard Fahey                   86 2 5                     £12,615 £14,925 4.25

Appleton                             Richard Fahey                   87 1 2                     £5,175 £12,555 1.75

Fishergate                           Richard Fahey                   78 1 4                     £3,881 £5,710 -1.38

Beardwood                        Brian Ellison                        90 1 7                     £3,881 £6,287 -5.09

Ormskirk                              Richard Fahey                   78 1 4                     £3,235 £5,640 -1.25

Lydiate                                 Richard Fahey                   70 1 4                     £2,911 £4,210 0.00

Penwortham                     Richard Fahey                   79 1 5                     £2,264 £2,745 -1.75

Winter Hey Lane               Richard Fahey                   64 0 4                     £0 £1,356 -4.00

Tarleton                               Richard Fahey                   67 0 3                     £0 £385 -3.00

Pippin Street                      Richard Fahey                   67 0 4                     £0 £1,540 -4.00

Hesketh Bank                    Richard Fahey                   59 0 2                     £0 £0 -2.00

Coppull Moor                    Richard Fahey                   46 0 1                     £0 £0 -1.00

Birkdale                                Richard Fahey                   74 0 2                     £0 £1,597 -2.00

Deansgate                          Richard Fahey                   66 0 3                     £0 £289 -3.00

Euxton                                  Richard Fahey                   69 0 5                     £0 £1,900 -5.00

Hutton                                  Richard Fahey                   69 0 2                     £0 £1,443 -2.00

Gathurst                              David O’Meara                 77 0 4                     £0 £3,369 -4.00

Kirkham                               Richard Fahey                   65 0 2                     £0 £0 -2.00

There aren’t too many stars in the 2016 list but the loss of the Highfield Farm/Armstrong 2yo’s could be serious.

 

#startracking Tuesday May 31st 10.15am

Opening this morning’s Racing Post was a real downer with news that David Armstrong’s horses were no longer being trained at Musley Bank by Richard Fahey!

It wasn’t a complete surprise as I had indeed sent a tweet out last Friday morning saying Just going through tomorrows runners and David Armstrong has moved two from Fahey to Ellison? Is there a story?” Especially sent it to Tom O’Ryan (@Ballyhurst) and Bobby Beevers (Radio Yorkshire) but with no reply.

Fahey and Armstrong have enjoyed tremendous success together especially at the top end of racing with the likes of Mayson and Garswood and I can’t think of a GOOD reason David Armstrong would want to send his horses to Brian Ellison, Ann Duffield, David O’Meara and AN Other.

Currently I am trawling the web to find if there is any more news whilst putting together a list of the horses leaving Musley Bank. Meanwhile here is some background information to David Armstrong.

 

Below is an article written by Weatherby’s Chris Hamilton a few years ago

“From pigeon loft to stud farm by Charles Hamilton May 11, 2015

Matthew Haxby runs our Wellingborough office and a trip up the M6 reminds him of why there is nothing else he would rather be doing. Having the opportunity to visit a client on their stud farm is one of the best parts of my job and I have just been up to Lancashire to see Chorley based businessman and Group 1 winning owner David Armstrong and his wife Emma.

The activities of the Armstrong Group encompass a range of recycling and environmental services, as well as a large stone and aggregate company supplied by six local quarries.   Their client list includes the supply of their own Gritstone to none other than Gaudi’s famous Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. It is a formidable business and enables David Armstrong to indulge a passion.

With the flat turf season in full swing, discussion inevitably turned towards horseracing and breeding.   Having conquered one world as a champion pigeon breeder and racer, David turned his attention to the sport of horse racing and it was love at first sight after a chance visit to Haydock Park.   He has now been an owner for 11 years and a breeder for just 9, and yet already he has bred July Cup (G1) winner Mayson who also raced in his colours, as did Prix Maurice De Gheest (G1) winner Garswood. Mayson’s story is a particularly poignant one as he lost his dam Mayleaf to cancer when only 3 months old.   The stallions now stand at Cheveley Park Stud alongside Garswood’s sire Dutch Art and the stud’s standard bearer Pivotal and both are poised to write the next chapter in the Armstrong story.

Also a cattle breeder, chatting to David is always fascinating as he applies a true stockman’s view to his breeding and racing interests, but inevitably has become ever more attached to his ‘equine family’.   The broodmares and youngstock are all based at Highfield Farm and nurtured by daughter Sophie and wife Emma – a system that is clearly working.   The pride he exhibits when discussing Mayson is clear – so much so that the stallion is now depicted in glorious artwork on his latest V8 Scania juggernaut.  His pleasure at providing his good friend Richard Fahey with his first British Group 1 winner is very evident and he enjoys the planning of the mares’ matings and Sales visits, accompanied by Richard’s assistant Robin O’Ryan to view potential purchases, as much as anything.   Many of the Armstrong’s horses are named after local places and landmarks which ensures a strong following from the community, including their octogenarian postman who is regularly supplied with an updated list of all their horses in training!

With the first Mayson runners due to hit the track next year, excitement levels are palpably rising in the Armstrong household. The enjoyment that the whole family derives from every aspect of horse ownership is the best possible advertisement for British racing and is extremely infectious.”

#startracking Saturday May 28th 11.00am

Another day, another dollar! Hopefully #FantasticMrFahey can be just that although William Hill seem quite keen to take him on especially with the Dr. K horses at Chester!

Saturdays bets – Summary (17 stars)

Haydock 2.00             GERRY THE GLOVER knocking two star** each way selection @ 12/1 general.

Haydock 3.10             HOME OF THE BRAVE Two star** win @ 5/2 general.

Haydock 4.20             DANCING YEARS Ticks plenty of boxes and @ 10/1 with Betfred she is a one star* win

Chester 2.50               GABRIALS KAKA Can’t let him go unbacked, he’s a one star* win @ 13/2 with WH.

Chester 3.25               GABRIALS STAR At 10/1 with WH he is worth a one star* each way wager with WH.

Chester 4.35               ENGAGE She is a two star** win selection @ 5/2 with Ladbrokes and Betfred.

Haydock 4.20             DOLLAR REWARD at 9/1 with Coral I am willing to make him a one star* win selection.

Catterick 5.15                         SPIRIT OF ZEB 8/1 with PP is big enough to make him a one star* win selection.

Catterick 5.45                         HYLAND HEATHER she is a three star*** win selection @ 5/4 general.

 

Saturday Fab Four GERRY THE GLOVER- HOME OF THE BRAVE- GABRIALS STAR- DOLLAR REWARD

 

These are Saturday’s recommended #startracking investments and why

#startrackingSaturday’sEachWayHandicapPick

Haydock 2.00                         GERRY THE GLOVER Has form over course and distance, in this grade, on ground on the soft side of good, Atzeni is a plus and I think he is a knocking two star** each way selection @ 12/1 general.

#startrackingOlderHorses4yo+

Haydock 3.10                         HOME OF THE BRAVE Ideal trip on Good ground although this genuine trier might not be a G1 horse he is fine at this level, G3, and trainer Hugo Palmer can take a break from turning water into wine and HotB can be part of another good Saturday for the “biscuit” man!

Two star** win @ 5/2 general.

#SuperStoute3yo’s

Chester 4.35                           ENGAGE Ted Durcan goes to the Rodeye to partner this daughter of Pour Moi. Good ground will be fine as will be the step up to 12f. The one drawback I have had with Engage is that although athletic she lacks a little size, which around Chester could be a real plus.

She is a two star** win selection @ 5/2 with Ladbrokes and Betfred.

Haydock 4.20                         DOLLAR REWARD 6F is on the short side for a son of Shamardal? Let’s focus on the positives, this is Sir Michael Stoute and Ryan Moore combining in a C4 handicap on a Saturday and at 9/1 with Coral I am willing to make him a one star* win selection.

