Richard Fahey: Hill hopes
Richard Fahey's exclusive horse-by-horse guide to his runners on the first two days of the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival at Doncaster.
Chiswick Bey: Legends date (Sal Smithson – www.richardfahey.com)
Andok is our first runner at Doncaster on Wednesday in the Owlerton Greyhound Stadium-Sheffield's Top Night Nursery. He's a colt we like, he won well first time out at Redcar and has improved since. There aren't many runners in here and while it looks competitive my fellow is in good form and as I said, a horse we like.
Chiswick Bey has won plenty of races over the years and the Clipper Logistics Leger Legends Classified Stakes would be the easiest he's been in for a while. Track and ground are ideal and it's just a case of whether Dale Gibson can ride him properly!
Stamp Hill hasn't had a lot of racing this year through no fault of his own, he's just a horse who it's hard to find races for. Nothing went right for him at Goodwood last time and you can draw a line through that. He's in very, very good form at home, we're very happy with him and I hope he's going to run a big race in the Howcroft Industrial Supplies Handicap.
We're double-handed in the Weatherbys Hamilton 300,000 2-Y-O Stakes on Thursday. Scofflaw has to step up on what he's shown before to be competitive. He's been gelded since his last run which we hope will help but this looks a warm renewal of the race.
Marie Of Lyon is a filly we like a lot. I was a fraction disappointed with her last run behind Fair Eva at Ascot but there were no real excuses and she's been kept for this race since. She has a low weight, trip, ground and track should all be spot on. It's just a question of whether she's good enough.
We've two in the closing Ladbrokes Handicap too. Celebration has had a wonderful season and has been competing in very deep races. This is another one but you'd never draw a line through him. He's a grand horse, who can be laid back, so we're just putting the cheek pieces back on him here.
Khelman does his own thing. On good days he's a decent sprinter, on bad days he's a bad one. That's him – he's hard to predict – but does seem to be in very good form at home.
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