Malton trainer Richard Fahey eyes British Classic glory

Trainer Richard Fahey,front right, leads down his three Lincoln runners Gabrial's Kaka, ridden by Barry McHugh, right, Hi There, ridden by Tony Hamilton, and Brae Hill, ridden by Ben Hamilton, centre, during the stable visit to Malton

Trainer Richard Fahey,front right, leads down his three Lincoln runners Gabrial's Kaka, ridden by Barry McHugh, right, Hi There, ridden by Tony Hamilton, and Brae Hill, ridden by Ben Hamilton, centre, during the stable visit to Malton

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RICHARD FAHEY has joked he would be "drunk for a week" if he trains a British Classic winner.

The Malton trainer has indicated Parbold and Sandiva are his main hopes for glory at Newmarket in May but both will be given the chance to prove themselves worthy of a tilt in a Guineas trial.

Parbold, who won a maiden at York last May before returning to Knavesmire to finish third in the Gimcrack at the Ebor Festival, is 40-1 for the 2,000 Guineas but Fahey believes it could be a false price.

Wootton Bassett was the Musley Bank handler's last real hope in the mile contest, three years ago, but his Group 1-winning colt never reached the starting stalls after suffering a blip during the winter.

Fahey, who is aiming to run Gabrial's Kaka and Hi There in Saturday's William Hill Lincoln at Doncaster, said Parbold has brought no such concerns and added: "We're having a big sort out this week and he might run in the Greenham at Newbury or the Craven at Newmarket.

"Touchwood this horse has been fine. There have been no issues. He has matured and grown and he is a fine horse now.

"I don't think there will be a better looking three-year-old in the country. He's a nice horse and has done well.

"You need a lot of luck and I feel the three-year-old division has a question mark about a few of them.

"If they are not there, I'm sure we will be."

On Sandiva, who won a Group race at Deauville after a runners-up performance in the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot and is being targeted at the 1,000 Guineas, Fahey added: "Sandiva has wintered well and I am very happy with her. She will have a trial before the Guineas and we will make a decision after that whether she runs or not.

"At the moment, everything is going well and I hope we can keep it that way."

Rufford and Supplicant have also been entered in the 2,000 Guineas but their trainer believes they will have to improve to make the line up.

"Supplicant is in the German Guineas as well," he said. "We'll see how he works this week - a lot happens this week.

"Rufford might go for the Free Handicap."

Fahey reckons this could be the year for Lennox Stakes winner Garswood, who will be campaigned in the highest company all season after his third in the Prix De La Foret at Longchamp last October.

"We will probably start him in the Sandown Mile and aim at the Lockinge," he explained.

"There are no races for these horses. This is why they are great races - because they all end up in the same ones.

"We're delighted with him. He has wintered well and this could be his year.

"It's going to be tough."

And looking to build on a 2013 that brought 164 Flat winners, Fahey said: "We had six Group winners and 15 placed in Group races. That was a fantastic season for us. If we could have the same again that would be brilliant.

"If we can improve, great, and if we manage a Classic winner I'd be drunk for a week."

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