Richard Fahey: Big Guns Primed
Richard Fahey: Big Guns Primed
By Richard Fahey

Lily's Angel

All eyes are on Camelot in the QIPCO 2000 Guineas and I can’t wait to see him in action again. He’s a proper horse. He faces a big field, they’re all in there and a host of runners come to Newmarket with promising profiles – but none bigger than Camleot.

It’s probably asking too much to have another superstar so soon after Sea The Stars and Frankel but I really think this horse is the real deal. The ground will be on the easy side but he’ll handle it and I expect him to win the first Classic.

It’s a busy weekend for my team too and here are my thoughts on their chances.

Las Verglas Star runs in the Makfi Suffolk Stakes at Newmarket but he was disappointing on his reappearance. We don’t really know why and while he’ll love the ground and is in good order, we’re on a fact-finding mission after that first run. We’ve just not been able to explain it.

We also run Pleasant Day in the same race. It’s his first run of the year and he’s very fit. He’ll do very well to win this but is turning up in good order and he’d have a place chance.

Henry Bee is our runner in the Free Racing Post Form At Classified Stakes at Thirsk. He seemed to handle the softish ground the other day there. He has an each-way chance but I’ve been struggling to win with him. He has a few pounds to find with one or two of his rivals but hopefully this could be an opportunity for him.

Mayson returns to Newmarket for the Pearl Bloodstock Palace House Stakes having won the Abernant Stakes there at the last meeting. I’m a little perturbed about his draw of two, it’s a typical sprint but I’m a little worried they could come up against the stands’ rail and leave us isolated but we won’t make excuses yet.

Inxile has plenty of early speed and he’s drawn near us which will help. It would be nice to get a nice tow into the race and the horse is in good order and won’t mind the ground. We’ll have to see what happens.

Sabore is up at Thirsk for the Read Latest totescoop6 News At Maiden Stakes but she’s more of a long-term prospect. She’s by Orientor and the owners bred her but she took a while to come together and it’s nice to get another run into her. I’d be surprised if she could win.

Barefoot Lady returns to action in the Mobile Casino British Stallion Studs’E.B.F. Conqueror Stakes at Goodwood and this looks a good opportunity for her. She gets in without her Group Three penalty for last year and she has the Hannon filly (Esentepe) to beat and it looks like a match between the two of us. Put it this way she’ll know she’s had a race if she beats us and I think Barefoot Lady will run very well.

I have two in the Al Rayan Handicap at Newmarket. Alejandro ran a lot better than I thought he would off 94 on his reappearance as I thought the handicapper had him nailed, which he did as he finished fifth and that’s as good as he is. We’ll run again and see what happens and he’s a very genuine and tough horse. Laura Barry rides once more.

I’m going totally against the grain by running Personal Touch from out of the handicap. He’s a good little horse and ran a blinder first-time-out and we thought we’d come here for a £20,000 race rather than run off his proper mark for £6,000. He’s a horse we like and he could run a big race.

Extraterrestrial absolutely loves it around Thirsk so the Thirsk Hunt Cup has always been the plan for him. He’s drawn a little higher than I’d like but he ran respectably on his reappearance and if things drop right he’ll run a very big race.

I’ve been a little disappointed with Kay Gee Bee this season but he runs in the same race. He was a bit flat at Doncaster first time but was better at Wolverhampton the last day. If I had to pick between the two I’d prefer Extraterrestrial. He’ll love the ground while it could be a problem for the other horse.

King Of The Night has his first start for the stable in division two of the Bet totepool Text tote To 89660 Maiden Stakes. He’s joined us from Paul Nicholls’ yard after they decided to try him on the Flat and we’re delighted to get him.

He has a very high rating over jumps and travelled well through his races. He was very fit when he joined us so all I’ve been doing is keeping him ticking over. He’s been with us for 10 or 11 days and it’s a watching brief to see how he goes on. Yazdi of Brian Meehan’s looks like he could be alright but if he bombs out my fellow could pick up the pieces judged on how he travels through his jump races.

Over at Doncaster Calaf runs in the Apprentice Handicap. He’d be a tough enough ride for an apprentice but I just hope they go a good gallop and he settles. If he does, he likes the track and we’d be hopeful of him as he handles the ground. The key is he needs to settle.

Bispham Green makes his debut in the Polypipe Maiden Stakes and he’s a horse we like. He was bred by owner David Armstrong and is a nice son of Green Desert. He has a decent enough draw and while it’s a warm little race and he’d have to be above average to win it, we do like him.

Marine Commando is top weight in the Handicap. He’s finding it tough as the handicapper has him to a tee. He’s been well beaten in his last two starts and yet has only been dropped two pounds. I don’t understand it but if you don’t run them, their mark won’t come down. He loves the ground and is fit and well but he’s just not competitive at the moment.

Johannes runs in the same race but is getting a bit old and maybe needs to be in 0-85 races now. Like Marine Commando, the handicapper just has him too but both are doing their best and we’ll see what happens.

On Sunday Bridle Bell goes down to Newmarket for the QIPCO Supporting British Racing Handicap. She’ll love the ground and she’s only a little filly so carrying a lower weight in a better race will suit her.

We’re having a punt at the QIPCO 1000 Guineas with Lily’s Angel. We’ll see what happens and it all depends on the ground but we were happy with her the other day and I felt if we’d raced where the winner did we’d have won the Nell Gwyn. She had a good blow afterwards having taken ages to come to herself this year, I’d been a bit easier on her as a result. That run has brought her on a couple of lengths at least but whether that’s good enough, we’ll see on Sunday.

I have three runners in the Qatar Racing Handicap. It’s a valuable pot and they all deserve to take their chance.

We still feel there’s untapped ability there with Alben Star but I would be worried if the ground got very heavy. Paul rides him. Irish Heartbeat will love the ground and is in good order and those comments also apply to Valery Borzov. It’s good to have three runners in it and while the draw is always an important factor, if I had to pick one of mine it would be Alben Star at this stage.

Sparkling Portrait is a horse we like an awful lot. Tony Hamilton said he hated the ground at Beverley first time and he still won and he could be a talented horse in handicaps this season. He’s in the last race, the Al Rayan Handicap but he has other options coming up too. At the time of writing he isn’t certain to run.

As for the charity bet? Well I’m struggling to get it right so I’m going for an away win this week with Camelot in the QIPCO 2000 Guineas.

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