The unbeaten Wootton Bassett heads a five-strong team from the Richard Fahey stable in the Weatherbys Insurance £300,000 2-Y-O Stakes at Doncaster tomorrow.
Fahey notched up his 50th two-year-old success of the season a few days ago and the North Yorkshire-based trainer has a powerful hand as he tries to grab a lion’s share of the big pot on offer.
The winner’s prize is £193,267 and there is cash right down to ninth as the 22 runners chase a slice of the prize money.
Wootton Bassett is going for another bumper pay-day after collecting £147,720 when completing a hat-trick in the DBS Premier Yearling Stakes at York last month.
He meets the runner-up Galtymore Lad on 8lb worse terms, though Fahey believes his colt has improved.
“Strictly on form he can’t beat Channon’s horse, but we’ll see. Our horse is well,” said Fahey.
“We feel he’s improving the whole time with every race he’s had but it’s an open race. The others aren’t back numbers.”
Fahey reports his four other runners – Gimcrack third Sir Reginald, Sunday’s York winner El Viento, DBS Stakes third Chiswick Bey and Gimcrack fifth Premier Clarets – to be raring to go.
“El Viento has got to step up and I’m surprised he got in the race, but I’m running him and we’ll see what happens,” Fahey went on.
“The juice in the ground will suit Chiswick Bey as will the extra half-furlong.
“Sir Reginald was third in the Gimcrack and he was coming home well so the extra half-furlong will suit him.
“Premier Clarets has been very consistent and he will not mind the ground and he’s got a low weight. Hopefully one of ours will win it.”
Michael Jarvis hopes any ease in the ground will help Forjatt, who was beaten two lengths by Wootton Bassett on this track in July.
“He’s proving a useful colt. We’ve got a couple of lengths to find on Wootton Bassett. I’m hoping a little ease in the ground will be in his favour,” said the Newmarket trainer.
“I think he’s been crying out for a bit of ease in the ground. We’re hoping that could make the difference. Obviously Wootton Bassett is going to be a hard nut to crack.”
Murbeh and Madany give owner Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum two solid chances.
Murbeh, trained by Brian Meehan, has created a good impression in winning both his starts, while Madany has won two and been placed in the other three of her five races.
“Murbeh’s a nice horse. We were going to keep him for the Mill Reef but we thought he’d have a chance in this big-money race,” said Sheikh Hamdan’s racing manager Angus Gold.
“Madany is the same and this is a good filly. I think she’s a bit better than she’s shown on the track so far actually.
“She hasn’t got much weight and she’d have a squeak as well.”
Button Moon, second in the £100,000 Tattersalls Millions Auction Stakes at Newmarket last month, attempts to pick up more lucrative prize money.
Her trainer Ian Wood said: “She ran a great race at Newmarket winning £25,000 and she is a tough filly who takes her racing well.
“After Doncaster she will head back to Newmarket for the Tattersalls Millions Fillies’ Median Auction Stakes for the big prize pot there.”
Richard Hannon is usually well represented in this type of race and the Everleigh trainer relies on Bahceli, though the Mujadil colt was well beaten by Wootton Bassett at York.
“He looks to have a decent draw (22 of 22) and he was staying on at the end at York, so will appreciate this extra half-furlong,” he told www.richardhannonracing.tv.