Richard Fahey: Ladys Can Be First
Richard Fahey: Ladys Can Be First
Sporting Life

Lily's Angel

Mark Johnston’s horse Bailey’s Jubilee will take a lot of beating in the Langleys Solicitors LLP’E.B.F. Marygate Fillies’ Stakes at York on Friday. She’s one of the best two-year-olds we’ve seen this year.

However, we take her on with Ingleby Flyer and Woodland Mill. Any further rain wouldn’t help Woodland but Ingleby has improved a lot from her Beverley maiden win. To be fair she needs to and if either was placed I’d be delighted.

We’ve also got two runners in the Sportingbet Jorvik Handicap. Bridle Belle ran really well at Newmarket last time but just got messed around and found herself in the wrong place. It’s the sort of race I want her in, carrying a low weight in a better race. She has a nice racing weight here and just needs a bit of luck.

High Office is having his first run of the year. We tried him jumping and he didn’t like it. I like where they are in the race but it’s a tough contest.

Glen’s Diamond needs to bounce back in the sportingbet Yorkshire Cup because I was very disappointed with him at Chester last week. He’d been working with a bit more spark and a bit more speed before that so I dropped him back in trip and that didn’t suit him at all. It’s a very tough race. If he finished in the first four I’d be delighted but at the moment we’re just in no man’s land with him. We need him to run a race and I always felt he’d make a good staying horse. There’s plenty of pace in there, he should settle, but I need to see more from him here.

Lily’s Angel came out of the QIPCO 1000 Guineas fantastically well and is in great order going into the EquinITy Powered By Garmin Fillies’ Stakes. She’s got to give three pounds to her rivals and if there’s an improving one in there that will be tough but strictly on form she’s the one to beat. She’s in great, great form.

We’ve two in the Handicap. Pleasant Day ran well at Newmarket but is drawn wider than I’d like. We’re taking seven pounds off to give him a chance and he won’t mind the track or the ground.

The Mellor Fella is stepping up in trip and we hope that helps him. Paul feels he wants it now but this is another very open race and we’ll see what happens.

Blades Lad won a maiden at Ripon on his reappearance but looks to have plenty of weight in the sportingbet Handicap. He’s a little vulnerable off a rating of 77 but he’s very well and we think he’s going to stay well too. If some of these potential improvers don’t step forward as anticipated he’ll be knocking on the door as he tries very hard.

Moving on to Saturday and Smallbrook Lane is our first runner in the British Stallion Studs Supporting British Racing’E.B.F. Maiden Fillies’ Stakes at Thirsk. She’s very fit and very well. I wouldn’t say she’s top of the pecking order at home but she knows her job and won’t come on for the run. I hope she runs well for her owners.

The Sprint Trophy at Newmarket is a very open race. Kimbali ran well at Chester and while he looked like maybe he wants to go seven furlongs, Marwan (Koukash) wanted to come here and we’ll have a punt.

All season I’ve been preaching that Alejandro is badly handicapped and I think that’s still the case but we’ll see what happens.

Marine Commando goes to Thirsk for the Market Cross Jewellers Handicap. He’s not badly drawn but needs to jump out the stalls. He’s got into the bad habit of missing the kick and not getting into the race. We’re happy with him though and we’re going to put a rug on him for loading here and hopefully that will help him. He needs to jump on terms, if he doesn’t he can’t win anything.

Arctic Feeling ran a good race at Chester and returns to action in the Yorkshire Outdoors Adventure Experiences Handicap also at Thirsk. He was badly drawn the last day and was stuck on the outside and he has a chance here.

What About You also runs but is just about the most disappointing horse we’ve had. He works real well, works with all the top sprinters and goes nicely with them too. He’s been freshened up, given plenty of time to get over any issues he has so I hope to see more. I wouldn’t like to split my pair.

Over at Doncaster Monkey Bar Flies makes his debut in the Welcome Home Barney Maiden Auction Stakes. He goes well and I like him a lot but he’s a very timid and nervous horse and I hope the occasion doesn’t get to him. He could just run very green for one of ours on debut but if the penny drops he’d run a decent race.

Pontoon is a long-term project and has had issues on and off. He runs in the Kat Communications Knowledge About Telecoms Median Auction Maiden Stakes. He wouldn’t win a maiden but needs another run to get a handicap mark and we’ll go from there.

I like Ladys First a lot and she reappears in the Frenchgate First For Fashion Handicap. I hope she runs a big race because she’s the sort of filly we’d like to run in the Sandringham at Royal Ascot. She needs to go up in the handicap to get in that, she’s rated 89 and that’s a 96-110. She’s fit and very well and I’m hoping she runs a very big race for the owner. I’ll make her my latest charity bet – courtesy of Sky Bet – £25 each-way.

Finally Mr Optimistic is drawn 14 for the Handicap. He’s slowly coming down the handicap having paid the penalty for winning four last year. It’s a typical sprint and you’ll need a lot of luck but he is getting back down towards a rating from which he can be competitive. I’d be a little surprised if was able to win today but we’ll see.

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