Vintage Premium, a hero at York last summer when he won the John Smith's Cup, heads south tomorrow with good prospects of making his presence felt in deepest Sussex.

The six-year-old, trained by Richard Fahey, contests the £35,000 Peters Fairline Festival Stakes at Goodwood and has every chance of notching his first success of the campaign after a near-miss at Chester last time.

Vintage Premium ran right up to his best to be beaten only three-quarters of a length by Parasol on his latest outing and is reckoned by Fahey to have improved again as a result of that race.

Overnight rain would aid Vintage Premium's chances of going one better tomorrow, when he will again have the services of Paul Hanagan.

Chai Walla can clinch the £25,000 ExCel Rated Handicap for Henry Cecil and Richard Quinn.

Winner of a mile and a half handicap at Newmarket last month on his seasonal reappearance, Chai Walla appeals as the type of horse likely to progress further as the summer unfolds.

Tomorrow's extra two furlongs should be well within his capacity, and he is awarded my Nap vote.

Kieren Fallon drew a blank on the course yesterday, but the champion jockey has every chance of rectifying that situation tomorrow.

Fallon can land the opening race, the Sunseeker Conqueror Stakes, on the potentially high-class Fantasize, trained by Sir Michael Stoute.

Also worth noting is Royal Storm, a recent Newbury winner, and previously successful on this course. Amanda Perrett's charge lines-up for the Raymarine Handicap.

Yorkshire racegoers have a decent jumping card to look forward to at Wetherby, where Tony Dobbin looks likely to figure on the scoreboard.

The top northern jockey teams up with Bobayaro in the Novices' Chase and Nicky Richards' recent winner will be hard to beat.

Paul Nicholls has his horses in tremendous form and the Somerset trainer can score with last month's winner Fair Prospect in the Polycom Novices' Hurdle. Joe Tizzard takes the mount.

Back on the Flat at Newcastle, Tancred Times should take plenty of catching in the Wolf Blass Wines Handicap over five furlongs.

David Barker's evergreen sprinter returned to winning form when beating Blessingindisguise at Thirsk 12 days ago. A similar effort here will stand her in excellent stead.

The Intro 2 Handicap over two miles will not take a great deal of winning and with rain forecast, Litzinsky is worth considering if the ground comes up soft.

A proven mud-lover, Charles Booth's slogger should lack nothing in fitness after three outings this season.

Tomorrow's tips


1.45 Fantasize, 2.15 Vintage Premium, 2.45 Chai Walla (Nap), 3.20 Sister Sophia, 3.55 Royal Storm, 4.30 Doctrine, 5.05 Fly More.


1.55 Iorana, 2.25 Bobayaro, 2.55 Winter Gale, 3.30 Fair Prospect, 4.05 Ei Ei, 4.40 Itsonlyme, 5.15 Turn Of Phrase.


2.05 Howick Falls, 2.35 Miss Brookie, 3.05 Litzinsky, 3.40 Fabulous Jet, 4.15 Rookwith, 4.50 Tancred Times.

Tomorrow's other meetings are at Bangor and Kelso.

Updated: 11:51 Wednesday, May 21, 2003