Friday 5.45pm Competitive Saturday lacking a little quality because we are only ten days or so away from Royal Ascot when there will be quality everywhere you look.
Saturdays Lucky 15
Gone all over the country to see if we can find a winner or two! Can’t believe the Fahey prices!
Catterick 3.25 GABRIAL THE TIGER 25/1 PP 14/1 Skybet
Newmarket 4.50 REALLY SUPER 15/8 general
Haydock 4.05 SO BELOVED 15/2 PP general
Chester 4.55 POWERALLIED 16/1 general
and here’s why
Catterick 3.25 GABRIAL THE TIGER His trip, his ground, his grade and his time of year. With form round Chester the Tiger should enjoy the sharp 7F at Catterick and every chance Jack Garritty could bounce him out of stall I and make every yard. #FantasticMrFahey in his sportinglife.com blog “We also run Gabrial The Tiger in the same race and he’s paying the penalty still for having a good season last year. He’s becoming quite well handicapped again and seven furlongs around Catterick is ideal for him.” Only a pound above his last winning mark he receives weight from all of his rivals many of whom placed last time but perhaps the main danger will be soft ground lover Intense Style and trainer Les Eyre has called on the services of SammyJo Bell.
Newmarket 4.50 REALLY SUPER This 0-80 handicap will surely be won by a handicapping debutante and I’m a little surprised to see Really Super in a handicap as her three runs in maidens suggested that she would be a Black Type filly. Ralph Beckett, a master with the fillies, teams up with his stable jockey Fran Berry at HQ. No problem with trip, ground and grade. She was third to Star Rock, entered in the Ribblesdale, over C&D last time out with God Given splitting the pair and she should boost the form in the 9.10 on Friday night.
Haydock 4.05 SO BELOVED Not the strongest of Group 3 contest’s but over the specialist trip of 7F on rain softened ground at Haydock will take some winning. Breton Rock was an excellent third in the G1 Lockinge behind Ribchester, loves 7F, has his preferred Soft ground but also has a five pound penalty. In the Listed Spring Trophy over C&D Oh This Is Us beat Absolutely So a neck with So Beloved a further length and a quarter away in third. So Beloved had the smoother passage but less cover and 7F is his trip with two wins here at Haydock but it was his trainers comment afterwards in a RP Stable Tour that interested me. “..may go back at the same track for the John of Gaunt possibly even abroad. I think he’s still got improvement in him.” If so he’s at a good price.
Growl is a 6F horse and I think he and Mitchum Swagger are both not much more than good handicappers.
“He ran well last time out behind Oh This Is Us. He likes the track and he’s reasonably versatile as regards ground,” O’Meara told At The Races. “He travelled well and hopefully if he goes back there and runs like he did again you’ll see him being competitive. Heseems in good form at home. So Beloved has gone in soft ground at Goodwood and fast ground in some of his other wins.”
Chester 4.55 POWERALLIED C3 6F Soft ground around Chester is exactly what this horse wants. What he didn’t want was to be drawn in stall 11! Only two pounds above his last winning mark which is offset by the 7lb claim of smart stable apprentice Connor Murtagh. At least twice last season his trainer #FantasticMrFahey said he wanted 6F on the Roodeye and in his sportinglife.com blog today offers hope “Powerallied may not have the draw in his favour (stall 11) but sometimes around there if it’s softish they can come down the middle of the track and that can level it up a little.”
Thursdays Lucky 15
Just the one winner but over half our money back, £8.50 for the £15.
Ripon 3.30 STAMP HILL 8th 9/1 (14/1 Ladbrokes + Coral)
Far too keen early on, still not sure he stayed the mile.
Sandown 6.30 SPLASH AROUND 3rd 6/5F (5/2 Betfred 9/4 general)
Moderate away, slow, one pace. Whole field looked possible hurdlers to me!
Sandown 7.00 DANCING BREEZE 5th 8/1 (9/2 Ladbrokes + Coral)
Odd ride. Fraankie seemed to want to be among horses and never really got any racing room. Chance at the furlong pole but one pace. I’ll keep her in the tracker whilst she’s handicapping.
Sandown 7.35 FRONTISPIECE 1st 5/2 (2/1 Ladbrokes + Coral)
Big unit, kept wide by Ryan Moore, led from the 2F pole and saw it out, just. Needed race and will improve.
Friday Carlisle 4.40 C4 11F 3yo handicap. GOING Good to Soft, Soft in places.
So Melting Dew looks the winner to me. A well-bred improver from a yard in form deserves his place in the market. The doubt is will his form hold up on Turf? The same applies to a couple of the others so I’m taking the 13/8.
Three star *** win Melting Dew @ 13/8 with Coral or BetFred. 3rd 13/8F
Disappointing. Looked unbalanced going down the descents. Kept on with some purpose on the climb to the line but never competitive. Better ground, flatter course and I’ll keep him in the tracker.
