Looks like I’m going to be done by the weather this weekend, too much sun, not enough rain!
Arthenus needs rain/watering to even run at York and much as Heavens Guest will take part would prefer to have Good to Soft to Good to Firm, a comment that probably applies to Don’t Touch as well!
#startracking Going Updates
Newmarket / Thu 07 Jul Good to Firm (Good in Places)(Watering) (GoingStick: 8.0 on Tuesday at 12:00)
Updated @ 8:02am, Wed 06 Jul
Clerk of the course “Considering the last meeting saw the going turn heavy after thunderstorms, it has dried out remarkably quickly and is currently described as good to firm, good in places. I’ve just changed the going to good to firm, good in places, it’s 8.0 on the going stick from 7.8, so it has tightened up a notch,” said Prosser. “We’ll reassess the watering situation nearer the time. If there’s no rain on Thursday, and it doesn’t look like there will be, Friday is supposed to be dry, too, then we may consider watering to keep it on the top side of good. At the moment the track is in seriously good shape and I could not be happier with it before the first day.”
York / Fri 08 Jul Good to Firm (GoingStick: 7.6 overall. Home Straight; Far Side – 7.6 Centre – 7.6 Stands Side – 7.5 on Wednesday at 08:00) Updated @ 8:19am, Fri 01 Jul
Watering: Irrigated overnight to replace moisture lost Updated @ 6:19am, Wed 06 Jul
Ascot / Fri 08 Jul Straight Course: Good to Firm Round Course: Good to Firm, Good in places (GoingStick: Straight: 8.4, Round: 7.5 on Wednesday at 08:00) Updated @ 8:15am, Mon 04 Jul
Watering: watered 4mm on round course overnight to Wed morning watering Straight Wednesday during the day. Updated @ 7:32am, Wed 06 Jul
Chester / Fri 08 Jul Good to Soft, Good in Places (GoingStick: 6.6 on Tuesday at 10:00)
Updated @ 7:16am, Wed 06 Jul
Catterick 3.50 NOVINOPHOBIA Here’s what I wrote in my Unofficial #FantasticMrFahey Stable Tour at the start of the season “Considering his owners, P.Timmins & A.Rhodes Haulage, are based in the city it was no surprise he had two of his first three runs at York but he must have shown something at home as he was just 9/1 on debut in a C3 event. He made his handicap debut in a C2 nursery at Goodwood running a solid 5th before dropping four grades(!!) and making every yard over 7F at Musselburgh. He closed the season with two soft ground seconds in a C5 at Salisbury, all sorts of issues at the start, and a C2 at Catterick where the ground was perhaps against him. I can see him making all on Good to Firm over a sharp 7F at the likes of Catterick, Musselburgh and possibly Chester and even York.”
Since I wrote that Novinophobia’s mark has tumbled from OR79 to OR66 and has the required conditions, drawn 2 and Tony Hamilton on board. Two star** win selection at 9/2 general.
Yarmouth 4.10 LAURENCE Still waiting for this one to reap dividends. “Had been on my radar but the bells started ringing after Arab Dawn beat the Cumani trained Ajman Bridge at Royal Ascot 2015 and during an interview winning trainer Roger Charlton pointed out Cumani (Fittocks Stud) had bred the winner and Cumani had a homebred 3yo by the same dam, LAURENCE, Charlton would very much like to train! Third twice in soft ground back end maidens over 8.5F as a 2yo he opened his 3yo campaign with another 3rd to Sahaafy in a warm maiden over 8F at Newbury. He got off the mark beating Ashridge Lad over the same trip at Newmarket. He has since run in two handicaps off OR85, a C4 at Leicester over 10F, “not clear run over 1f out” and a C3 at Goodwood over the same trip, “every chance 2f out, no extra and beaten when slightly impeded inside final furlong”. Up a pound to OR86 under the careful guidance of Cumani this horse should continue to improve winning decent C3/2 10/12F handicaps on the way.” Not pulling up trees this season but here he is in a C3 10F handicap off OR85, his last winning mark, on Good to Firm ground and must be worth a one star* win dabble @ 7/1 with Coral.
Tom O’Ryan Northern Lights @sportinglife.com 6th July 9.50am
Anyone with plans to head to Catterick next Wednesday, could have an unexpected treat in store. Queen Kindly, narrowly beaten in the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot last month, is expected to turn up at the A1 course to contest the novice fillies’ stakes over five furlongs. A straightforward option before a crack at the Lowther Stakes at York next month is the idea of connections for Queen Kindly, trained by Richard Fahey for Jaber Abdullah, who bred this juvenile from Lady Of The Desert, herself the winner of the Lowther in 2009. Queen Kindly made a winning debut at Catterick a couple of weeks before her spirited effort in the Albany. Racegoers can expect to see her back there again next week.
Four to Follow included – NAVARONE looked an unlucky loser of Haydock’s seven-furlong maiden on Friday evening. Having moved smoothly to the front approaching the final furlong, the Richard Fahey-trained colt darted sharply to his left when receiving a back-hander (he may also have been startled by the large stage erected to accommodate Jess Glynne after racing) and lost balance, momentum and the lead. Narrowly beaten into third, he should not be long in making amends. Tom O’Ryan Northern Lights @sportinglife.com 6th July 9.50am
#startracking Twitter News
Here’s a couple to keep an eye on!
Eqtiraan a 250k son of Helmet entered at Newmarket on Friday, supposedly one of Hannon’s best 2yo’s, same connections won it last year. Graham Woods @grahamwoods19 4.30pm Tues
BLAIR HOUSE 1m Handicap, Friday There’s unlikely to be a better-treated runner, and there certainly won’t be a less-exposed one, if Blair House takes up his engagement on Friday. If his debut win was a surprise, at 14/1, the only surprise about his second run was that he didn’t win, but he should have done, asked a lot for one so inexperienced, too much to catch the front runner, but shaping very well again. By Pivotal out of a sister to Poet’s Voice, Blair House is destined for bigger and better things, and this bigger and better field on Friday will only help him show his true colours all the more. Timeform Jamie Lynch 5th July
Godolphin.com “First foal; dam placed 1m1f in France (RPR 84), sister to 1m Group 1 winner Poet’s Voice, closely related to Japanese 6f-1m1f stakes winner Gold Tiara & 6f/6.5f 2yo winner Swan Nebula out of US 6f 2yo winning sister to US 1m3f Grade 1 winner Chief Honcho; won Nottingham maiden on debut in May 2016, but still looked green when keeping-on second in Musselburgh handicap next time; effective over 1m; acts on good to firm.”