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Saturday racing: Richard Fahey primed for successful afternoon heading into Royal Ascot

10 Jun | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
Saturday racing: Richard Fahey primed for successful afternoon heading into Royal Ascot

The Yorkshire-based trainer has a number of runners entered across York, Sandown and Chester, as well as a very appealing double

Royal Ascot is just days away and the excitement for flat racing’s most exhilarating week is building.

Although before the Berkshire spectacle begins, there is still time for horses and jockeys to hit some form in the coming days.

We begin with the Ganton Stakes in the 3.00pm at York where Top Notch Tonto will be hoping to repeat his triumph in this race last year.

However, it is difficult to look past Gabrial at 6/1 here.

Richard Fahey’s seven-year-old is one of the most experienced horses in the race and had quite an impressive 2015.

He won the Betway Lincoln and recorded three seconds and four thirds in 13 rides, including two extraordinary placed finishes at 66/1 and 50/1 at Glorious Goodwood and Champions Day at Ascot.

On both occasions Solow came out victorious so Fahey’s star deserves immense credit for competing with one of the best.

He is yet to get off the mark in 2016 but it could be a day of firsts, as William Buick’s first ride on board could land a first win at York in seven attempts.

William Haggas’ Mutakayyef will be the one to beat, having recorded seven second-place finishes in ten attempts.

However, he only has the one victory, which was two years ago, and that could go against him on Saturday.

Aclaim can claim a third win in four rides in the 3.35pm Handicap

The next race at York is the Charity Sprint Handicap and Martyn Meade’s Aclaim looks set to get back to winning ways.

The three-year-old Colt was very impressive in his first two rides, winning at Kempton and Newmarket in competitive fields.

He went over to Ireland two weeks ago and still put in a strong performance, finishing third at Naas.

Fergus Sweeney, who rode him to victory over 6f on debut, is back on board and if he can cope with the weight on Saturday then 8/1 looks good value.

An each-way shout could come from Sign of The Kodiac.

He was very impressive at Chelmsford last time out as Tom Eaves guided him to a 12/1 winner.

With two wins and four seconds in his last eight rides, he continues to show strong form.

He was a credible 25/1 second at Lingfield in March, and despite being a 33/1 outsider, with four places on offer it could hold some each-way value.

Willy can conquer on Willytheconqueror in the Scurry Stakes

Moving over to Sandown for the 3.20pm and Willytheconqueror looks set to record a third win from his last five.

William Twiston-Davies will be riding his namesake for the first time and will be aiming to get him back to winning ways, despite a respectable third last time out.

He is already a course and distance winner after his victory here in April and at 10/1, he looks very good value.

The main threats though will come from Dhahmaan and Ornate.

Both are in consistent form and with Frankie Dettori and Ryan Moore trying to notch up some winners before Ascot, it promises to be a close race.

Celebration can beat his stablemate in the 4.00pm Handicap at Chester

A 5f Handicap at Chester where Richard Fahey can be quietly confident of claiming the winner here.

He has two entered and the first is Powerallied, who was a course and distance winner here in September, but that does remain his last win.

One win and a third place finish in his two runs at Chester shows this course is best suited to him but it could be his stablemate Celebration doing the celebrating.

Two wins, three seconds and two thirds in his 11 rides means he is one of Fahey’s most consistent three-year-olds at present.

A solid run here at the start of May, claiming third place that day but with a favourable stall draw, he will be hopeful for a first win in ten months.

Lucky 15:

Gabrial 6/1 | Aclaim 8/1 | Willytheconqueror 10/1 | Celebration 11/2

A 50p each-way Lucky 15 (£15 total stake) returns £3916.07*

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