Fahey believes bookies have it right
Richard Fahey believes bookmakers are right to make his Ribchester favourite for the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot on Qipco British Champions Day.
Ribchester: Favourite for the QEII stakes at Ascot
Godolphin's son of Iffraaj won the Group One Prix Jacques Le Marois at Deauville on his latest start with Galileo Gold, set to be one of his main rivals at Ascot, well beaten in eighth.
The three-year-old is 2/1 with Sky Bet for Champions Day glory with Galileo Gold and Minding both priced up at 4s.
Ribchester did one canter up Musley Bank in front of the assembled press on Wednesday morning, where he worked with Gabrial and Donjuan Triumphant under usual work rider John Murphy.
Fahey stressed all of his important work has been completed ahead of his October 15 assignment, with everything he does now just designed to keep him ticking over until the big day.
Speaking from Tattersalls sales at Newmarket, Fahey said: "This guy has got so much speed. He never blows, he never ever blows.
"The beauty of Ribchester is that it doesn't matter whether it rains or whether it's a sunny day – it's what good horses do.
"I took him for an away day on Monday to Tim Easterby's. It's just a couple of miles up the road and he has a new gallop. It's not to get him fit, just to get his heart racing and to do something different.
"I do think the bookmakers have got it right making him favourite after his run at Deauville. I thought after Goodwood he would bridge the gap to Galileo Gold and although he might have run a bit flat there I thought he would improve and he did and I think he has improved again since."
Fahey suggested that the rival he would fear most is Minding, Aidan O'Brien's superstar filly, who has won the Qipco 1000 Guineas, Investec Oaks, Pretty Polly Stakes and Nassau Stakes already this season.
O'Brien has options with her, as she could run in the Qipco Champion Stakes, but she has been cut in the betting for the QEII in the last week as punters try to second guess the Ballydoyle maestro.
"I'm a big fan of Minding and I'm looking forward to finding out what they decide to do with her – she's an exceptional filly," Fahey said.
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