RICHARD FAHEY: MY DOUBLE CHANCE

Richard Fahey: My Double Chance
Richard Fahey: My Double Chance
Sporting Life

Brae Hill

It’s been hard work on the ground at Chester this week but I was thrilled to win the Vase with Mickdaam on Thursday. I thought he handled the conditions very well. He’d only been back 12 days when he ran at Newmarket last month, so he was entitled to come on for that.

It’s fantastic that he’s heading to the Investec Derby at Epsom and so is his trainer!

Here are my thoughts on my weekend team:

Kyllachy Star loves Chester and he’s been aimed at the Fat Gary Sports Earl Grosvenor Handicap all season. He ran a good race first time, won’t mind the ground and I just hope they go a good gallop. If they do he’ll run a big race.

She’s A Character runs in the same race but her best form is at Doncaster on a straight track. The owners are from Chester and they have other runners there so it’s great she’s running too. To be fair if they go flat out and she gets herself organised she could run a big race but of my pair I’d have to go for Kyllachy around there.

Viva Ronaldo runs for the same owner as She’s A Character and he goes in the Edge Worldwide Handicap. He likes the track but I’m just a bit worried about the ground, he’s never run on a surface as soft as this, but he does have a good draw.

We’ve got Tamareen ready for this race for Marwan Koukash and there’s not a lot between the two of them but the ground will be the key factor.

Lady Loch is our runner in the highstreetvouchers.com Maiden Fillies’ Stakes. She was second to Moonstone Magic on soft ground at Leicester last time and this could be a chance to get her head in front. She’s in great order, gets the trip well, won’t mind the ground so I’m hoping she runs well.

Mica Mika is our final runner at Chester in the Gravity Global Investments Handicap. He’ll love the ground, there are no issues there, he’s very fit and very well and has form at the track too. He’s another who could run very well but the extreme conditions just temper enthusiasm a little. This fellow should cope with them though.

Moving on to Saturday and Euxton Hall goes well at home ahead of his racecourse debut in the Buckley’s Silver Wedding Anniversary Maiden Stakes at Haydock. A first-time-out two-year-old on soft ground is always a worry but we think he’ll handle it. He’s a horse we like and should run a nice race.

In contrast I’d be worried about the ground for Majestic Myles in the Network Group Spring Trophy. His best form is on a lively surface but there’s nowhere else to run and he’s ready for a race. We’ve never tried him on this testing ground and perhaps he will handle it but it has to be a worry.

Bountiful Girl was going to run at Ascot but it’s very heavy down there and I didn’t want to rip the guts out of her. Instead she’ll run in the Pertemps Handicap at Haydock. It’s going to be on the easy side there but she’ll handle that – I just didn’t want to run her on desperate ground. She needs to improve on what she did the last day but she did run okay to be fair to her.

Mica Mika has been left in the Network Sales And Marketing Handicap but just as a precaution in case Chester was abandoned. The plan is to run there on the Friday but you have to cover every corner when the weather is like this.

Over at Nottingham Colbyor runs in the Box Clever Display Median Auction Maiden Stakes. He’ll handle the ground but his form is there for all to see and that’s how good he is. I can’t say he’s got ten pounds in hand but it’s a winnable race for a 69-rated horse. He gets the trip well and while I’m more hopeful than confident, it could be a good opportunity for a genuine little horse.

Halla San can’t win and keeps finishing second but we’ll try again in the Weatherbys Bloodstock Insurance Handicap. He has a big weight but will handle the ground and deserves to win a race after running so consistently well. It’s only a small field but looks competitive enough.

Sioux Rising has been covered but is yet to be scanned in foal to Royal Applause. We’re trying to get a bit of black type for her in the Weatherbys Bloodstock Insurance Kilvington Fillies’ Stakes. She’s rated 97 and deserves to be in races like this – we’ll run in all the listed races now and try to hit the frame somewhere.

Double Cee returns to action in the Petra’s Hen Party Handicap. He’s been a very disappointing horse and the original owner sold him and I bought him back. I know he can gallop. I wanted to geld him, the owner wasn’t keen, but I’ve done that now and he’d be very well handicapped on his homework. If he runs as he works at home he’d be a certaintity and while he hasn’t yet, I’ll give him another chance and make him my Sky Bet charity bet for the weekend. £25 each-way.

Brae Hill is our only runner at Ascot in the Betfred Victoria Cup. He’s been kept for this since winning the Lincoln but is trying to win off a lifetime high mark. I think he’ll handle the ground and he stays further which will help in the conditions but it’s a wide-open race. He has a chance.

Finally Pinot makes a belated racecourse debut in the ABF The Soldiers’ Charity Maiden Stakes at Thirsk. He’s been a backward horse, never ran as a two-year-old, and he should come a lot for this experience.

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