So do you want the bad news, the bad news or perhaps the bad news?
Tatlisu runs in the Great St Wilfred at Ripon and he’s drawn in stall 5, yippee! However all the pace is in the big numbers and for some reason the hapless Keagan Latham has been booked to ride him when Adam MacNamara (Robert Cowell), Jack Garritty (Henry Candy) and George Chaloner (Robert Whitaker, regular pilot) are riding for outside yards! No wonder the recommended Ante Post 20/1 looks a bit sick with 33/1 available with WH this morning!
Forever Popular, my improving filly trained by William Haggas and a 66/1 steal for the Ebor next Saturday runs at Deauville tomorrow in the G3 12F fillies Prix Minerve with Christophe Soumillon in the plate. There’s another tenner I can kiss goodbye to!
Anyway let’s have a look at today.
Ripon “The Yorkshire track has more humps and bumps than a BMX circuit and is a venue that doesn’t suit all horses. Course form is worth its weight in gold.” AWJ Weekender 12/8
Ripon 3.25 REX IMPERATOR Races at 7F but wins at 6F. No issue with the ground, drawn in 12, in cracking form, just needs a racing seam. David Nolan rides for David O’Meara (Tudhope is in the US for Mondialiste) and the yard now looks like it’s got its act together. Two star** win @ 13/2 with BetFred and WH.
Ripon 3.55 TATLISU Blog Weds. 9th August 12noon “OR94 It will be no surprise to regular readers of this blog that I have been waiting for THIS horse in THIS race! He has run third in this race for the past two years, he’s never run a bad race at Ripon, he is currently three pounds below his last winning mark and this is his time of the year. TATLISU is a two star** each way ANTE Post selection @ 20/1 (General).
On Thursday lunchtime I will go in again if he gets in, has a single figure draw and especially if Adam MacNamara is on board taking off another 5lbs. Drawn close to Kimberella, Related or both would be a bonus.” Nightmare jockey booking in Keagan Latham but got to go in again one star* win @ 33/1 with WH. Fool and his money etc.etc.
Ripon 3.55 NUNO TRISTAN Blog Weds. 9th August 12noon “OR94 Along with Growl he has been a useful addition to the #FantasticMrFahey sprinting squad. Both bought astutely for Dr K at last season’s Horses in Training Sales. As in form as any in the yard, winning at Redcar over 7F, fifth in the 7F C2 International at Ascot and a running on third in the Stewards Cup Consolation at Goodwood back at 6F. First look at Ripon off a career high mark is a big ask and I’m not sure Good to Firm ground brings out the best of him, especially over 6F. I expect Tony Hamilton to choose him.” Ground has eased to Good, he’s drawn near the pace and the race could be set up for him! One star* win @ 10/1 with WH.
Newbury 3.40 VALLEY OF FIRE The notebook says “I am going to wait until he is down to OR90 in a C3 over 7F.” Well here he is at Newbury off OR86 in a C3 7F handicap and as a bonus for a hold up horse Jamie Spencer takes the ride. One star* each way @ 14/1 general.
Newbury 4.10 HOME OF THE BRAVE Yet to win a Group 2 but beat main rival, Convey, a neck in a G3. 7F trip is ideal and has winning form on quick ground. No Gifted Master this time so will probably be able to set his own fractions and not many jockeys riding better than Jim Crowley. The issue is whether 6/4 represents value? Not for me, Watching Brief.
Doncaster 3.45 GET KNOTTED I hope I haven’t missed the party here but this is an improving handicapper who enjoys quick ground and I thought may have been a player in the big 8F handicap at York next Thursday. The fact he turns up here is enough to persuade me to have one star* each way @ 11/1 with WH.
Doncaster 4.20 LATHOM Simply a winner waiting to happen for the O’Meara yard. Josh Doyle takes off a useful 5lb and will hopefully get going early enough to win this. Two star ** win @ 11/2 with WH.
Doncaster 4.50 FIDAAWY This is a Group horse. His education is just taking a bit of time, needs to mentally mature, he has the engine. Can’t let him go unbacked. Two star** win @ 6/5 general.
Newmarket 3.20 PROJECTION Really wanted to back this eye catcher but 9/4 for a top weight in a 13 runner 3yo sprint handicap is too short. Watching Brief.
Newmarket 3.20 PADDY POWER Wrote in the Notebook a couple of races back that this is just the sort of race here at HQ, 6F 3yo handicap, that this rogue might at last show what he promises on the gallops every morning. We’ll roll the dice, one star* each way @ 16/1.
Newbury 2.30 ESCOBAR Hugo Palmer 2yo going places.
Newbury 3.05 KINGS FETE Ideal race with limited opposition and Pat Smullen rides.
Doncaster 3.10 SOUNDSTRINGS Loads of improvement on last run.
