Fahey frustrated in record bid as trio fail at Southwell

Trainer Richard Fahey.
Trainer Richard Fahey.
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Richard Fahey will have to wait a little longer if he is to create history after drawing a blank at Southwell yesterday.

The Malton-based handler equalled retired trainer Richard Hannon snr’s record of 235 winners in a calendar year thanks to a Lingfield double through Gabrial The Hero and Luis Vaz De Torres on Monday.

Fahey had three runners at the Nottinghamshire venue on yesterday but the best he could manage was a silver medal courtesy of Mitre Peak in the Ladbrokes Maiden Stakes.

Things looked good as the 
11-10 favourite led them into the home straight and appeared to be travelling well for Tony Hamilton, but he had no answers when challenged by Karmadal a furlong out and the latter quickly pulled clear for a convincing victory. His stablemate Thraya Queen (12-1) only beat one rival home in the 32Red Casino Nursery, while Spirit Of Zeb never landed a serious blow when finishing a disappointing eighth in the Daily Price Boosts At Unibet Handicap.

Fahey has three more runners at Wolverhampton this evening and his best chance could be Hutton in the 32Red Jack Hobbs Maiden Stakes.

The Lawman gelding, who has made the frame on both starts to date over seven furlongs at Wolverhampton and Chelmsford, steps up to a mile for the first time and is proven on this Polytrack surface.

His stable companion Cosmic Statesmen is still a maiden but has shown enough to suggest he can go close in the 32Red Casino Handicap and is fit from a couple of placed efforts over hurdles in recent weeks.

Abbey Angel completes the trio in the Bet In Play At Coral Handicap and the Arcano filly showed signs of a return to form with a close-up fourth when last seen at Nottingham in late October.

Nicky Henderson’s Ma Filleule returned to winning ways in the betdaq.com Two Per Cent Commission Mares’ Chase at Doncaster.

Back against her own sex after mixing it with the geldings of late, she had to show she could battle to see off Kim Bailey’s tenacious Emily Gray.

The race changed in complexion when the Charlie Longsdon-trained Kalane came down at the fourth-last when still travelling well.

Neil King’s decision to abandon novice chasing with Zeroeshadesofgrey was justified after he carried top weight to victory in the Download The Betdaq App Handicap Hurdle.