Posted Monday July 30th 2.30pm
What a feast of racing we have ahead this week with Galway and Goodwood! This blog will be brief with two of interest in Ireland. However I can’t go on without reflecting on Saturday. So close to a big pay day but boy is Stamp Hill “one that got away”!! Had all his conditions plus blinkers on for the first time but he hadn’t lifted a hoof all season. Frustratingly in my notebook I had actually typed “Love him to have a go at one of those big 7F handicaps at Ascot that will feature Heavens Guest!” Doh!! Hanagan riding was perhaps the biggest clue. Withernsea is still improving and what a cracking run from the 3yo Mjjack for Karl Burke. Those two each way eased my pain.
That’s #FantasticMrFahey’s second big handicap of the season. In the first Eastern Impact set it up for Mr Lupton and here it was Heavens Guest for Withernsea for Stamp Hill. Obviously Team Musley Bank needs to have a chat beforehand, seems to work!
Indeed Team Fahey had a good weekend. The Feathered Nest came from last to first to win the 3yo 6F handicap at Newmarket, a race I had put up the yards other one, Private Matter, at 50/1 who finished seventh! Check the replay out because he is murdered 2F out but then still ran on. Would have been close on that softer ground he prefers! Wins for Miss Puddles (a Club horse!!) and the impressive Dan Troop at Chester made it a good Saturday. Gabrial drifted from 13/8 to 11/4 in the Listed race at Pontefract on Sunday but #FantasticMrFahey still collected the prize with Another Touch for whom Custom Cut set it up nicely. That’s probably it for handicaps for Another Touch as his mark will probably be OR110+ tomorrow. Boy was he a good thing for that Ayr nursery off OR85 as a 2yo?? Darkanna finishing second in Deauville G3 for 2yo fillies on Sunday added to their pleasure.
Goddwood isn’t the happiest hunting ground for #FantasticMrFahey although he usually sends a decent 2yo here, who runs poorly! Ribchester will be the major interest and then it will be all eyes on York’s Ebor meeting in three week’s time!
Let’s go to Galway!
5.20 TWOBEELUCKY (de Bromhead) Can we kick the Festival off with a winner? I’ve been impressed with this ex Mark Johnson 4yo in both his hurdle races to date. He jumps slickly, travels and has a turn of foot. Indeed on his first run as a gelded 3yo in a 10F maiden at Doncaster he was second to El Vip no less, who I hope is going to do this blog a favour come Friday! Twobeelucky was blue on Oddschecker this morning, 5’s to 4’s but now they have taken the second favourite, Nessun Dorma, out he’s currently top priced 5/2. He’s already turned over Mullins hotpots Super Bowl and Royal Hawk so let’s see if he can bring up the hat trick by beating Le Richebourg of JP O’Brien and JP McManus! Two star** win
7.40 LAGOSTOVEGAS (WP Mullins) I happened to be in a betting shop when I caught sight of this fella winning. He could be called the winner 5F out. He won hard held by 4¼L and 9L and he didn’t hit the front until two out and idled in front! The handicapper had his say and put him up seventeen pounds but it gets him in this €59K handicap and Patrick Mullins does the steering in this Qualified Riders race. He’s won three of his last five Flat races and this is only his third run in Willie Mullins care! At 17/2 with PP he’s surely worth a one star* win!