Richard Fahey: Honourable mention

Our in-form columnist Richard Fahey provides a horse-by-horse guide to his runners on a typically busy weekend.

Eastern Impact (red sleeves): Generally goes well at Newmarket

I have to start this week's column with a tribute to Tom O'Ryan, who sadly passed away this week.

He'd been a friend of mine for over 30 years and we'd worked closely together, particularly in recent years. This season he'd joined our team at Musley Bank as racing adviser, although he helped out in every single facet of what we did.

He'd previously ridden out regularly for us and was a huge influence on all our young jockeys.

We've had three champion apprentices over the years in Paul Hanagan, Freddie Tylicki and Robert Winston, and Tom was a big help to them all. He asked me for permission to work with them and once he had it, he was in his element.

He didn't want anything for his work with them – or any of the other young riders he's mentored and tutored over the years. There must be 60 or more jockeys out there who he has helped at some stage.

Tom had a great way of getting his opinion across without ever offending people. He loved and breathed the whole job – he had time for everyone – from the lad mucking out in the morning to the jockeys, owners and even the trainers!

He lived for every day and was the sort of man who would do anything for anybody. Everyone respected Tom and had a kind word for him. I can't think of a single enemy he made in the sport.

It's impossible to say how much we will all miss him. We've lost a close friend, a colleague and the voice of the north. He was an incredible horseman and a brilliant writer and broadcaster. Racing is a poorer sport without him in it and my thoughts are with his wife Wendy, and brother Robin.

We've a busy Saturday ahead and Vaulted is our first runner in the Eddie Stobart E Fulfilment EBF Stallions Maiden Stakes at Newmarket. She was a little disappointing at Thirsk last time but she's the sort who will improve. She needs racing and would look to have a solid chance here.

We're responsible for two of the four runners in the Fly Easyjet From London Southend Airport Nursery but could still be up against it as I'm led to believe the top horse, Rodaini, is very good.

He certainly holds some big entries but my pair are both very nice too. Andok did well to win at Redcar first time and will progress further. We do like him.

Clef is an absolute star. She's so tough and genuine. She was impressive here the last day and we're taking five pounds off with Callum Shepherd to try and help her out. She'll always give her best and you'd never draw a line through her.

We're also double handed in the Eddie Stobart Industrial Sector Handicap. Drifting Spirit had a few problems with her sinuses earlier in the year but is fine now and we need to get her racing. She's a course and distance winner which always helps and is in good order again now.

I haven't been able to find a race for Penwortham for weeks. I've been looking for a seven furlong handicap around a bend with him and he keeps getting balloted out. He's in great form at home and the ground will be fine for him so he could go well too.

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Just about everything that was in the Fly Stobart Air Handicap at the six-day stage has turned up. We run Masterpaver who has been in fantastic form all year. He ran a cracker when second at Ascot last time and must have a good chance in a competitive race.

We've two runners again in the Stobart Club And Shop Hopeful Stakes and I'd love to get some Black Type here with Mayfair Lady. She's a filly we're very sweet on, she tries very hard, and on ratings she'd have a small chance of picking some up. I hope she does.

We also run Eastern Impact and on the figures he should finish in front of the filly. He's in good order, ran well in Ireland last time and loves the track here. He's definitely one for the shortlist.

Belle Meade is another we're trying to pick some Black Type up with in the Prestige Stakes at Goodwood. She's got to step up on what she's done so far but is open to improvement.

We run four in the Goodwood Revival Stakes.

I'd love some rain for Withernsea who has been ruining well on quicker ground this year but is best with a little give underfoot. The owners are keen to have a go at this £100,000 pot and I can see why.

I argued with the handicapper that Heaven's Guest wouldn't win a race this season and sadly so far I've been proved right. He's run some good races though and while he's as high as you'd like him to be, we'll take our chance.

Nuno Tristan is in good order for all he was a little disappointing at Ripon last time. He'd have a chance of bouncing back here but is drawn wider than I'd have liked in 15 which makes it difficult.

In contrast Farlow has a good slot in two but he is another who I feel is badly handicapped. The handicapper disagrees and I hope he's right. He'd also benefit from any rain.

Dawn Mirage is a horse who likes to go forward so stall nine wouldn't be ideal in the Whiteley Clinic Stakes. That said he still has a chance as track, trip and fast ground all look ideal for him.

Moving onto Beverley and Show Me The Music is first up in the Going For Gold EBF Maiden Fillies' Stakes. She's a filly who will progress and we were pleased with her first run at Doncaster where she was dropped in having been drawn out on the wing. She's fared better on that front here and will improve. We like our filly for all Richard Hannon's runner, Peak Princess, might take a bit of beating.

It looks a strong renewal of the totescoop6 Beverley Bullet Sprint Stakes and we run Mr Lupton. He was a little disappointing at Newbury last time but we've given him a break and are very happy with him at home. We're back to five furlongs here and I hope they go very quick up front as my lad will be trying to pick them up late.

One Boy has the coffin box of 11 for division one of the Handicap although if the rain comes it might not end up being that bad. He'll need plenty of luck but isn't out of it.

I'd love some rain for Dolphin Vista in the totepool Live Info Download The App Handicap. He's disappointed a couple of times on fast ground and while this is competitive, he goes there in great form.

Normandy Knight won at Redcar the other day and I hope he gained some confidence from it. Any one of four or five could win the totepool Follow Us On Twitter Handicap and I hope my fellow is one of them.

Masamah is about the same age as myself and has been a little disappointing. We haven't had him that long though and try again in division two of the Handicap. We're happy enough with him at home.

Ingleby Spring is very tough and genuine. The trip and ground are right in the Charlotte And Danny Got Married Apprentice Handicap and it's just a question of whether he's good enough to give weight all round.

Our final runners are at Redcar.

Bahamian C is what he is but has got himself well handicapped and Emily Bullock is a good rider so he has a chance in the Handicap.

Right Action has run well twice – and disappointed twice – in his four-race career. On his best form he'd have a big chance in the Bakers Tailoring And Formal Hire Maiden Auction Stakes and I hope he brings his A-game with him.

Honourable is a lovely filly and we do like her. She's not going to be a star but she has a great attitude and ran well to be second at Ayr last time. Unless there's something lurking among the newcomers she looks set to take a bit of beating in the Market Cross Jewellers Novice Median Auction Stakes.

Finally Desire runs in the Racing UK HD On Sky432 Handicap. She's been a disappointing filly who shows more at home than we see on the track. We tried her in blinkers but they didn't make much difference so we've removed the headgear here and hope she bounces back.

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