#FantasticMrFaheyOlderHorses4yo+

Chester 2.50                           GABRIALS KAKA Ridiculously well handicapped if he could recapture any of his form of two seasons ago when he won the Newbury Spring Cup, but that is a big if! He is on a losing run of 20 but did show signs of a revival when a staying on 3rd in the Irish Lincoln on first outing this year. If he dropped down to a C3, at anywhere but Chester, he must go close. Not one to go overboard about.

Then at Chelmsford The six year old has never run on the sand before and I’m not sure his hold up style of running is going to be suited by Stall 1. 5/1 is too short, he’s a double figure horse if there ever was one! Watching Brief. Just typical of the old rogue to hack up. Paul Hanagan said “He travelled round for fun, coming through seemed to spur him on.” Case for saying even with a 7lb penalty, which should get him back in the big C2’s, he is still well in.

But at Haydock,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. 12th ! The first three home came from the back in a race that got very messy about 2F from home. Kaka spent much of the race in the box seat but Queally was caught out when the leader came back in his lap. He and a series of others were hampered and the chance was gone. Then when he went to Chester He had hacked up at Chelmsford on the AW BUT in my Master Notes I have written “If he dropped down to a C3, at anywhere but Chester, he must go close. Not one to go overboard about.” Since beating two other Gabrial’s on debut, Kakas form at the Roudee is 55456883! Has to be opposed. Watching Brief. So of course to confound me he was 2nd and 4/1Fav Another solid run, just couldn’t get to a front running Hillbilly Boy. OR9091. Remains competitive.

He is well drawn in stall 6 of 11 has course specialist Franny Norton in the saddle and is one of the few suited by a mile. I can’t let him go unbacked, he is a one star* win selection @ 13/2 with WH.

Chester 3.25                           GABRIALS STAR OR92 90 I think he has plenty going for him here. Mainly he’s down in grade to C3, he has run well at this idiosyncratic course before, he is drawn well in stall 3, the trip and ground are fine and my only two niggles are Martin Harley riding and whether GS is a professional bridesmaid. At 10/1 with WH he is worth a one star* each way wager with WH.

Catterick 5.15                                     SPIRIT OF ZEB Probably better on the AW but he is only 1lb higher than his last winning mark on turf and that was also in C5 that he drops into here. Ground is fine and Adam McNamara’s 7lb claim brings him into play. If the lad can get any sort of position off into and out of the tight downhill bend he could have a squeak. 8/1 with PP is big enough to make him a one star* win selection.

#FantasticMrFahey3yo’s

Catterick 5.45                                     HYLAND HEATHER Cost leading Musley Bank patron Mrs Helen Steel 90K euros as a yearling and although a five race maiden beginning her 3yo campaign showed enough last season to suggest she shouldn’t be long out of the winners enclosure. In her early races she had an issue coming out of the stalls straight but when she did on her final race she was short of room when coming to challenge in a C3 6F Soft ground nursery at York and had to settle for second. Similar conditions would be fine and she may even get a bit further.

Todays conditions are fine and #FantasticMrFahey thinks “It looks a good opening for her.” Always a risk that 3yo fillies might not have trained on but the opposition is mainly two debutantes and HH can put her experience to good use and she is a three star*** win selection @ 5/4 general.

Haydock 4.20                         DANCING YEARS She improved throughout her 2yo season and she is swift being by Iffraaj and will be OK on the ground. Not often you see Jimmy Fortune on one for Richard Fahey.

Nottingham 7.55              DANCING YEARS              1st           4/1 I was impressed. A point and go sprinter who I think may have more to come, especially against her own sex. Put it to bed nicely a furlong out and wouldn’t worry about a step up to 6F.

Ticks plenty of boxes and @ 10/1 with Betfred she is a one star* win selection.

 

The following horses are all a Watching Brief.

#startrackingOlderHorses4yo+

Chester 2.50                           RENE MATHIS Another that needs respite from the handicapper and being dropped a pound OR103 102 is of little use! In six visits to Chester he has been fourth four times, so he acts on the course, he’s drawn well in stall 4 but a mile and that handicap mark are enough to put me off.

Chester 2.50                           VALLEY OF FIRE OR91 Ran two crackers over 6F at York as a 2yo, winning a maiden and finishing 3rd in the big sales race. Ran just the twice as a 3yo struggling this season and was OK on debut as a 4yo when 4th to Teruntum Star but failed to see the 7F out last time at York so strange he steps up to a mile here at Chester. The good news is he is ridden by SDS the bad news is he is drawn 10 of 12! I am going to wait until he is down to OR90 in a C3 over 7F. Watching Brief today

Chester 4.00                           BILLY SLATER Very lightly raced 4yo owned by Dr. K that #FantasticMrFahey tells us “has had a few problems over the years and isn’t a good work horse at home so it’s hard to gauge where we are with him ahead of the Stellar Group Maiden Stakes. It’s a watching brief at this stage.” Personally at the start of last season I thought “A ?-80 8F 3yo handicap with a bit of cut in the ground would seem to fit the bill. SimpleSimonSays…Fahey 3yo’s April 16th 2015”. So today the trip, ground and probably the course are fine but 10st in a maiden, No. I have to agree with the boss, Watching Brief.

Catterick 4.40                         BEARDWOOD Stop Press – he is now trained by Brian Ellison!!

Started last season off well but didn’t go on when upped to 7F albeit in better races. Drawn well in 3 of 12 has the valuable assistance of 3lb claimer Sammy Jo Bell and of the two Fahey horses at the head of the market I prefer this one and make him a two star** win selection @ 9/2 general.

First time up this season at Pontefract   6th          9/4 Fav What a nightmare! Put up at 9/2, having been as big as 6/1, was halved in price on course and he completely missed the break and was then slow to gather race pace. Worked his way into midfield on the rail, then had the door slammed and that was race over. No Stewards. Ground may not have helped. However on his second run a fortnight ago he was a never nearer third to Explain in this class over this trip. The issue today is what does Ben Curtis do from stall 12 of 15? When he last ran over course and distance he was fourth from stall 13 so there is hope. There is money for him this morning, 9/1 to 6/1, but I think he will get stronger opportunities than this, I’ll pass.

 

#startracking3yo’s

Haydock 3.45                         TANEEN Just doesn’t have the form in the book to be competitive G2 3yo 6F sprint, indeed the handicapper thinks he has 26lb to find with Gifted Master. That makes the choice of race by Roger Varian and the H-a-M team curious indeed and Taneen is a horse I will have a very close eye on.

Haydock 4.55                         CLAYTON HALL Stop Press – he is now trained by Brian Ellison!! David Armstrong’s gelded son of Lilbourne Lad having had his three runs goes handicapping off OR73. Two on the Tapeta at Wolverhampton and a “dwelt, kept on” fourth at Beverley. Trip should be fine, no idea how good he is? If and when he learns to settle, with experience he could be OK. OR73 72

 

#SuperStoute3yo’s

Salisbury 8.20                         THIRD ROCK £85K yearling by Japanese sire Hat Trick was withdrawn from last Autumn’s H-I-T sales. Had three runs as a 2yo over 6, 7 and 7 furlongs showing nothing but greenness and returned 25/1 on all three occasions. Has been gelded and breeding suggests he wants 10F. Time for #SuperStoute to wave his magic wand. OR68 suggests handicaps to me.

 

#FantasticMrFaheyOlderHorses4yo+

Catterick 4.40                         CANYARI Turn isn’t far away with Doncaster the likely venue. OR86 85 Possibilities of C3? Now down to last winning mark. Just don’t think Cattericks sharp 7F out of stall 1 will play to his strengths. George Chaloner will really need to have his wits about him to make the frame.

