Monday May 15th

5.45pm Not a great weekend, tomorrow is hardly inspiring and I’ve used today trying to update my #FantasticMrFahey notes by looking at his entries for this week. So I thought I had might as well share them with you. They are not all running! Enjoy.

Rockthejoint                         2yo filly  (Mrs H Steel)

Mrs Steel paid €40K for this daughter out of Society Rock.

Reinbeau Prince   2yo colt  (Mrs H Steel)

Home bred out of Mrs Steel’s OR88 rated Bridle Belle by Dansili. Reinstorm was previous foal. Will surely want time and a trip? Better 3yo?

The Right Choice  2yo colt  (The Fairweather Foursome)             

€45K foal €32K yearling? Son of Choisir. Could easily make a 2yo on pedigree.

Whigwham                           3yo filly  (Richard Fahey Ebor Racing Club Ltd) 534753-7             (-)                            OR68 66 63 60

Very little sign of ability in five runs to date. RF Racing Club “fun horse”. No surprise to see her in a C6 6F seller. Lay.

Reinstorm                             3yo gelding            (Mrs H Steel)                         809532-5              (-)                            OR55 54 55 58

Homebred half brother to Reinbeau Prince by Bridle Belle.  Nothing special on 3yo debut having been gelded. Breeding/form suggests an 8/10F C5 handicap should be within his scope.

Starlite Sienna      3yo filly  (Nick Bradley Racing (Devious Diva)) 4604       –8            (-)                            OR68 66

4th on debut in a very moderate C5 7F maiden at Newmarket. No chance from draw at Wolverhampton on Tapeta AW with Hamilton having her three wide with no cover. Then a trip to the Curragh when unsighted in the big Sales race and when last seen took on the boys over Newcastle’s AW straight 7F and was an OK 4th. Of interest in handicap company (especially fillies only!) but the owner does enjoy putting his fillies in Listed Company and above.

Liquid Gold                            3yo filly  (Mrs H.Steel)

The Steels paid €95K for this daughter of Nathanial out of a US dam. Unraced as a 2yo. Could Be Anything (CBA)?

River Warrior                       3yo colt  (Brook Stud)                                                          0975                       (-)                            OR45 36

Home bred colt who has to be #FantasticMrFaheys biggest challenge of 2017? Can he get a win from a horse currently rated just OR36?

YORK

Innocent Touch    6yo gelding            (Nicholas Wrigley/Kevin Hart)            662412510-5       (90)         OR86 83 85 87 90 94 93

Solid season winning two 10F handicaps, C4 at Ayr and C3 at Epsom. Suggests improvement but handicapper may have him. Will he have another go hurdling? Catch him first time on Good ground on a sharp flat two miles! Sent off 4/1F on seasonal debut at Epsom, never competitive 5th!

George Bowen     5yo gelding            (M A Scaife)                           0680780655-09   (91)                         OR99 98 97 96 93 92 91 90 88

Just can’t get all of his ducks in a line this season. Keep the faith. 6/7F C2 bit of cut, load of luck! My notes say “Hugely likeable 6F sprinter who in 2015 went from winning a C3 handicap at Wolverhampton off 85 to running second in the Ayr Silver Cup off 96, winning at Newmarket and the Curragh on the way. The Ayr Gold Cup would seem a logical target and it wouldn’t surprise me to see him tried over further. He appreciates Soft ground and I expect him to land a C2 handicap pot and possibly a Listed race and even Group level towards the end of the season.” Ground is key. The more rain the stronger his chance. Has run really well in three of his last four runs in C2 6F handicaps never beaten more than three lengths on Good ground, often from a poor draw, rattling home but without Soft in the going they weren’t stopping in front. Now done a stone from a peak of OR100 but hasn’t won since September 2015. Win only bet and when he cops let’s hope it’s a decent race! Ayr and Ireland double stake. Wears a first time hood at York 17.05.17.