Word of caution. #FantasticMrFahey has withdrawn Powerallied and Pushkin Museum at Newmarket as both are “off colour”. With York’s Ebor meeting starting on Wednesday let’s hope it’s not the whole yard “off colour”!
#FantasticMrFahey sportinglife.com article Friday August 12th.
I’m really looking forward to running Ribchester in Sunday’s Prix Jacques Le Marois at Deauville. Obviously it’s a rematch with Galileo Gold who beat us in the Sussex Stakes but my colt has come out of Goodwood very well. We’ve always thought he was a proper Group One horse, which he proved the last day, now the aim is to win one.
Everything seems fine on Sunday, the track and ground will suit, and he’s in great order. William Buick rides and we’re going there in good shape.
Before then we’ll try to win the William Hill Great St Wilfrid Stakes at Ripon for the third time in four years. We run three this time. Alben Star was very disappointing in the Stewards’ Cup at Glorious Goodwood. Paul Hanagan said he travelled well and everything was spot on but the horse just didn’t pick up. I’m just wondering whether he was a little rusty after a break as he went there fit but sometimes sprinters need to be competitive to give them their edge. We’re happy with him at home. We felt Nuno Tristan was a little unlucky not to win the consolation race at Goodwood. That said he ran a good solid race there and is sure to run another here. He’s in great form. Tatlisu completes the team and is a funny horse. He’s one who runs himself into form and was third in the race last year. We know he handles the track and he’s well handicapped if at his best but I’m a fraction worried about the draw as he’s in five which may not be the place to be.
We run four in the consolation race, the William Hill Silver Trophy Handicap. George Bowen is flying at home. He never rose a gallop in Ireland last time for some reason and we’re trying him in blinkers here. He’s working extremely well but is another drawn low, six, and that is a worry. Grandad’s World has fared a little better in nine and might just be running into a little bit of form. He’s handicapped to run well. We’ve also stuck a pair of blinkers on Patrick who has just gone a little old fashioned on us. We worked him in them this week and he pleased us but he’s drawn three which is the worry. Khelman is a star of a horse and any rain would help him. I just wonder if the course will suit him as much as some of the others though.
You can put Right Action‘s run at Doncaster last time down to trainer error. I ran him over seven furlongs and he just did too much. The drop back to six will suit in the CHS Vehicles Maiden Auction Stakes and he has a big chance if handling the track – something not every horse does there. We introduce Hint Of A Smile in the same race. She’s quite a nice filly, we like her, and she’s ready to run. I’d be a little surprised if she finished in front of the colt here on debut but she’ll win races.
Island Flame has had a good season. She runs in the British Stallion Studs EBF Fillies’ Handicap which looks competitive but my horse continues to run well and further rain wouldn’t bother her.
I thought Theos Lolly ran well at Goodwood last time considering the terrible draw he had. The William Hill Download The App Handicap represents a slight drop in grade for him, Adan McNamara is claiming five pounds off and he must have a solid chance.
So would my two runners in the Ridgeons Fillies’ Nursery at Newmarket. Lady In Question ran alright at Goodwood the last day, we were pleased enough with her there, and she’s entitled to be in the shake-up here. Clef is very tough and genuine and I think the step up to seven furlongs might just help her. If she stays she’d have a big chance.
Pushkin Museum is such a disappointing horse. I’m at the stage now where I don’t know what his trip is or how to ride him. He is extremely well handicapped if we can get him back on track but it’s proving difficult. We keep trying in the Pantile Stud Grey Horse Handicap.
We’re double handed in the C J Murfitt Ltd Handicap. Powerallied, in all honestly, is probably better on slower ground around Chester but this is a £45,000 pot and he’s entitled to have a go. I’ve said it before in this column but Paddy Power is such a frustrating horse. His work at home is of the highest order but he’s not delivered on the track. I think the step up to six furlongs will help him here, he remains in good order, but really needs to get his act together.
Our final three runners are at Doncaster. Show Me The Music makes her debut in the Betfred TV EBF Stallions Maiden Fillies’ Stakes. She’s quite a nice filly, and a well-bred one too being by Dubawi. She’s a little laid back and the run won’t be lost on her. She’s sure to win a maiden at some stage but whether it will be at the first time of asking, I wouldn’t be sure.
Farlow won the Betfred ‘Be Part Of The Action’ Handicap last season and goes well at the track. However I do feel he’s become badly handicapped. If he were to win it again I’d be thrilled and we’re taking seven pounds off with Natalie Hambling’s claim.
She also rides Ingleby Spring in the Betfred ‘Like Us On Facebook’ Apprentice Handicap having won on her at Epsom. She was suited by the step up to this ten furlongs trip that day and I hope she’ll go well again.