#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!


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



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



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!



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.



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?



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!


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.




“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



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 




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