Growl                                     5yo gelding            (Dr Marwan Koukash)         444114426210-   (93)         OR89 88 87 93 99 101 104 114

Possibly the most improved horse in the yard. Won over 6F C3 at Nottingham and C2 at Windsor and has since been placed in the Bunbury, the Stewards and the Ayr Gold Cup and his mark has gone from OR89 to OR104. Will do well to win a handicap off that and has an entry in Ascots G1 Champion Sprint. Can he step up to Listed G3? Ireland or France? 7F? Excellent 2nd on Champions Day and he’ll be playing with the big boys next year. Won a Listed at Doncaster then in December went to Sha Tin in Hong Kong and finished last of thirteen. Graham Lee retains the ride and surely all the big gigs are on their agenda! My opinion is G3 at best but never say never.

Sir Reginald Brown              3yo gelding            (P.D Smith Holdings Ltd)                      1                              (?)                           OR75

Homebred by Archipenko out of Elusive Sue a previous inmate of Musley Bank. Unraced as 2yo. Gelded. It was only a C6 7F Apprentice maiden over 7F at Redcar but he could hardly have been more impressive. Always in van, last off bridle, led 1F out and kept on well under the equally impressive 7lb claimer Connor Murtagh. Must get further and surely considering the owners will be seen at York. Could be anything?

Senator                 3yo gelding            (Cheveley Park Stud)                            117                         (?)                           OR91

The Musley Bank Frankel colt! Won at Leicester, 6F C5 Good to Firm, on debut despite definite signs of greenness, he quickened well. Won on second outing as well, Carlisle 6F C5, travelled well but took a while to pick up (greenness?) then won comfortably. Stepped up in class and trip, Listed 7F at Doncaster, was too keen, had no cover and raced choke out. Disappointing last of seven in what looks like turning out to be a hot heat. However “4:15pm THE WEATHERBYS STALLION BOOK FLYING SCOTSMAN STAKES (CLASS 1) (Listed Race) The Stewards held an enquiry into possible interference approaching 2 furlongs out. Having heard their evidence and viewed recordings of the race they found that BACCHUS, placed sixth, ridden by Jimmy Fortune, had interfered with SENATOR, unplaced, ridden by Ryan Moore. The Stewards found Fortune in breach of Rule (B)54.1 and guilty of careless riding in that he had allowed his mount to shift right towards the rail when insufficiently clear, causing SENATOR to ease”.

His dam won the Fillies Mile as a 2yo and two Group 2’s at 3. Just needs to grow up mentally, settle better and a further step up in trip, 10F could be the optimum. Should make an interesting 3yo!

Starlight Romance               3yo filly  (Mrs H Steel)                                                         34322-1 (75)                         OR77 76 75 80

The Steels paid 110K euros for this daughter of first season sire Excelebration. Not a lot of her but she’s a trier. Consistent but still to get her head in front and goes into handicaps (?) off OR75. Low weight in a decent race at Chester?

Rewarded for her 2yo consistency on handicap debut as a 3yo over 7F+ at Beverley off OR75 ridden by Sammy Jo Bell claiming 3lbs. Not the biggest, travelled OK, picked up nicely from the 2F pole, cosy.

It Don’t Come Easy              2yo colt  (A Rhodes Haulage+ P Timmins)

Son of Choisir.

The Right Choice  2yo colt  (The Fairweather Foursome)             

€45K foal €32K yearling? Son of Choisir. Could easily make a 2yo on pedigree.

Footlight                                4yo filly  (Mrs P B E P Farr) 3634121728122334-         (60 74) OR55 54 53 59 60 66 71 70 74 78 79 (84)

Amazingly this homebred daughter of Showcasing has won two of her last four starts, both C6, 8F at Southwell on the AW and 7F at Catterick on good to Soft. Now 8lbs above last winning mark but could be improving, especially at Southwell on the AW as she handles that deep sand. Been busy over the winter running eight times on the AW winning once. Hard to see her winning a handicap above C5/6 off current mark. Rated 5lb higher on AW.