 

#FantasticMrFahey3yo’s

Haydock 3.45                         DONJUAN TRIUMPHANT DJ was a fantastic 2yo who improved stones in the autumn but the vibes coming out of Musley Bank have not been positive. “He didn’t do very well over the winter and has only just started to pick up now. He’s ready for a run but it’s a watching brief at the moment with him. Any rain would help.” It was Good to firm today, 3yo sprinting is THE toughest division, I like #FantasticMrFahey will have my fingers crossed but it is a Watching Brief.

Chester 2.15                           GIDDY She’s a big girl and she’s quick and a flat 6F with a bit of room to manoeuvre is going to be right up her street. If she can build on her excellent reappearance at Ripon when she was a rapidly closing second on a course that unbalanced her she has every chance. Taken out of Haydock yesterday because of Good to Firm ground she runs against her own sex here. It is that “bit of room to manoeuvre” that bothers me, something that is normally at a premium around Chester. I don’t doubt she can win a race of this nature but Chester, I’m not sure. I’ll pass, Watching Brief.

Chester 4.35                           MONACO ROSEMarwan was keen to run” is #FantasticMrFahey talk for, don’t blame me when it’s beaten!

 

#FantasticMrFaheyOnlyIf…

Beverley 4.10                         COSMIC HALO She has done me some real favours in the past especially at York with Paul Hanagan on board but is on a losing run of seventeen going back to September 2014! No longer a betting medium unless its 10F/York/Hanagan!

Catterick 3.30                         ENERGIA FLAVIO Although he continues to slide down the handicap he doesn’t have a preferred trip and he has to be Only If… Wolverhampton C4, probably 8½F and even then only to small stakes!

Catterick 4.40                         OUR BOY JACK Will win this season but probably not here. Thirsk/Ayr with some serious cut in the ground.

Catterick 4.40                         KHELMAN An “Only if…” horse. Only if .. 6F, C4, OR80 or less. So despite Adam McNamara taking off 7lb and Khelman is drawn 1 it is very much a Watching Brief.

Khelman                              1st           11/2 Well I got this one wrong. They backed Khelman from 7/1 to 11/2 and he got a seam a furlong out and he burst through in a messy race where the third was disqualified. OR8387. I will stick with Only if .. 6F, C4, OR80 or less.

Catterick 5.15                                     GABRIAL THE TIGER Has to be an OnlyIf… horse. He needs to get down to OR70, he needs a sharp 7F and double your stakes if it is Musselburgh!

 Haydock 2.00                        HOME CUMMINS Currently OR89. Handicapper needs to relent from OR89 and she goes on the “Only If…” list. Only interested If she comes down to OR85.

 

#FantasticMrFaheyNotWithMyMoney

Beverley 5.20                         FRAP Think Dr. K has bought a rabbit here and I’m sure I can hear the Hannons chuckling. Either never quite gets there or weakens in final furlong if he does! NWMM. Having said that OR58 is heading to a plater’s mark! Of course off OR58 with Rachel Richardson claiming 5lb #FantasticMrFahey got the mule in the winner’s enclosure. Even with the same girl in the saddle Frap is up 4lbs and I refuse to believe the same rabbit can be pulled out of the hat, again!

Chester 5.10                           MODERNISM ONLY IF … C4 10F Tapeta (Wolverhampton/Newcastle). NWMM on Turf.

Chester 5.10                           CHARACTER ONESIE You know it’s a bad horse when even the trainer is clutching at straws Character Onesie is another who has been disappointing this season but we’re going up in trip here in the hope that brings about some improvement.”

#FantasticMrFahey2yo’s

For me all 2yo’s are a Watching Brief until Royal Ascot.

Beverley 2.20                         SPRINGWOOD C4/5, 6/7F nursery material. Runs in the RF Racing Club colours.

Beverley 3.00                         SPIN DOCTOR May well be quite an important as well as emotional 2yo filly for the yard. She’s a Cheveley Park homebred sired by Mayson who won the G1 6F July Cup trained by the #FantasticMrFahey.

Spin Doctor                        1st           11/1 Hello! With the stalls on the Stands side Spin Doctor was drawn in the middle of the course. Out fine, travelled in second wave, came to challenge 2F out, led 1F out, got rail, gone. Nice. Probably enough to get a ticket to the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot.

Chester 1.45                           SCOFFLAW £60K purchase at Tatt’s Book 2. Son of promising Australian sire Foxwedge.

 

#startrackingUpdates

Intilaaq was found to have a dirty scope following his poor performance in the Brigadier Gerard Stakes at Sandown on Thursday evening. The Roger Varian-trained colt was sent off the 5-4 favourite for the Group Three contest but weakened quickly out of contention after making the running and trailed in sixth of the seven runners behind Time Test. The four-year-old will now receive treatment and connections will have to sit tight to see how he is over the next few days before deciding whether he can still make Royal Ascot where he has a couple of options. “He was incredibly disappointing. He didn’t scope 100 per cent after the race, so that might be a genuine excuse at least for part of the run,” said Angus Gold, racing manager to owner Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum. “There’s no doubt he was disappointing. He’d been working really well at home, so we were all amazed by that. We’ll have to wait and see if we get on to Ascot now or whether we have got to take a pull with him. We’ll treat him and just get him cleared up. He folded very quickly. I thought they went hard early and then Paul (Hanagan) very much felt about slowing it up after the first three furlongs or so. He thought he’d managed to get a breather into him and all he did was go backwards.” Sportinglife.com May 27 2016, 11.36 BST

This doesn’t amuse me

BATH Race 5 – 4:00pm THE BRISTOL AIRPORT HANDICAP STAKES (CLASS 4)

George Baker, the rider of TETRADRACHM, unplaced, reported that the colt hung left throughout. The Veterinary Officer reported that a post-race examination of the colt during routine testing found it to be lame, left fore.

Nor does this

Ponefract Race 1 – 6:30pm THE SOLUTIONS 4 CLEANING HANDICAP STAKES (CLASS 5)

The Stewards noted that inside the final furlong, TOGA TIGER (IRE), unplaced, had hung quickly right, interfering with STARDRIFTER, placed second, but after viewing a recording of the race they were satisfied that it did not involve a riding offence.

 

#startracking Friday May 27th 7.00pm

Starting to put this together at 4.30pm and so far it has been dire today! At Bath Muwaary had a bus to catch and Tetradrachm didn’t pick a hoof up, they occupied the last two places come the line! My mood wasn’t the best after declining Masterpaver at 5/4, see it open at 3/1 and win at 5/2! Mind you the horse must be talented to get Hamilton out of the hole he had got them into! Giddy was taken out at Haydock today (Going-Good to Soft) and runs at Chester tomorrow (?).

Let’s hope things improve over the course of writing this as we have Constantino, who has halved in price, a two star** each way selection @ 10/1 with WH and Stardrifter is a one star* win selection @ 9/2 with WH.

Dark clouds are over the #startracking study! Five horses drive for the line and Constantino is FOURTH beaten two heads and a neck!! I am now losing the will to blog, Stardrifter has finished SECOND!!

Time to recharge my enthusiasm batteries. I will post this as it is and I will fill the gaps in tomorrow morning by 11am. If Pricewise dares put one of them up…….

These are Saturday’s recommended #startracking investments and why

#startrackingSaturday’sEachWayHandicapPick

Haydock 2.00                         GERRY THE GLOVER Has form over course and distance, in this grade, on ground on the soft side of good, Atzeni is a plus and I think he is a knocking two star** each way selection @ 12/1 general.

#startrackingOlderHorses4yo+

Catterick 4.40                         BEARDWOOD Stop Press – he is now trained by Brian Ellison!!

