Richard Fahey: Saturday team
Which of his Saturday team does Richard Fahey think the bookies may have underestimated? The trainer talks us through his runners in his exclusive guide.
Queen Kindly and Jamie Spencer pictured after winning the Sky Bet Lowther Stakes at York – can she conquer Lady Aurelia?
Like everyone else, I was amazingly impressed with Lady Aurelia at Royal Ascot. How could you not be? Like everyone else, I was a bit less impressed with her at Deauville afterwards.
It's going to be interesting as we take her on with Queen Kindly in the Connolly's Red Mills Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket. I don't think there is a lot between us and Aidan's filly Roly Poly. Lady Aurelia must be very good and we clearly have plenty on our plate but I'm pleased with our filly and she has done everything right since the Lowther.
This has been the plan since York – most Lowther winners end up here because there isn't really anywhere else to go. Is she good enough to win? I don't know, but she is very easy to train, and I promise you that she's going there in good old form. I'm very happy.
It should be a good day at Newmarket as we also have Third Time Lucky trying to win the Betfred Cambridgeshire for the second year running.
Even with a couple of notable non-runners, it looks as tough a race as any, and it hasn't been an easy season for the horse as we've been battling a couple of niggly problems with him.
That said, his last run at York was his best effort of the year, we've got Adam McNamara on board to take a bit of extra weight off him and at home I'm as pleased now as I have been at any stage before this season.
The main thing is the ground. A drop of rain would be a big help.
Some rain would also help my other two runners, Gabrials Kaka and Dolphin Vista. 'Kaka' is what he is. On his best form, he'd have a squeak, but he'd need everything to fall right for him.
Dolphin Vista is the one I think looks a massive price. I thought he did really well to win at Beverley last time. He stuck his head out really bravely to beat a nice horse of Sir Michael Stoute's.
He doesn't like really firm ground but if it's good that will be fine and with Paul Hanagan on board, I'm just surprised the bookmakers seem to be taking a bit of a chance with him. We'll see if they're right.
You don't go down to Newmarket expecting to win races, but I'm hopeful my two in the British Stallion Studs EBF Jersey Lily Fillies' Nursery won't be disgraced.
We know where we are with Clef. The trip and ground will suit. She's creeping up the weights, but she's hardy and has won three out of her six races, which is a good return.
Lady In Question hasn't won since her debut but I liked the way she ran in the sales race at the Curragh last time. That was back at six furlongs and she was coming home well so returning to seven should suit. She was quite weak at first but she's getting stronger all the time and should go well.
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Aimez La Ville is the first of our Chester runners in the CorbettSports Maiden Fillies' Stakes and if she hadn't had the coffin draw – widest of all in 10 – I'd have given her a big chance.
I'm not saying she can't win now, but it won't make it any easier. Chester ought to really suit her. We'll just have to see how the race shapes up for her.
Can Megan Lily win the Golden Square Shopping Centre Nursery? I wouldn't say no. That was a solid run last time in Listed company and although this is competitive, she's in good form and has a reasonable draw. We're happy with her.
Gabrial The Tiger has had a great season. Can he win the Innospec Handicap off 88? Probably not, I'd have to say, but he loves the course and has a nice draw in two if things go to plan for him – he didn't have much of a chance from stall 10 last time.
We've two for Marwan Koukash in the six-furlong Boodles Handicap. Masamah missed the beat by a half-stride last time, got squeezed up, dropped himself out, sulked a bit and then consented to run on in the straight when the race was over. Is he better at five or six? I'm not sure, but he's in good form and the handicapper has given him a chance.
Ballesteros was second off this mark over course and distance earlier in the season and he's another who seems in good form. Some give in the ground would be ideal.
We're still trying to get a win out of Monaco Rose, but she stays well and ought to run her race again. She has kept improving this season and I can see her running well.
Energia Fox doesn't find winning easy but she's running well and ought to have a shout in the Wingate Signs supports superjosh Handicap, the opener at Haydock.
We've got two in the six-furlong handicap – Powerallied and Arctic Feeling. Powerallied had no chance from the draw at Chester last time, which was a shame because he loves the place. I think this could be a tough ask off the mark he has got now.
Arctic Feeling is a funny one because having shown very little at times this season, I actually thought he ran a very nice race at Ayr the other day when he had no chance from the draw. The handicapper has tried to give him a chance and although I wouldn't want to set my clock by him, I could see him running a big race if they go off hard and he's able to keep up.
Two of our old favourites run in the closing race over a mile and six. Angel Gabrial has been eased a fraction in the weights but I think he's going to need a little more help. Gabrial's King is in fair form at the moment, although whether he wants to win again is probably down to him now. This does look competitive.
On a busy Saturday like this, it's good to have a number of jockeys that you can turn to and George Chaloner is off to Ripon for me.
His first ride is Honourable in the Lloyd Land Rover Ripon Nursery and she is a filly we like. Things didn't go quite right at Redcar last time but she is getting better all the time and off this mark I'd like to think she has a chance of winning this.
Mayfair Lady and Steve Prescott run in the Ripon Cathedral City Of The Dales Handicap. I'm not quite sure what we're supposed to do with a filly like Mayfair Lady. We've been trying to get some black type for her and it hasn't worked but she's run her best races in handicaps so we're reverting now. Off a mark of 103 it's a massive ask for her, especially with a big weight as she is not a big filly, but we're banging our heads against the wall in better races and she may have a better chance here, especially as I like her draw.
Steve Prescott has been off for a while with a few problems. He's actually going quite nicely, but I suspect he might just be a bit too rusty for this.
We're also double-handed in the five-furlong Noel Hetherton Handicap. If Paddy Power could run as well as he works, we'd be laughing. He just keeps being a huge disappointment on the track but I'd love it if he could prove me wrong. Lexi's Hero could also run well if he fancies it and he's eased a little in the weights.
Last but not least at Ripon is Modernism in the Theakston Legendary Ales Handicap over a mile and a half. He's having an okay season, but like a few of Marwan's is suffering a bit from winning last year and the handicapper is reluctant to drop them while they're still running okay. I thought he ran a decent race at Haydock last time and this is the sort of race which he could win if things go right for him but it's not as if we've got any secrets up our sleeve.
Then we've also got a big team going up to Hamilton for the twilight meeting there. The prize money is really decent so it's no surprise that the racing is competitive.
Royal Connoisseur has gone back up in the weights but Natalie Hambling takes off 7lb and if there is some juice in the ground, he should go well.
We had to go down to selling grade to get Flowing Clarets winning again last time and the £20,000 fillies' handicap she's in is clearly much tougher, but getting her head in front ought not to have done her confidence any harm and she could pick up a bit of prize money.
I thought the races there looked tough though – which I suppose is what you would expect when you put on fair prize money for these horses. There are no easy winners!
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