Fahey: Mickdaam Has Each-way Shout
Fahey: Mickdaam Has Each-way Shout
By Richard Fahey


Mickdaam goes in the Investec Derby for’me at Epsom on Saturday and he’s my first runner in the great race, it doesn’t get more exciting than this.

He had a little setback, an infection in his hock, but he’s cantered for 11 days now and he’s fine. He’s hardly missed anything so it’s been a pretty straightforward preparation and he’s grand, we’re happy with him.

As for his chances, well, he’s 33-1 and he’s got to step up on what he’s done but he’ll get the trip and he tries, which always gives you a chance.

Do I think he’s good enough to win it? Probably not. But you never know, you should never be scared of one horse.

That one horse, of course, is Camelot. He looks exceptional. He did well to win the Guineas and he should win the Derby. But you never know.

Our fellow won well at Chester, Tony Hamilton thought he hit the front and pulled up a bit and in an ideal world I’d have preferred it if they’d gone a bit quicker.

They will be very different ground conditions at Epsom on Saturday to those that he encountered at a rain-sodden Chester but I think he’ll love it. He’s such a good-moving horse I think it will suit him well.

So, all-in-all I’d say he definitely has an each-way chance as he’s guaranteed to stay, guaranteed to like the ground and he’s such a well-balanced horse I imagine he’ll handle the idiosyncrasies of Epsom too.

It’s fantastic just to have a Derby runner and I hope he runs well.

I have five other horses representing’me at Epsom with Blades Lad going in the Diamond Jubilee Handicap.

He just ran terrible at York last time when he hung like mad but he probably didn’t get the trip that day and he’s come back fine.

He’ll need a bit of luck from his draw but he’s got a flyweight on his back and if he finished placed I’d be delighted.

Euxton Hall goes for the Investec Woodcote Stakes and I presume he’s the one they’ve all got to beat, I just hope he handles the track. You don’t know until you try and run there but we feel that he’ll handle it well. He was very impressive first time out and the second has won by six lengths at Windsor since.

He did everything really professionally first time but a run always does them good and he’ll improve plenty for that. I’m happy with him. He’s a cracking horse.

We’ve got two good draws in the Investec Specialist Bank ‘Dash’ with Arctic Feeling in 17 and Jamesway next door in 18, it’s good to be drawn high in this race.

It’s just whether they can hold their position early on – that will dictate how well they will run. You need a lot of luck in this contest, it’s not a race I would like to ride in myself!

Jamesway ran a good, solid race first time he just can hang a little bit right-handed so at least he hasn’t got far to go to the rail.

If Arctic Feeling can hit the lids he could run a big race too. I just hope the pair of them are quick enough to take advantage of their draws.

Baldemar loves Epsom, it’s the only place he can win at and the owners are very keen to go down for the Investec Out Of The Ordinary Handicap.

I’m a little bit worried the ground might be a bit too quick for him, but we’re happy enough with him. On his best form he could run well but the main thing in his favour is the course. He loves it.

Up at Haydock I’ve six runners starting with Badea in the Blue Square Maiden Stakes.

This horse was very disappointing from a flip-start at Chester, he just never went a gallop. He was the only horse’Dr Koukash has with’me that ran poorly at the meeting.

He needs to bounce back to his best to have a chance and we’re happy with him at home but he is coming off a really bad run.

Halla San isn’t getting any younger but he’ll love the trip and he’ll like the ground in the Bet At bluesquare.com Handicap.

I’d love him to win a race as he hasn’t won on the Flat for nearly three years but he’s been running okay. Sometimes he can bomb out and run a bad race like he did last time but he could bounce back here and he has a small place chance.

Majestic Myles runs in the Timeform Jury Stakes and it’s a tough little race with Red Jazz, who beat him last time, running again.

He’ll come on for that run, though, we thought he’d need it and he ran a bit fresh so he has a chance of reversing the form. He has a good-each-way shout and if all drops well he could get his head in front.

The trip and ground will suit, he ticks all the boxes but it is a competitive little race.

I’d like some rain for Myplacelater in the Grosvenor Casino Pinnacle Stakes.

Dr Koukash was keen to run her and on her best form she’d have a chance but if it doesn’t rain she won’t run.

Kimbali will run for the Doctor in the Grosvenor G Casino Handicap.

Seven furlongs is probably his best trip, he ran okay at Chester but was a bit disappointing at Newmarket the other day. He’s in good order and I’m happy with him but the trip does concern’me a little.

Finally, I’ve three running for’me up at Musselburgh.

Tatlisu needs to put his York run behind him in the toteplacepot Edinburgh Castle Conditions Stakes.

Paul Hanagan thinks he hit the side of the stalls last time and he’s quite a smart early season two-year-old who I like a lot.

I’d like to see him bounce back and win and then we could maybe make plans to go to Ascot. He’s got to win though for that to happen. If he jumps out and races properly he has a big chance.

So does Sparkling Portrait in the valuable totepool.com Edinburgh Cup Handicap. He’s a horse I love and he’s improving the whole time.

He’s got top weight here but he’s very talented and I think he’s a proper horse in the making. I’m expecting him to run a very big race.

I’d say he could win over any trip and he’s capable of giving the weight away. He’s not a horse that would ever win extravagantly and win by big distances as he’s big and raw and backward but I love this guy.

I’d love to see him win as after that he would probably end up a Pattern horse but we’ll see. He hasn’t done a hard day’s work yet, he’s only learning his trade.

I was thinking of saving him for Newmarket or Goodwood later in the summer but he’s in very good order, this is very good prizemoney and we’re keen to run him.

He’s talented, could be anything and he’s my charity bet this week.

Munsarim runs in the Queen’s Jubilee totequickpick Handicap and he works as though he would win a handicap off his current rating so we thought we’d give it a punt and see what happens.

We claimed him, he made the running on his debut for us the other day and at one stage I thought he would win at Kempton before he finished tamely.

We’ll drop him in this time and with his tendency to go right we’re on the right track.

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