Haydock 3.10                          HOME OF THE BRAVE

#startracking3yo’s

#SuperStoute3yo’s

Chester 4.35                           ENGAGE Ted Durcan goes to the Rodeye to partner this daughter of Pour Moi. Good ground will be fine as will be the step up to 12f. The one drawback I have had with Engage is that although athletic she lacks a little size, which around Chester could be a real plus.

She is a two star** win selection @ 5/2 with Ladbrokes and Betfred.

Haydock 3.20                         DOLLAR REWARD 6F is on the short side for a son of Shamardal? Let’s focus on the positives, this is Sir Michael Stoute and Ryan Moore combining in a C4 handicap on a Saturday and at 9/1 with Coral I am willing to make him a one star* win selection.

#FantasticMrFaheyOlderHorses4yo+

Chester 2.50                           GABRIALS KAKA

Chester 3.25                           GABRIALS STAR

Chester 4.00                           BILLY SLATER

Catterick 5.15                                     SPIRIT OF ZEB Probably better on the AW but he is only 1lb higher than his last winning mark on turf and that was also in C5 that he drops into here. Ground is fine and Adam McNamara’s 7lb claim brings him into play. If the lad can get any sort of position off into and out of the tight downhill bend he could have a squeak. 8/1 with PP is big enough to make him a one star* win selection.

#FantasticMrFahey3yo’s

Catterick 5.45                                     HYLAND HEATHER

Chester 2.15                           GIDDY

Haydock 3.20                         DANCING YEARS

 

The following horses are all a Watching Brief.

#startrackingOlderHorses4yo+

Chester 2.50                           RENE MATHIS Another that needs respite from the handicapper and being dropped a pound OR103 102 is of little use! In six visits to Chester he has been fourth four times, so he acts on the course, he’s drawn well in stall 4 but a mile and that handicap mark are enough to put me off.

Chester 2.50                           VALLEY OF FIRE

 

#startracking3yo’s

Haydock 3.45                         TANEEN Just doesn’t have the form in the book to be competitive G2 3yo 6F sprint, indeed the handicapper thinks he has 26lb to find with Gifted Master. That makes the choice of race by Roger Varian and the H-a-M team curious indeed and Taneen is a horse I will have a very close eye on.

Haydock 4.55                         CLAYTON HALL Stop Press – he is now trained by Brian Ellison!! David Armstrong’s gelded son of Lilbourne Lad having had his three runs goes handicapping off OR73. Two on the Tapeta at Wolverhampton and a “dwelt, kept on” fourth at Beverley. Trip should be fine, no idea how good he is? If and when he learns to settle, with experience he could be OK. OR73 72

 

#SuperStoute3yo’s

Salisbury 8.20                         THIRD ROCK £85K yearling by Japanese sire Hat Trick was withdrawn from last Autumn’s H-I-T sales. Had three runs as a 2yo over 6, 7 and 7 furlongs showing nothing but greenness and returned 25/1 on all three occasions. Has been gelded and breeding suggests he wants 10F. Time for #SuperStoute to wave his magic wand. OR68 suggests handicaps to me.

 

#FantasticMrFaheyOlderHorses4yo+

Catterick 4.40                         CANYARI Turn isn’t far away with Doncaster the likely venue. OR86 85 Possibilities of C3? Now down to last winning mark. Just don’t think Cattericks sharp 7F out of stall 1 will play to his strengths. George Chaloner will really need to have his wits about him to make the frame.

 

#FantasticMrFahey3yo’s

Haydock 3.45                         DONJUAN TRIUMPHANT DJ was a fantastic 2yo who improved stones in the autumn but the vibes coming out of Musley Bank have not been positive. “He didn’t do very well over the winter and has only just started to pick up now. He’s ready for a run but it’s a watching brief at the moment with him. Any rain would help.” It was Good to firm today, 3yo sprinting is THE toughest division, I like #FantasticMrFahey will have my fingers crossed but it is a Watching Brief.

Chester 4.35                           MONACO ROSEMarwan was keen to run” is #FantasticMrFahey talk for, don’t blame me when it’s beaten!

 

#FantasticMrFaheyOnlyIf…

Beverley 4.10                         COSMIC HALO She has done me some real favours in the past especially at York with Paul Hanagan on board but is on a losing run of seventeen going back to September 2014! No longer a betting medium unless its 10F/York/Hanagan!

Catterick 3.30                         ENERGIA FLAVIO Although he continues to slide down the handicap he doesn’t have a preferred trip and he has to be Only If… Wolverhampton C4, probably 8½F and even then only to small stakes!

Catterick 4.40                         OUR BOY JACK Will win this season but probably not here. Thirsk/Ayr with some serious cut in the ground.

Catterick 4.40                         KHELMAN An “Only if…” horse. Only if .. 6F, C4, OR80 or less. So despite Adam McNamara taking off 7lb and Khelman is drawn 1 it is very much a Watching Brief.

Khelman                              1st           11/2 Well I got this one wrong. They backed Khelman from 7/1 to 11/2 and he got a seam a furlong out and he burst through in a messy race where the third was disqualified. OR8387. I will stick with Only if .. 6F, C4, OR80 or less.

Catterick 5.15                                     GABRIAL THE TIGER Has to be an OnlyIf… horse. He needs to get down to OR70, he needs a sharp 7F and double your stakes if it is Musselburgh!

 Haydock 2.00                        HOME CUMMINS Currently OR89. Handicapper needs to relent from OR89 and she goes on the “Only If…” list. Only interested If she comes down to OR85.

 

#FantasticMrFaheyNotWithMyMoney

Beverley 5.20                         FRAP Think Dr. K has bought a rabbit here and I’m sure I can hear the Hannons chuckling. Either never quite gets there or weakens in final furlong if he does! NWMM. Having said that OR58 is heading to a plater’s mark! Of course off OR58 with Rachel Richardson claiming 5lb #FantasticMrFahey got the mule in the winner’s enclosure. Even with the same girl in the saddle Frap is up 4lbs and I refuse to believe the same rabbit can be pulled out of the hat, again!

Chester 5.10                           MODERNISM ONLY IF … C4 10F Tapeta (Wolverhampton/Newcastle). NWMM on Turf.

Chester 5.10                           CHARACTER ONESIE You know it’s a bad horse when even the trainer is clutching at straws Character Onesie is another who has been disappointing this season but we’re going up in trip here in the hope that brings about some improvement.”

#FantasticMrFahey2yo’s

For me all 2yo’s are a Watching Brief until Royal Ascot.

Beverley 2.20                         SPRINGWOOD C4/5, 6/7F nursery material. Runs in the RF Racing Club colours.

Beverley 3.00                         SPIN DOCTOR May well be quite an important as well as emotional 2yo filly for the yard. She’s a Cheveley Park homebred sired by Mayson who won the G1 6F July Cup trained by the #FantasticMrFahey.

Spin Doctor                        1st           11/1 Hello! With the stalls on the Stands side Spin Doctor was drawn in the middle of the course. Out fine, travelled in second wave, came to challenge 2F out, led 1F out, got rail, gone. Nice. Probably enough to get a ticket to the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot.

Chester 1.45                           SCOFFLAW £60K purchase at Tatt’s Book 2. Son of promising Australian sire Foxwedge.

