Richard Fahey raised a chuckle at a media event promoting the Qatar Goodwood Festival on Monday when he described himself as a small trainer based in the North of England.
When Oli Bell revisited that statement later in the conversation, Fahey, whose string of 250 horses includes top miler Ribchester, swiftly retorted: “Well I am only 5ft 2ins.”
Fahey has already chalked up another 108 winners this year and looks to have an outstanding candidate for the Weatherbys Super Sprint at Newbury (3.35) on Saturday in the shape of Maggies Angel, who is a general 5-1.
Fahey has saddled the winner of the £250,000 contest twice in the past four years (he had the first, second and fourth home in 2015) and the daughter of Dark Angel gets in off a nice weight because of her €36,000 purchase price.
She won in good style on her debut at Ripon and has since run cracking races in defeat - including on softish ground - in decent juvenile company at York, Beverley and Newmarket.
On her most recent start, Maggies Angel chased home exciting stablemate Dance Diva in a Listed contest over six furlongs at Newmarket - an effort that deserves marking up as she was a bit slow away and stuck to the unfavoured centre of the track. She has earned her official rating of 95.
The drop back to the minimum trip is a slight niggle but that should be offset by the ground being on the slow side and, in any case, her superior ability is likely to pull her through.
Fillies have an excellent overall record in the race, winning 15 of the 25 renewals, and the race conditions mean the majority of her rivals have to concede weight. If this were a handicap, it would be the other way round.
Provided conditions at Newbury do not dry out too much, then What About Carlo should make a bold bid for the in-form combination of Eve Johnson-Houghton and Charles Bishop in the Listed bet365 Stakes (2.25).
The six-year-old reserves his best for Newbury and Epsom, especially when there is some give underfoot, and will be racing over his optimum trip of a mile and a quarter.
On official ratings he has a bit to find with the likes of Thikriyaat and Best Of Days, but you are braver than me if you want to risk backing that pair after tame efforts on their most recent starts.
By contrast, What About Carlo again shaped really at Windsor last time when the enterprisingly-ridden King Bolette got first run on him and held on by a neck.
My other fancy at Newbury is the Roger Charlton-trained Petitioner in the Grundon Recycling Handicap (5.20).
The well-related Dansili colt was betrayed by inexperience on his debut but showed a good attitude when beating Qaviy Cash by a neck at Kempton last time despite still being green.
This will be his debut on turf but Biographer, his half-brother, was well served by some dig in the ground and a mark of 78 for his first start in handicap company looks lenient with Qaviy Cash having since scored off a pitch of 75 at Hamilton.
The best bet on the card at Newmarket could be God Given, a general 14-1 for the Betbright Aphrodite Stakes (2.40).
This half-sister to Postponed has much more on her plate than when getting off the mark in a maiden at Haydock last time but she had shaped with plenty of promise before that, including when third to Shutter Speed at Yarmouth last autumn with horses such as Ribblesdale Stakes third Hertford Dancer adrift.
God Given is the type to keep improving and, given her pedigree, there could be plenty more to come.
Luca Cumani, her trainer, has been fairly anonymous this season but a recent flurry of winners suggests he is clicking into top gear. He also has bright prospects of another winner with Buxted Dream in the Betbright Maiden Stakes (4.25).
How To Bet £20 on Saturday:
2.40 Newmarket: £3 win on God Given at a general 14-1
3.35 Newbury: £5 win on Maggies Angel at a general 5-1
5.20 Newbury: £4 win on Petitioner
Plus £1 each-way fourfold on above
£1 Win Lucky 15
(general odds in brackets)
2.25 Newbury: What About Carlo (10-1)
2.40 Newmarket: God Given (14-1)
3.35 Newbury:Maggies Angel (5-1)
5.20 Newbury: Petitioner
Plus £5 win on 3.35 Newbury: Maggies Angel (5-1)
The Score's nap for Saturday is: 3.35 Newbury: Maggies Angel
Nap for Sunday: 3.10 Stratford: Red Riverman
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