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Parbold seeks Gimcrack glory for Richard Fahey

Updated: Friday, 23 Aug 2013 17:04 | Comments

Parbold (red) drops back in trip for the Gimcrack
Parbold (red) drops back in trip for the Gimcrack

Richard Fahey is hoping Parbold can give him that first elusive first victory in the Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Gimcrack Stakes at York on Saturday.

The Musley Bank handler would dearly love to get his name on the roll of honour and reports Parbold to be in tip-top shape ahead of the Knavesmire Group Two.

Parbold won on his debut over the course and distance and has been placed in two prestigious two-year-old races since then.

Runner-up to War Command in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot, the son of Dandy Man put in his best work at the finish when third to Toormore in the Vintage Stakes over seven furlongs at Glorious Goodwood.

"We were a little frustrated with his run the other day at Goodwood, although he did run well and we're happy with him," said Fahey.

"He's in great order so we're hopeful of a big run.

"Dropping back to six furlongs doesn't bother me at all.

"I'd love to win the Gimcrack. We just need a bit if luck."

My Catch tries his luck much nearer home after two lucrative trips to France where he was successful at Maisons-Laffitte and Deauville.

His latest victory came in the Group Three Prix de Cabourg and he did not fare too badly on his last start on these shores when only beaten a length in fifth place in Royal Ascot's Windsor Castle stakes behind Extortionist.

"He ran in France and won twice over six furlongs. It's that trip over here so I see no reason why he shouldn't be just as effective," said trainer David Brown.

"He's come out of his last race well. he's in good order and I'm looking forward to running him in the Gimcrack."

Kevin Ryan relies on Astaire as he bids to land his third win in this historic two-year-old race after Amadeus Wolf in 2005 and Blaine 12 months ago.

Astaire's sole defeat in three starts came in the July Stakes at Newmarket, but he made a winning debut over this course and distance.

"Astaire is in very good form. His win at Newmarket was a nice confidence boost and he did it very well," said the Hambleton trainer.

"He is a very good horse and we are really looking forward to running him."

William Haggas admits that the 3lb Saayerr has to give to all his rivals after his win in the Group Two Richmond Stakes at Glorious Goodwood will make things tough.

"He's very well, but he's got that penalty to carry, which makes life difficult," he said.

"We'll just have to see how he gets on."

Cable Bay, who was only beaten a neck by Saayerr at Goodwood, reopposes and his trainer Charlie Hills is expecting a big run.

"Cable Bay is in good form. He did his first piece of work since Goodwood and I was very pleased with him," said the Lambourn handler.

"He is a colt we have always liked. We thought he may need the run at Goodwood as he had a little setback after he won his maiden. I think he has come on again and hopefully he will run very well at York."

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