 

#startrackingUpdates

Intilaaq was found to have a dirty scope following his poor performance in the Brigadier Gerard Stakes at Sandown on Thursday evening. The Roger Varian-trained colt was sent off the 5-4 favourite for the Group Three contest but weakened quickly out of contention after making the running and trailed in sixth of the seven runners behind Time Test. The four-year-old will now receive treatment and connections will have to sit tight to see how he is over the next few days before deciding whether he can still make Royal Ascot where he has a couple of options. “He was incredibly disappointing. He didn’t scope 100 per cent after the race, so that might be a genuine excuse at least for part of the run,” said Angus Gold, racing manager to owner Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum. “There’s no doubt he was disappointing. He’d been working really well at home, so we were all amazed by that. We’ll have to wait and see if we get on to Ascot now or whether we have got to take a pull with him. We’ll treat him and just get him cleared up. He folded very quickly. I thought they went hard early and then Paul (Hanagan) very much felt about slowing it up after the first three furlongs or so. He thought he’d managed to get a breather into him and all he did was go backwards.” Sportinglife.com May 27 2016, 11.36 BST

This doesn’t amuse me

BATH Race 5 – 4:00pm THE BRISTOL AIRPORT HANDICAP STAKES (CLASS 4)

George Baker, the rider of TETRADRACHM, unplaced, reported that the colt hung left throughout. The Veterinary Officer reported that a post-race examination of the colt during routine testing found it to be lame, left fore.

Nor does this

Ponefract Race 1 – 6:30pm THE SOLUTIONS 4 CLEANING HANDICAP STAKES (CLASS 5)

The Stewards noted that inside the final furlong, TOGA TIGER (IRE), unplaced, had hung quickly right, interfering with STARDRIFTER, placed second, but after viewing a recording of the race they were satisfied that it did not involve a riding offence.

 

Tomorrow is another day etc. etc.

#startracking Thursday May 26th 5.30pm

Looks like a really FUN Friday with plenty to have a shoot at! #FantasticMrFahey could have a good day!

#startrackingOlderHorses4yo+

Musselburgh 7.40      DISTANT PAST For his last run at York I wrote “York Dante Meeting 2016 2.10 Jack Berry House C2 5F Hcp 0-105 4yo+ Distant Past, a #startracking horse, will win a decent sprint this season but probably needs Soft in the going description and I think 5½F is the optimum trip for Kevin Ryans “second string”.

Distant Past                          12th 25/1 Unsighted. Rear, never dangerous. Down 2lbs OR90 88 and Musselburgh’s 5F beckons for the Scottish Sprint Cup on June 11th, the C2 real thing or more likely the C3 Consolation.”

He now returns to the course and distance where he first caught my eye when sprinting home in the Scottish Sprint Consolation having encountered multiple traffic problems! He is twice a course and distance winner and Joe Doyle’s 3lb claim takes him down to his last winning mark! Got to have a go!

He is a two star** each way selection @ 8/1 with Coral and WH

 

#startracking3yo’s

Bath 4.00                    TETRADRACHM Trainer David Lanigan has always been bullish about this son of Holy Roman Emperor. Too weak as a 2yo to do himself justice he was 4th and 3rd in two 8F maidens showing promise on both runs. As a 3yo he stepped up to 12F and made every yard on the AW at Lingfield beating reliable yardstick School Fete (OR82) ¾ length looking as though he had plenty more to offer. He goes handicapping off OR82 from stall 7 and it wouldn’t surprise me if George Baker repeated the front running tactics.

“Following the race, George Baker said, “Tetradrachm has done very well physically from two to three. Last year it was always a bit sharp for him, but he’s bred to improve with time and he stays very well. He’s straightforward and at home he always enjoys being out in front, so I kept it simple.” Purchased for 170,000 Guineas from Tattersalls October Book Two by Jeremy Brummitt on behalf of owner Mr. Bjorn Nielsen, Tetradrachm is a half-brother to Ascot Gold Cup (G1) winner, Rite of Passage.” David Lanigan website 6th May 2016

He is a one star* win selection @ 7/2 with WH

 

#SuperStoute3yo’s

Bath 4.00                    MAWAANY OR77 Runs over the same course and distance as his last run in a maiden, goes handicapping off a fair mark in C4 and retains the visor. Blew it at the start last time and if he can get out on terms and make use of stall 3 he has every chance. Could get further in time.

Bath 4.30                              MAWAANY This gelded son of Teofilio is a half-brother to 100+ rated Kilimanjaro and runs in the Hamdan Al Maktoum colours. Ran really green in an 8F C4 Salisbury maiden last September but did much better on reappearance when stepped up 4f and equipped with a first time visor on the Tapeta at Wolverhampton when he might just have bumped into one, in the shape of Batts Rock. Clearly second best on that occasion, this is his third run and from which he will get a handicap mark, which is where his future presumably lies.

MAWAANY                           2nd           12/1 Slow away losing 4L (?), keen, travelled, pulled out wide off the elbow and that manoeuvre could have cost him the neck he was beaten.

He is a two star** win selection @ 7/2 with Ladbrokes.

Pontefract 8.30          PELOPONNESE Plenty going for her here. Runs in 0-70 race off OR70, its fillies only, the stiff Pontefract finish will suit, she’s well drawn in stall 2 and its Ted Durcan’s only ride of the night.

Goodwood 5.10                   PELOPONNESE Niarchos homebred colt by Montjeu who will probably want 12F+ in time. Three runs as a 2yo in C4/5 maidens showing limited promise but starts off life handicapping off just OR67 and Ted Durcan has the ride. Saturday Goodwood 5.10                   PELOPONNESE     2nd           7/1 Kept on fine and is a C5 12F handicap winner waiting to happen. Further the better? Put up 3lbs but this daughter of Montjeu is still on a tasty OR70!! Put in #startracker! Give her three runs.

She is a two star** win selection @ 5/2 or bigger if you can get it!

 

#FantasticMrFaheyOlderHorses4yo+

Haydock 3.40             MASTERPAVER Successful owner with a 20% win rate, had horses with Alan Bailey, then Patrick with Fahey and now #FantasticMrFahey has this grey 5yo gelded son of Mastercraftsman who has done most of his racing on the AW, 5 wins from 33, and is 0 from 8 on turf. However he is rated 19lbs lower on the grass!! OR67 to OR86, surely there has to be some scope there. Hacked up (RP Analysis. “Led, joined over 3f out, stayed on well final furlong, eased near finish (op 2/1 tchd 13/8)”) in a C5 apprentice race over C&Da week ago and gets to run off the same mark here. Tony Hamilton takes over here and the issue will be the price?

He’s 5/4 with Coral. Currently too tight for me. I’ll pass but don’t let me put you off if you can get bigger!

Pontefract 6.30          STARDRIFTER Drops a grade to C5 and Adam McNamara takes 7lb off to effectively be on OR65! That could make this likeable gelded son of Rock of Gibraltar very well in and the quicker the ground the better. His turn is near.

Nottingham 6.45                 STARDRIFTER Won over C&D in C4 first time out last season off seven pounds less. Consistent sort, better ground is fine and Tony Hamilton rides.

Stardrifter  5th  20/1 Held up one from last, Travelling on rail, kept on fifth in a race “where it paid to be near the front.” OR74 72

He is a one star* win selection @ 4/1-9/2 if you can get it.

 

#FantasticMrFahey3yo’s

Haydock 3.10             GIDDY She’s a big girl and she’s quick and a flat 6F with a bit of room to manoeuvre is going to be right up her street. If she can build on her excellent reappearance at Ripon when she was a rapidly closing second on a course that unbalanced her and Tony Hamilton can find a bit of cover drawn 2 of 17 I think she is a cracking bet off a mark of OR77.

“Readily” won her 5F C5 maiden at Beverley, this Cheveley Park Stud  home-bred filly by Kylacchy should be quick. Her only other run was in the C2 nursery at Ayr when she went off 5/2F but was a disappointing 12th behind stable mate and future Group 1 winner, Donjuan Triumphant. My notes said “Big type”, “athletic” and on her maiden win, “Well away from inside, galloped all over these. Quickened at 1F pole. Rest may be trees but professional and couldn’t have done much more.” #amazingMrFahey told sportinglife.com on Sept. 15th, “Giddy is a filly we like a lot. I’d contemplated putting her in the Group Three here but she’s been given a mark which means the nursery route opened up. I’m looking forward to running her.”  The connections and the handicap mark are the attractions.

