#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.




These are Saturday’s recommended #startracking investments and why


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.



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



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.



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.



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!



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.



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.”


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.



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


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


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.



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