Thursday, 19 September 2013

Fahey @ AYR

Richard Fahey: Huge Ayr raid

Our star columnist Richard Fahey goes through his team for the first two days of the Ayr Western Meeting.

  • Ingleby Symphony: Blinkers applied (copyright sal smithson www.richardfahey.com) 
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Ingleby Symphony: Blinkers applied.
We kick off with Roachdale House in theE.B.F/Frazer Coogans Commercial Solicitors Novice Stakes. He's a horse we like and one who's learning all the time. His mother, Golden Legacy, won the Group Three at the meeting for us and it would be nice if he could follow her in hoofprints and win.I really like the Ayr Western Meeting and this year we've a large team heading up there. Hopefully there's a winner or two among them.
He's meeting plenty of promising and progressive rivals so it's a trappy race but our fellow is in really good form and his form looks rock solid.
I'm double handed in the S.T. Andrew Plant Hire Maiden Auction Stakes.Ribbleton ran well on debut but then disappointed next time. He's been freshened up since and can hopefully bounce back.
Reflection was very green on debut at Hamilton and will have learned from that. If he was placed I'd be delighted but Kommander Kirkup looks a very solid favourite.
The Brewin Dolphin Handicap is a complete lottery race. We run two and while both are in good form, they need luck in running and to be drawn in the right place.
Our Diane was disappointing on the face of it at Musselburgh last time but nothing went right that day and she'll love the ground here.
Layla's Oasis has been very consistent, knocking on the door, and one day I hope someone lets her in. Sammy Bell claims seven off here which is a help.
Makinson Lane was running on the all-weather early in the year and has been given a long break since. He's working really well ahead of division one of the Quality And Value At Irish Yearling Sales Handicap and I'd like to think he'll run well but the ground is an unknown.
Chiswick Bey started out with us and won the Brocklesby. He was rated in the mid 90s at one point and was claimed the other day. It's great to have him back and he won't mind the ground at all. I'm hoping for the best in the second division with him.
We're double handed again in the William Hill - Download The App Handicap.Spirit Of The Law won't mind the ground and George Chaloner gets on very well with him.
Hi There ran a great race at York and is another with a chance. Mark Johnston's King Of The Danes will be very hard to beat but if he doesn't handle the ground hopefully we'll be there to pick up the pieces.
Eric The Grey won't run in the Campbell Brothers Handicap but we're still represented by Key Gold. She ran okay at Newcastle the other day and we're still learning about her but she's fit and working well. She just needs to show more on the track now.
Moving onto Friday and McCarthy Mor is first out of the blocks in the British Stallion Studs E.B.F Maiden Stakes. He was very disappointing at York first time out as he's a horse we like. He has a terrible draw here but I really want to see him run a race. I'm just a fraction worried about the ground though as he's a really good moving horse.
Foxy Clarets is a very hard horse to read. He's a little in and out, running two huge races in valuable sales events at York and Doncaster, but being beaten at odds-on at Sandown in between when hanging badly and doing everything wrong.
I'm not being unkind when I say he's been a little thick in terms of learning things but is working well ahead of the Al Maktoum College Nursery.
We also run Gym Shoes who ran well at Ascot last time. The owner lives nearby and loves runners at Ayr and this horse is perfectly entitled to have a tilt in a very open race.
The BAM Properties Ltd Handicap is another lottery race with just the 27 runners.
Bispham Green is another we're slightly worried about the ground with. He had a wind operation and might just have needed his last run. He wears a tongue tie here and will be winning races - it would be nice if it was this one!
Strange Magic will love the ground and is well handicapped on her old form. She'd definitely have a squeak but it's impossible to be too confident given the field size and confusion over where you want to be drawn.
Back Lane is a good, hardy horse who has done nothing wrong. He needs to step up again by ten or 12 pounds in the Shadwell Stud/E.B.F. Stallions Harry Rosebery Stakes but he is a very professional horse who tries very hard.
I thought Flashman was going to win at York last time only for the leader to find more when he joined him. He's done nothing wrong and would have to be a player in theUAE Handicap.
I have Ingleby Symphony down as a disappointing filly. We've shoved blinkers on her in the Lowmac Recycling Handicap. She worked well in them the other morning and would be a leading player if they bring her back to her early form.

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