Ripon                      2nd           10/3 She never got a run in this C4 6F handicap, being buffeted about among horses in midfield and was unsuited by the Ripon undulations but when she did see some space she flew up the rail in the final furlong.

She is a two star* win selection @ 9/2 with WH

Haydock 4.10             PERCEYSVIVACE Still don’t know what to make of this filly who stays at 10F for her second run it what looks like it could be quite a warm heat. Possibilities are she is one paced and may need another couple of furlongs. It has to be a Watching Brief.

No idea what to make of this daughter of Sir Percy who was a basement buy at just £5K. Three runs as a 2yo culminating in a fourth in a C4 York maiden behind stablemate Dolphin Vista and William Haggas’s Carenot who have both won this season. WITHDRAWN 8.52am Great!

Ripon                      3rd           4/1 C4 10F handicap OR66 RP AnalysisHeld up in last place, headway on outside over 2f out, chased leaders and edged right over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong”

Haydock 5.10             CONSTANTINO Let’s be frank if Constantino doesn’t go close here I am going to be gutted! He’s down 2lb, drops from C3 to C4 and steps up from seven to eight furlongs all of which should be in his favour. He has an excellent draw in stall 4 of 14 and if Tony Hamilton can get him out he would have every chance of being in the van throughout.

York Dante Meeting 2016 Constantino My notes say ““Sir Robert Ogden’s homebred son of Danehill Dancer debuted in the C2 Convivial maiden at York’s Ebor meeting suggesting he had been showing a bit at home. Sent off at just 8/1 he was beaten less than five lengths in ninth, doing all his best work at the finish. Paul Hanagan rode him at Ayr in a C4 7f maiden and bounced him out, making all, albeit narrowly from Weekend Offender who had finished in front of him at York. Weekend Offender was then a well beaten 7/2 shot back at York in a C3 maiden where the  #amazingMrFahey  had the 1-2 in Garcia and Prying Pandora. Constantino should find a mile ideal and that opening mark of OR80 looks a gimme!”

Constantino                          9th           10/1 York C3 7F Hcp 76-95 3yo Prominent, hands and heels final furlong, perhaps needed run, bit to prove now. OR 80 78

He is a two star** each way selection @ 10/1 with WH

Musselburgh 7.40      PADDY POWER Running much more consistently of late but I think he is too high in the handicap unless he can get a soft lead on a sharp course. Watching Brief.

Paddy Power Highly tried as a 2yo on the back of a fantastic piece of homework appearing on Twitter that saw him sent off 15/8F for a C2 event at Ascot. Taken his time to find his level which is probably C4 but looks to be still too high in the weights though has been more consistent of late. Not convinced, I’ll Pass.

YORK DANTE MEETING Friday May 13th 2.20 Ralph Roper C3 5F Hcp 0-90 3yo

PADDY POWER                                     3rd           9/1 Out OK, led 1F out, hung on for 3rd. Gets his mark down from OR90 to OR85, finishes 3rd and is back up a pound to OR86. Could he be a Chester horse? C3/4, 5F, decent draw, who knows?

 

#FantasticMrFaheyOnlyIf…

Pontefract 8.30          COSMIC HALO She’s only a bet if it’s Hanagan at York and this is neither! Watching Brief.

She has done me some real favours in the past especially at York with Paul Hanagan on board but is on a losing run of fifteen going back to September 2014! No longer a betting medium unless its 10F/York/Hanagan!

#FantasticMrFahey2yo’s

Haydock 2.10             RASHFORDS DOUBLE This son of Zoffany cost 60K euros for a Middleham Park syndicate you’d have to guess includes a few Manchester United fans! Watching Brief.

Haydock 2.40             ELDORADO CREEK I am still no closer to finding out who the “Merchants and Missionaries” are but here is a 2yo son of High Chaparral who cost £60K out of Tattersalls Book 2 who will surely be a 10F+ 3yo! Very definitely a close Watching Brief as this syndicate seem to know what they are doing (Stamp Hill etc.).

Pontefract 7.30          CULLINGWORTH Will be the outsider of four in a red hot C2 Conditions Stakes where the other three runners are all unbeaten! Watching Brief.

 

 

#startrackingUpdates

“I want to run Home Of The Brave on a sound surface when he races over 1m again, so hopefully the ground won’t be too bad for him at the weekend over a furlong shorter.” Hugo Palmer Betfair May 23rd

STAMP HILL belied his 25/1 odds in Goodwood’s £100,000 three-year-old handicap last Saturday. Stepping up to 7f for the first time, this likeable gelding was up against it from his wide draw in stall 15, but he made an excellent fist of his task, staying on all the way to the line to finish fifth, beaten only a length and a half. He is going the right way.” Tom O’Ryan Northern Lights 25th May

“ON THE RADAR Charlie Hills appears to have found the ideal opportunity for Moorside to register her first victory in a fillies’ maiden over just short of a mile and a half at Leicester next Monday, 30 May. The daughter of Champs Eysees was recommended to Talking Horses readers two weeks ago, following her second in the Cheshire Oaks, and I indicated then that a drop in grade might be the sensible option. Beaten only half a length on that Roodee run, Moorside is unquestionably the form choice in the Leicester contest.”  David Lawrence Talking Horses ATR 28th May

WAR STORY (Newmarket, 21 May) Brought some useful all-weather form into this competitive one-mile handicap and looked perfectly at home on turf. Racing keenly and wide, War Story struck the front coming out of the Dip but faded quite tamely into sixth place behind well-backed Chelsea Lad. It would come as no surprise to see Luca Cumani dropping his three-year-old back in trip, although the lack of cover probably contributed to his capitulation.” Alan Thomson Eyecatchers ATR

 

#startrackingBottomlessPockets

Another one in the pipeline! “Donnchadh Doyle’s impressive Necarne 4YO Mares winner REDHOTFILLYPEPPERS is bought by Willie Mullins/Harold Kirk for £200K @tattscheltenham” p2p.ie ‏@irishp2p  2pm Thurs May 26th 

 

 

#startracking Wednesday May 25th 6pm

 

Much better tomorrow with Sandown an outstanding card and a couple of bets to boot!

#startrackingThursday Runners

Sandown 7.40                        INTILAAQ We profitably followed him last season from maiden victory to G3 success last season with the only disappointment being the 2000 Guineas. Had one run in the Winter in Meydan and was beaten less than 4L when eighth in the G1 Dubai Turf. I expect him to be competitive from 8 to 10F, certainly in G3 and possibly all the way up to G1. Possibility this could be a pipe opener for a tilt at the Eclipse over C&D but with question marks over the going being quick enough for Time Test and the only other main danger being Western Hymn, he of the awkward head carriage and dubious attitude, Intilaaq is a two star** win selection @ 15/8 with PP.

Sandown 8.15                                    CYMRIC

If, as suggested, you had put all eight runners from the Listed race Hawkbill won at Newmarket Cymric will appear in your tracker. Godolphin paid $300K for this son of Kittens Joy and he was a progressive 2yo who ran Ultra to a head in the G1 Jean-Luc Lagardare and rounded his campaign off with an eighth in the Breeders Cup. However in the aforementioned 3yo listed race he ran a stinker on debut and now needs to prove he has trained on and those extensive travels at two have mentally derailed him. Watching Brief.

#startrackingSuperStouteRunners

Newcastle 7.30                       SHRAAOH

Went in my tracker after the Craven when sixth in the Wood Ditton behind Sky Kingdom.Shraaoh on whom Frankie Dettori was ensuring he learnt on the job. …. will improve for further.”

