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RICHARD FAHEY: CASH TO BE KING OF YORK

Richard Fahey: Cash To Be King Of York
Richard Fahey: Cash To Be King Of York
By Richard Fahey

Lily's Angel

Ascot team taking shape

I'm really looking forward to Royal Ascot, preparations are going well and I'm just hoping a couple of them creep in at the bottom of the handicaps.

Baccarat and Lady's First would be two I'd be keen on down there but if the ground turns out to be desperate it could change a few plans.

Still, we've got the biggest team we've ever sent down there and we've got some small chances as well so it's very exciting.

We've supplemented Gabrial for the'St James's Palace and though it's always a big call to supplement any horse we feel he could be up to that standard.

He travelled so well at Haydock and came out of it like he hadn't had a race. His work has been good since and I'm very happy with him.

Fair play to his owner, Dr. Marwan Koukash. He's having a punt and I couldn't put him off it. Jamie Spencer said he'd definitely be placed in the'St James's Palace Stakes when he came off him at Haydock so we'll hold him to that!

Saturday team: York

I was trying to get all of the girls a ride in the Queen Mother's Cup (Lady Amateur Riders' Handicap) at York. We've got three amateur girls in the yard and I'm not bothered which one wins, they'll win their weight in champagne, that's why the biggest one is on the best horse!

If I had to pick one Lexington Bay would probably be the best of the three. Antigua Sunrise ran a lot better the other day but she's got a very wide draw and Halla San will give Katie Mabon a nice spin. I've been trying for years to win this race but it's a tough one to win.

The owner of Extraterrestrial has got three runners on the day and he's one of them in the ladbrokes.com Handicap. The horse is in good order, he ran a good race at Ripon the other day and won't mind the ground. He's getting a bit long in the tooth but he's still competitive. I would be a little bit surprised, though, were he to win a good York handicap at his age but you never know.

Area Fifty One also runs there but is becoming frustrating. I want some decent ground for him and he's quite a stocky horse that needs racing, he works a lot at home. I've been led to believe he doesn't like soft ground but I'm going to find out for myself. If he acts on it he'll run a big race, but I'm very worried about it.

We're back sprinting with Lily's Angel in the Bond Tyres Trophy and she's a very versatile filly. Do I think she'd win a handicap off 98? Probably not. Laura Barry who rides her every day rides her here and claims seven off so we're giving her every chance. She won't mind the bit of rain and she's very tough. You could never say never with her but I imagine there will be some better handicapped horses in the race.

Aquarian Spirit was a little bit unlucky the other day and should've finished a lot closer but got knocked about two or three times in the race. He's got to step up in the Richard Howard-Vyse Memorial Handicap but he likes the track and he'd have a small chance.

I run Cash Is King, Unsinkable and Orions Hero in the Reg Griffin Appreciation'E.B.F. Maiden Stakes They are three real nice colts, I like them all, but I couldn't tell you which one will run in front of which! It's getting to the stage where I've got to run my two-year-olds and they are big, nice horses that will train on into nice three-year-olds. They are three horses that will definitely win races and if one of them managed to win this I'd be delighted. I couldn't split them though.

That said I have to and I'll put Cash Is King up as my each-way Sky Bet charity bet as he could represent a bit of value.

Jedward disappointed in the claimer last time, Franny Norton thought she was lame and more or less pulled her up but she's fine. The more rain she gets the better but I have to say I've been a fraction disappointed with her. With a bit of luck she might bounce back and do something for us in the Charles Henry Memorial Handicap.

Saturday team: Sandown

Ventura Spirit ran okay the other day over a mile-and-a-half when I was just trying to get a run into him. Dropping back in trip on soft ground wouldn't bother him, he's a very laid-back horse, the run has done him the world of good and if he got placed in the Betfred Mobile Sports Handicap I'd be delighted. He is a horse that will win races, whether it's this one I don't know.

Take It To The Max ran in the Spring Mile and I'm afraid he had a fibrilating heart and we were a bit worried about him. But we did all the tests on him and he's fine and the other day he worked well. He goes in the Betfred The Bonus King Handicap. He's a horse that won four races last year and though everything's in his favour, it's just whether there's some that's better handicapped than him.

Trip, ground, everything will suit Our Boy Jack in the Betfred Double Delight On The Euros Handicap at Sandown. The only thing is he's been quite busy so I hope he's okay, but he'd have a chance. The right horse beat him the other day so everybody knows our form. If they make him favourite he'd have a chance.

Saturday team: Leicester

Boom and Bloom ran a good, solid race for us first time, I was surprised a little bit actually. She's a very genuine filly who tries very hard and she ran a good race last time. I am worried about the ground for her in the Free Racing Post Form At totepool.com Maiden Fillies' Stakes as it could be extremely heavy but if she goes in it she'll run a big race. I'm sure in time she'll be running over seven and I'm expecting her to finish her race well.

I've been struggling to get Stanley Rigby fit and I just hope he's a little bit fitter in the Play Blackjack & Roulette At totepool.com Handicap. A cracking horse, he won five in a row a couple of years ago on the all weather but he's had a couple of niggling problems and when he gets an infection it knocks him out for a week. He just might need another run.

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