Richard Fahey: Ready For Crucial Week
Richard Fahey: Ready For Crucial Week
Sporting Life


Dante week is a huge one for our yard, we’ve a number of runners and let’s hope there’s a few winners among them!

We warmed up with a good week at Chester. It may sound strange but I thought we could have had another winner or two although that’s being greedy. It was great to win a Group Three at any meeting and of course to come out of it with an Investec Derby colt in Mickdaam is very exciting!

Here are my thoughts on the team for the first two days of the Dante Festival:

Area Fifty One runs in the Infinity Tyres Handicap at 1330. He’s a lovely horse but I’m a little worried as all his best form is on quicker ground than this. He’s been gelded and is a little stuffy but he needs to be running and while we do like him, the going is my concern. He’s very well in himself though and it’s time to get him out.

We run three in the William Birch & Sons Construction Handicap. Kaldoun Kingdom always runs well at York and loves the track there while Coolminx and Valery Borzov will both relish the ground. It’s a typical sprint handicap and there won’t be much between my trio but I have a sneaky feeling that Kaldoun could be the one each-way in a very open race.

Mayson has had a very good preparation for the Duke Of York totepool Stakes and that’s always very important with these sprinters. He’s won his last two so is turning up there in tip-top shape, he needs to find a bit more improvement to win this but we’ll see if he can make it.

It looks a red-hot race as you’d expect. The Cheka beat us at Doncaster first-time-out so you have to respect him and Hoof It and Society Rock are proven at Group One level. We’ll have to see what happens but I’m delighted with my fellow going into the race.

Mica Mika was one of our Chester winners and he’s turned out quickly in the Constant Securities Handicap. The handicapper shoved him up eight pounds for the last win which I thought was a bit steep but he’ll love the ground, love the trip and is clearly in good order. You just take it on trust that he’s okay after his exertions the other day but he seems fine and we’re claiming five pounds off which will help.

Tatilsu is a nice two-year-old we run in the’E.B.F. Novice Stakes. He’s just grown and I’m a bit worried he’s just gone a little on the leg but he did well to win first-time-out and he’s improved for that experience. He could be a nice horse, it will take a decent one to beat him, and he’s entitled to be favourite. He’d have a big chance and I’ll make him my £50 Sky Bet charity bet.

Finally on Wednesday Baccarat is a colt I like a lot and he reappears in the McArthurglen’s York Designer Outlet Handicap. I just hope he has enough experience to sort himself out in a very competitive race. I do like him a lot though and I hope he runs a very big race.

Moving onto Thursday and we have two runners in the Betfred Mobile Sports Handicap. The more rain we get the better for both of them and El Viento ran a blinder first-time-out. We were delighted with him. He drops back in trip here as the owners have two similar types in other races here and we wanted to keep them apart; I’m a little worried about that. Irish Heartbeat will need a bit of luck but they all do in these races. There’s not much between my two and I wouldn’t like to pick between them.

We’re also double-handed in the Betfred Middleton Stakes. Barefoot Lady was a bit disappointing at Goodwood first-time-out in very soft ground. She likes York which is a plus but this looks a very hot race. She’d have to be at her very best to beat these but she’s very tough and hardy and I’d be delighted if she was placed.

Myplacelater ran a huge race at Chester last week and the softer the ground the better for her. We’re running her back quickly here and again if she was placed I’d be very pleased.

Another race in which we have two runners is the Betfred Hambleton Stakes. Justonefortheroad has been in tip-top form this year. If you’d asked’me at the start of the campaign if he could win off 99 I’d have probably said no but he’s won here before and is in good order. He has a good draw which is a big advantage too.

I’m a tad worried about the ground for Common Touch and he could just be a touch fresh on his reappearance. If I had to pick between the two of mine it would be Justonefortheroad on this ground but it’s a very hot race.

Finally Bispham Green goes in the Stratford Place Stud For International Group 1 Winners’E.B.F. Maiden Stakes. I thought he’d run a bit better than he did on his Doncaster debut so we’ve having another go and seeing what happens. I do like the horse but was disappointed by his debut so he needs to show more here.

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