On his second run he stayed on for third. “Donohoe takes the ride tonight with Dettori at Ascot. The price is big enough to tempt me. A one star* win selection @ 8/1 general.

Shraaoh               3rd           7/1 Midfield, progress turning for home, asked 3F out, kept on well for third to stable mate Poets Word. The further the better and probably wants 12F.”

For his third run he stays at 10F, Ted Durcan takes the ride and he is Sir Michael Stoute’s first runner on the new AW Tapeta course at Newcastle. Bet365 have put him up at 5/2 and if the High Street bookies follow suit he Shraaoh is a two star** win selection.

Sandown 8.15                                    FORGE I think this one can go all the way to Group One success.

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. Doncaster 6.35  FORGE                    1st            5/6Fav

Hello! Here is a proper racehorse. Backed into odds on and with reason! He was prominent, tanking along and when Richard Kingscote let the handbrake off he stretched 5L clear. This was a C4 maiden on Good to Soft over Doncaster’s straight 7F and heaven knows what he beat but he has plenty of size about him, settled and quickened. A gallop report in sportinglife.com last August said FORGE is a nice colt and the brother to talented filly Radiator looked the part clearing five to six clear of KOKONI while still on the bridle. The son of Dubawi looks to be going the right way but is from a family with attitude.” Well he seems to have grown up and he must surely step up in grade next time out.

He does, into the Listed Heron Stakes over a mile at Sandown. Here he has two main rivals, firstly Clive Cox’s well thought of Zonderland who was beaten less than 6L when 6th in the 2000 Guineas having gone close in two 2yo G3’s, the Somerville Tattersalls and Horris Hill and secondly, literally one of John Gosdens big guns, Royal Artillery, who couldn’t have been more impressive in winning his maiden and makes his seasonal reappearance. As Royal Artillery is owned by the Coolmore “lads” of Magnier, Smith and Tabor Ryan Moore rides the Gosden colt and despite Weld having runners at Tipperary Pat Smullen comes over to ride Forge and Copper Knight for Hugo Palmer in the 2yo Listed event earlier.

Forge is far from the finished article but he is a three star*** win selection @ 9/4 with PP.

#FantasticMrFaheyThursdayRunners

Haydock 2.00                         MAJOR CORNWALLIS Middleham Park paid just £10K for this 2yo son of Dandy Man and he has already been gelded. Watching Brief.

Haydock 2.30                         SAMRAN SAYS This daughter of Dark Angel is owned by Nick Bradley Racing 8, he is a manager (?) at Middleham Park, similar credentials to Vona who won a Listed event at York. Vona cost just 15K euros whereas Samran Says was £28K! Watching Brief.

Newcastle 7.25                       HEATONGRAD A 65K purchase for Middleham Park Racing from regular supplier of Musley Bank winners, the Tally Ho Stud, Heatongrad is a son of the speedy Kodiac whereas his dam is an unraced daughter of Kings Theatre suggesting a trip? Watching Brief.

Newcastle 8.05                       DARRINGTON He is an OnlyIf… horse. He’s not down to OR80, Watching Brief.

Doncaster 5.35    DARRINGTON                       Still searching for his best trip. Ran best races over Newmarket’s 8F. Watching Brief.

Ripon 7.30                                            DARRINGTON Too consistent for his own good in this grade over this trip. Still three pounds higher than his last win six races ago! To my surprise the moneys down and he has halved in price from 8/1 to 4/1. Looks a bridesmaid to me, Watching Brief.

Darrington                            5th           13/2 Out OK, well enough to lead and he got the rail. Travelling, challenged 4F out, swamped 1F out and tightened up. I think connections expected better. I’ll go Only If… he gets down to OR80 and possibly C4. OR82 81

Newcastle 9.05                       SHOWBIZZY Failed to win in four races as a 2yo although was sent off favourite for a C5 nursery at Windsor on the last of them. This daughter of Showcasing goes 3yo handicapping off OR65 in a C5 5F sprint on the Tapeta. No idea. Watching Brief.

#startrackingEpsomDerbyUpdate

SIR MICHAEL STOUTE has recruited Kieren Fallon and Andrea Atzeni to ride his pair of Investec Derby hopes, and the latter described himself as “very happy”, after a first spin on Ulysses on Wednesday morning. While Fallon is set to renew his acquaintance with Stoute aboard outsider Across The Stars, Atzeni rides Ulysses, an eight-length maiden winner at Newbury earlier this month. The son of Galileo, whose pedigree is steeped in Derby and Oaks history, has been well-backed this week, and is now as short as 6-1, having been double that price with several firms last Sunday. Atzeni rode Ulysses over a mile on the Al Bahathri Polytrack with stablemate Galvanize, said : “I was very happy with that and when I asked him he quickened past the lead horse. “He feels a quality horse. Obviously this is flat and Epsom is not but he feels well balanced.” David Milnes Racing Post 10:05AM 25 MAY 2016

#startracking Wednesday May 25th 1pm

A very average days racing to put it mildly! Roll on tomorrow night at Sandown.

#SuperStoute introduces a 3yo filly at Kempton, which I will discuss, and #FantasticMrFahey runs four handicappers at Hamilton, none of which appeal, and a brace of 2yo’s in the card opener. Talking of Musley Bank I should think that the stable cats were hard to find after last night’s meeting at Wetherby with the yard having three seconds, all beaten less than a length, and a fancied two year old running off the track on the home bend! Don’t suppose Line Sport running a lacklustre third at Wolverhampton would have done much to improve the demeanour of “the Grumpy Gnome” either. Ho hum, upwards and onwards.

Kempton 6.50            LABYRINTH Unraced as a 2yo, Ted Durcan takes the ride in this C4 7F maiden on the sand at Kempton. This daughter of Lawman, out of a Galileo mare, is owned by the Queen but is NOT a homebred. Indeed here is the really interesting bit, Her Majesty paid £260K for her. Much as HM is hardly down to her last tiara it is still rare for her to spend this much! Couldn’t recommend a punt but a definite Watching Brief.

 

The Bank Holiday weekends fare is fairly uninspiring, especially on the big handicap front, although the Haydock card is worth a second look and my thoughts turned to ten day’s time and the Epsom Derby.

I must come clean and say that the downland track is one of my least favourite, especially for a punt, and our premier 3yo 12F event is run on the wrong course at the wrong time of year but you can’t argue with a zillion years of history! As regular followers of this blog will know I had expected Sir Michael Stoute to come to the fore this season on the back of the strength in depth he has with this season’s crop of 3yo’s. At the start of the season I had a small financial interest in Midterm and Ulysses for the Derby as well as Idaho from Ballydoyle who I thought could be the best suited to Epsom of the O’Brien batallions. So far so good. Midterm’s demise in the Dante was disappointing but gave me a reason to review that day at York and I pass on my observations of the Middleton and the Dante.

York Dante Meeting 2016 2.40 Middleton G2 Fillies 10½F This looks a strong G2 for the girls. Crystal Zvezda was the subject of bullish reports earlier this year as one to really improve as a 4yo. Her issue is she won’t settle and she is too keen early to get home at Group level. It is no surprise she is re-equipped here with a hood. The only other time she has worn it was over C&D when second to French Dressing in the Listed Lyric Stakes.

Crystal Zvezda                                   7th           10/1 I think it would be fair to say that this young lady has her very own ideas about the game. She has absolutely no interest in racing and should be retired to the paddocks now! If she does reappear on a race course avoid at all costs. #NotSoSuperStoute

Midterm         York Dante Meeting 2016 3.15 Dante G2 3yo Colts 10½F Current favourite for the Epsom Derby and already won the Sandown trial beating Algometer half a length with the rest well back. #SuperStoute will have this blueblood in top shape and not much he doesn’t know about winning a Derby. I think Midterm could be the real deal and is the only runner with the form in the book and the Stoute yard continues in red hot form and no worries with Pat Smullen aboard. Ballydoyle have lots of good 3yo colts but I’m convinced they think US Army Ranger is the best 12F colt but he’s no world beater. Midterm is a four star**** win @ 6/4 with WH.