Racing Post Fahey lines up incredible 32 runners in bid to beat his record Richard Birch 4:58PM, JUN 9 2017
It must surely take planning of almost military-like precision, but Richard Fahey seems totally unfazed that he will equal a personal record on Saturday if his 32 – yes, 32! – declared runners all take part in their respective races spread over five meetings. They include participants in the day’s feature races – Growl in the Betway John Of Gaunt Stakes at Haydock, and Areen Faisal and Maggies Angel in Beverley’s two-year-old highlights. The master of Musley Bank, Malton, whose operation has got stronger and stronger over the last two decades and now includes dual Group 1 winner Ribchester for Godolphin, has always had a reputation as one of Britain’s busiest handlers.
Where they’re all running Chester 11 Beverley 8 Haydock 5 Catterick 4 Newmarket 4
Fahey has sent out 30 or more runners in a single day half a dozen times in his career, including 32 on two occasions – June 11 and July 23 – last year. He is clearly at his busiest at the height of summer, when the meetings come thick and fast, and on this corresponding day last year he also had 32 runners, although the make-up of the fixtures was different.
It is clearly a recipe for success as Fahey recorded 198 winners in 2016, accumulated more than £3 million in prize-money and achieved success in Group 1, 2 and 3 company. The previous year Fahey equalled the record of 235 winners in a calendar year, a total which is testament not only to his own talent but the hard graft and teamwork that goes on behind the scenes.
“Thirty-two is the most we’ve ever sent out on a single day,” Fahey said on Friday. “We’re well sorted for tomorrow. It’s no big deal and there are no problems.” While ‘no big deal’ for Fahey, a huge number of trainers, of course, would love 32 horses in their yard. He continued: “There are meetings at Beverley, Catterick, Chester and Haydock, places where we’d always expect to have plenty of runners. We’re in action down at Newmarket too, but don’t have any runners at Chepstow. That’s not to say we didn’t consider it. We had two in there but decided not to run them. We’re happy with the way things are going. We’re busy and are sending out plenty of winners, but this is racing and in our industry you always want more.”
The biggest Fahey representation is at his happy hunting ground of Chester, where 11 of his horses are due to line-up, including three in the 6f Whitley Neill Gin Handicap, namely Powerallied, Khelman and Ballesteros.
Eight travel to Beverley, including the aforementioned Areen Faisal, the mount of Paul Hanagan in the Brian Yeardley Continental Two Year Old Trophy, five head off to Haydock, while four of his team will be in action at Catterick and Newmarket. The yard is due to be using a total of 15 jockeys during the day.
Fahey is indebted to all the staff who have helped to make sending out such a staggering number of runners on a single day possible. “Everyone will be working hard on Saturday,” he said. “We’re using four of our boxes and those of C & C Transport and Alan Hill for the overflow. “It really isn’t a problem, though. We’re out there to train winners and that’s what we’re trying to do. It may seem a massive operation but it’s more straightforward than you might think. Let’s just hope we have a winner or two among them.”
Fahey on his three best (??RP) chances
Champion Harbour 5.35 Beverley He’s well handicapped if he can get his act together. He won a mile handicap on the all-weather at Newcastle last month and that should have done his confidence the world of good. I’m very happy with him and Paul Hanagan is in the saddle. We also run Greenview Paradise, the mount of Joe Doyle, but she’ll do well to beat Champion Harbour.
Growl 4.05 Haydock Didn’t run up to form on his first appearance of the season in the Group 2 Duke of York, where he was a little fresh. Stepping up to seven furlongs [from six] on slower ground should see him run better. He’s officially the highest-rated horse in the race and goes there in good form. Graham Lee rides.
Angel Gabrial 3.40 Newmarket
Has come down the ratings and Andrew Mullen rides. I’m hoping he can get back to winning ways and, all being well, he’ll be there or thereabouts. We’re also represented by Gabrial’s King, but he’s the sort who can run well or terrible.
Fahey Saturday special bets Skybet: 5-4 four winners or more, 11-8 two winners or fewer, 100-30 three winners, 5 Six Strings and Growl both finish in first three, 10 Starlight Romance and Vona both finish in first three, 25 Angel Gabrial and Gabrial’s King both finish in first four, 50 Six Strings and Growl both win
Doubt if this amused #FantasticMrFahey! The Stewards held an enquiry to consider why Adam McNamara, the rider of CHISWICK BAY (IRE), unplaced, had appeared to drop his hands and stop riding approaching the winning post. Having heard his evidence and viewed recordings of the race they found him in breach of Rule (B)188.8.131.52 and guilty of failing to ride out on a horse that would have finished fourth. They suspended him for 4 days as follows: Sunday 25, Monday 26, Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28 June 2017.