Island Flame                          4yo filly  (Northumbria Leisure Ltd)                   1417347143         (70)         OR65 68 74 72 70 75 76

(C5 10F GS) Don’t know how Paddy Mathers got her to win at Newcastle on AW debut on Tapeta on 30/9! Travelled strongly if a little keen, among horses, got boxed in 2F out, had to go back and out, when asked she put her head in the air but kept on to win by a head! Took the hood off after five runs with it on? She won when they first put in on! Not often you see a Kodiac over 12F but she seems to get it OK. (C5 10/12F GS)

Forest Ranger       3yo colt  (Mrs H Steel)                                                         13-1                        (-)                            OR94 106

Large useful, scopey, winner on debut in C5 7F maiden at Redcar. Looks a well spent 26K for this half brother to Home Cummins. Second outing ran in Listed 8F Soft at Pontefract finishing 3rd behind D’bai (OR85 to 103) and Al Hamdany (OR88 to 97). Held onto rear, going really well 3F out, got run 1F out and picked up well. OR90 something? Just needs to grow into that frame and he’ll be fine. He’s a big unit and should get 10F.

sportinglife.co Stable Tour 2017 “This is a horse we like and he has some fancy entries too. He’s a huge individual – he could be 16-3 – and is still quite immature mentally and physically. He could really progress this year.”

Made his seasonal reappearance in a C2 Conditions race over the straight mile on the AW at Newcastle. Hello! He ran all over these, at odds of 25/1, and could be called the winner just after halfway and these weren’t trees he beat. Second was Syphax who won the G3 Acomb at York plus two 100+ rated horses. Forest Rangers mark has shot up 12lb to OR106 whilst his Racing Post Rating in his three races has gone 82,96 and 109. That’s progression and he heads to the Dante at York.

More tomorrow.

York Racecourse says “Gosden to send strong team to York 15 May

TRAINER John Gosden is set to send four of his emerging talents to York for key races during its season-opening Dante Festival, which starts this Wednesday.
 
Cracksman (6/1 with Betfred for the Derby) will on Thursday bid to become Gosden’s third straight winner of the Group 2 Betfred Dante Stakes, after the triumphs of Golden Horn (2015) and Wings Of Desire (2016). He is unbeaten in his two races to date, including victory in the ‘Classic Trial’ at Epsom last month.
 
Shutter Speed has also won both of her starts and will seek a career hat-trick when she contests the Group 3 Tattersalls Musidora Stakes on Wednesday. She delivered a smart display in landing a conditions race at Newbury last month.
 
A year ago Gosden won the Tattersalls Musidora Stakes with So Mi Dar, who returns to York for the Group 2 Betfred Middleton Stakes on Thursday. It will be the lightly-raced four-year-old filly’s first racecourse assignment since finishing third in the Group 1 Prix de l’Opera at Chantilly last October.
 
Friday’s Betway Yorkshire Cup will see Gosden’s strong team represented by progressive stayer, Muntahaa. After finishing third in a Doncaster conditions race, he showcased an upwardly mobile profile with victory in the Group 3 registered as the John Porter Stakes at Newbury in April.
 
Newmarket-based Gosden said: “Shutter Speed won nicely at Newbury and we rather feel, at this stage, around a mile and a quarter is her trip. When she ran at Newbury, the plan was the Musidora. We said that straight away and we’re staying with the plan. She is a nice type of filly – she could do no more than what she has done so far.
 
“So Mi Dar has obviously been off a very long time, waiting for the Middleton because there’s nowhere else to go. She’s liable to be a little fresh and will come on a great deal for her first run.
 
“Cracksman has only had two runs in his life. The Dante is closer to the Derby than usual due to a late Easter. We’ve lost a week, which is not helpful. On the other hand he needs the experience to race if we are even to consider Epsom.
 
“It’s the smartest trial but I still see it as a trial. He came out of his last race and he learnt a lot; he has been in good order since and ate well (The record books show that a 16-day gap between the Dante and Derby need not be a barrier to success as demonstrated by the fact that Authorized won both races with a similar timeframe in 2007).
 
“Muntahaa ran nicely in the John Porter. Obviously, it’s logical to come to the Yorkshire Cup – a Group 2 after a Group 3 win. It didn’t work out for him in his first race of the year – that went a little bit wrong. But he ran a nice race the other day and he’s on good terms with himself.” “

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