Midterm                                              5th           5/4Fav Interviewed beforehand Sir Michael Stoute said Midterm had worked like “his usual lazy self”. To my eyes he looks a real racehorse, not big, nicely made and a good size. He was too keen early, in rear, came wide in the straight, has every chance 2F out, one pace. Will improve, needs to mature mentally. Entries in the Edward VII at Royal Ascot and the Irish Derby.

Victory Bond          York Dante Meeting 2016 3.15 Dante G2 3yo Colts 10½F My notes sayOnly seen once in 2015 when second to Algometer in a Newbury 8F C4 maiden that is beginning to look strong form. He is a big strapping son of Medician, homebred by the Bloomsbury Stud. He made a winning debut at three in a C4 10F maiden at Ripon, literally head and shoulders above the rest, he won by 7L and 10L in the style of a Group horse and 10F looks to be his trip.” Today we will find out how good he is. He has done nothing wrong so far.

Victory Bond is a one star* win selection @ 16/1 general.

Victory Bond                                      6th           12/1 Over raced first two furlongs, this strapping colt travelled well in midfield, moved up to second 2F out and every chance, weakened final furlong. Entry in the G2 12F Edward VII at Royal Ascot but I am not sure he will get the trip? Has an interesting handicap mark of OR98 so an entry in the 8F Britannia Handicap at Royal Ascot would be of interest or a race such as the Listed Steventon Stakes at Newbury over 10F on July 16th?

Wings of Desire            York Dante Meeting 2016 3.15 Dante G2 3yo Colts 10½F My Craven notes say Wings of Desire also kept on well and has a completely different set of criteria. He wants this Soft ground and at least 12F!” Dante doesn’t look his race. Maybe Great Voltiguer and Leger later?

Wings of Desire                                               1st           9/1 Got this chap wrong! Horse and jockey did a thoroughly professional job. Frankie Dettori settled WoD in the rear, moved up on the home turn, travelled well into the race off a fast pace and stayed on the strongest to beat Deauville a head. A word of warning going forward, WoD is a full brother to Eagle Top who won the G2 Edward VII at Royal Ascot but despite going close never got his head in front again racing at the top level. WoD must have every chance in the Derby with no colt looking outstanding in the 3yo ranks.

Choreographer          York Dante Meeting 2016 3.15 Dante G2 3yo Colts 10½F The race also contains a Newmarket talking horse in Roger Varian’s Choreographer. The China Racing Club paid 850,000 euros for this son of Sea the Stars and in his Racing Post stable tour today the trainer suggests this is one of three potential G1 3yo’s he may have.” “The winner of this maiden, CHOREOGRAPHER, should go in your #startracker. Roger Varian rates this son of Sea the Stars, who cost the China Horse Club 850K euros, and there have been Group horse mutterings. He has entries in the Dante at York and the Edward VII at Royal Ascot.” Roger Varian has a myriad of well bred, expensive 3yo colts and he thinks Choreographer is in the top three. Choreographer is a one star* win selection @ 25/1 with PP

Choreographer                                 7th           16/1 Pulled hard early on, rear of midfield on rail, didn’t get the smoothest of passages and struggled to find any racing room in the home straight and only the winner came home stronger. This son of Sea the Stars holds an entry in the G2 12F King Edward VII at Royal Ascot and the 10F G1 Eclipse. Would be a big fancy in the former.

 

#startracking Tuesday May 24th11am

Gershwin didn’t let us down yesterday showing a nice turn of foot under head waiter, George Baker, and Royal Ascot now looks on the agenda. Today it’s all about Richard Fahey and time to bag a couple of handicaps!

#SuperStoute 3yo’s

Wetherby 8.20                       SIR GEORGE SOMERS This son of Cape Cross drops 2F to a mile, albeit a stiff one, for his third, handicap qualifying run. Has run perfectly well, if a little one paced, at Windsor over 10F in his two previous runs. Looks a handicap project to me. Watching Brief.

#FantasticMrFaheyOlderHorses4yo+

Wolverhampton 4.45            BAYAN KISARGA Very much an OnlyIf… horse. Six spins around Wolverhampton’s 12F for form figures of 115611, the two defeats involved the words “dwelt” “hampered” and “not clear run”, winning off marks of OR57, 67, 68 and 72. Today she runs off OR75 but Natalie Hambling, who has won on the horse over course and distance, takes 7lb off. Drawn 8 of 8 shouldn’t be a problem as Eager Beaver should set a solid pace and BK can tuck in and as always pounce late. Hope You Dance is 8lb better off than when they met in February but is still a seven race maiden. We will trust Ms Hambling to get a clear run and Bayan Kisarga is a two star** win selection @ 4/1 general.

Wetherby 7.15                       INGLEBY SPRING Difficult to know what to make of this filly. She has won just once in sixteen starts but also only failed just once to make the first six and has finished either third or fourth on seven occasions. The words “kept on” frequently appear in her race analysis and today she steps up to 9F, well drawn in 4, and if Tony Hamilton can hold a position around the left hand bend she could be a player. She gets a stone off the penalised favourite and I think worth a one star* each way investment @ 10/1 general.

Wetherby 7.50                       INNOCENT TOUCH This horse is going to go mighty close to winning a 12F handicap at York this summer on ground better than good. He has some ridiculously strong bits of form on his CV, such as running Mizzou to a short head,  but his two wins from 23 Flat starts came off marks of OR67 and 73 and off marks in the 80’s he has been one paced in the final furlong. He drops a couple of grades today to C4 and is really well drawn in Stall 1, if Tony Hamilton, gets him out! If he could stack them up this prominent racer could go close.

Worth a one star* win @ 7/1 general

#FantasticMrFahey3yo’s

Wolverhampton 3.15            LINE SPORT One of the biggest disappointment’s from Musley Bank so far this season. Unraced as a 2yo, Jaber Abdullah’s chestnut son of Exceed and Excel was widely touted as useful but on debut at Ripon over 6F the tissue favourite was withdrawn and he went off market leader. Notes say “slow away, trailed, green, not a clue.” For his second run he tries the Tapeta at Wolverhampton with Jamie Spencer booked. This is serious egg and spoon territory but it has to be a Watching Brief.

Wetherby 6.45                       CELEBRATION My pre-season notes said “Quick son of Equiano who won twice as a juvenile and may have further improvement to come. Took a few runs to get the hang of things then won 5F nurseries at Carlisle and Sandown off OR62 & OR68, both times getting out, bagging the rail and seeing it out best. Then ran perfectly well in C2 nursery company and rounded the season off a close second on Soft ground at Nottingham behind Ample in C4. C3 (?-80), stiff 5F/6F, good ground, any chance of grabbing a rail, would all be ideal. 3yo sprinting is the hardest category but I think there is a bit of scope from OR77.”

Celebration kept on for 2nd to Reflektor on his first run as a 3yo and last time out was 3rd just beaten two necks, losing out in the final 50 yards. Now up to OR79 he is a consistent sprinter, 3551164223, but could do with winning a 0-80 stiff 5f C3/4 soon. Ground doesn’t seem to be an issue. Wetherby’s 5½F trip is ideal and I am not alone in thinking that he has plenty in his favour today and the overnight 7/1 has all gone. If he can beat Udodontu to the rail he has every chance. Celebration is a two star** win selection @ 11/2 with PP.