Betway Chester Cup Entries Encourage Richard Fahey to try and win the race! | Chester Racecourse

Betway Chester Cup Entries Encourage Richard Fahey to try and win the race!

Among the 66 initial entries for the Betway Chester Cup Heritage Handicap, the feature race of the opening day of the Boodles May Festival at Chester Racecourse, which takes place over three days commencing on Wednesday, May 4th is Quick Jack who was sent off the 4/1 favourite and occupied second place behind Trip To Paris in the 2015 renewal of the historic stayers handicap before going on to win the Galway Hurdle.

The seven-year-old is trained in county Meath by Tony Martin, who said:  “He is alright, he ran at Cork last month where the ground was heavy.  I’m quite happy with him and he’ll definitely improve for the run.  The intention is to run at Chester, it’s only three weeks away.
“It’s an unusual track, it’s tight but it’s the same for everybody and it’s important to get the run of the race, everything has to go right,” added Martin.

Local trainer Donald McCain has entered three horses and plans to run Sign Manual in a prep race to establish whether he would get in the Betway Chester Cup.  McCain said: “My other two entries are strong possibilities (Venue and William of Orange).  If we decide to run Venue, we’ll probably give him a run over hurdles and William of Orange would go straight there after a winter campaign also over hurdles.

“The Chester Cup is one of my favourite races of the year, it’s one of those long-distance speciality races and I’m lucky enough to have won a couple (Overturn in 2011 and Ile De Re in 2012, when Overturn finished second).  You never have to convince owners to run a horse at Chester!” 

Speaking from his yard in North Yorkshire, trainer Richard Fahey explained: “I’ve entered six horses (Angel Gabrial, Duke of Clarence, Gabrial The Hero, English Summer, Gabrial’s King (4th in 2015) and Gabrial’s Star (5th in 2015) and they are all owned by Marwan Koukash.  As you know he likes to have runners at Chester and we will be trying to win the race!”
There is a possibility of a royal runner as Newmarket based trainer Michael Bell has entered The Queen’s horse Fabricate.  “He was a progressive stayer last year and is due to run at Newbury on Friday.  It will be very demanding there and anything could happen, but he is a stayer with a future.  We’ve had a lot of luck at Chester over the years and it is a lovely track,” explained Bell.              

BETWAY CHESTER CUP ENTRIES  (Class 2 Heritage Handicap) – 04 May 2016
 

Horse

Age

Owner

Trainer

Pallasator (GB) 7 Qatar Racing Limited

Sir Mark Prescott Bt

Oriental Fox (GER) 8 Mr Markus Graff Mark Johnston
Gang Warfare (GB) 5 The Hassiakos & Mannasseh Ptnrship Simon Crisford

Angel Gabrial (IRE)

7 Dr Marwan Koukash Richard Fahey
Moonrise Landing (IRE) 5 Mr P. D. Savill Ralph Beckett
Slowfoot (GER) 8 Jack Callaghan & The Fat Jockey Ptnrship

Jim Best

Amour de Nuit (IRE)  4 L.A. Larratt - Osborne House Sir Mark Prescott Bt
Notarised (GB) 5 Mr Hugh Hart Mark Johnston
The Twister (GB) 4 Kwikdelivery Limited Jane Chapple-Hyam
Duke of Clarence (IRE) 7 Dr Marwan Koukash Richard Fahey
John Reel (FR) 7 Walters Plant Hire Ltd David Evans
William of Orange (GB) T W Johnson & G Maxwell Donald McCain
Totalize (GB) D Gilbert, M Lawrence, A Bruce Brian Ellison
Archangel Raphael (IRE) 4 The Archangel Raphael Patnership Amada Perrett
Gabrial The Hero (USA) 7 Dr Marwan Koukash Richard Fahey
Le Maitre Chat (USA) 5 Mr & Mrs I P Earnshaw Ian Williams 
Nakeeta (GB) 5 Alex and Janet Card Iain Jardine
Gavlar (GB) 5 Canisbay Bloodstock William Knight
Moscato (GB) 5 The Green Door Partnership Sir Mark Prescott Bt
Shingwedzi (SAF) 6 Mrs G. A. Rupert Ed Dunlop
English Summer (GB) 9 Dr Marwan Koukash Richard Fahey
Gabrial's King (IRE) 7 Dr Marwan Koukash Richard Fahey

Gabrials Star (GB)

7 Dr Marwan Koukash Richard Fahey
Fabricate (GB) 4 The Queen Michael Bell
Min Alemarat (IRE) 5 Habton Farms Tim Easterby
Cousin Khee (GB) 9 Mr Raymond Tooth Hughie Morrison
Haines (GB) 5 Bow River Racing Andrew Balding
Tommy Docc (IRE) 4 Mr Ronnie Docherty Keith Dalgleish
Mirsaale (GB) 6 Equus I Keith Dalgleish
Steve Rogers (IRE) 5 Mr Nurlan Bizakov Roger Varian
Red Tornado (FR) 4 Notalotterry Dan Skelton
Apterix (FR) 6 Mr P. J. Martin Brian Ellison
Shades of Silver (GB) 6 The Champion Family Ed de Giles
Royal Marskell (GB) 7 Miss Chantel Wootten Gay Kelleway
Saigon City (GB) 6 C H Stephenson, Tate, Fleg & Bousfield Declan Carroll
Grumeti (GB) 8 McNeil Family Alan King
Royal Signaller (GB) 6 Mr Archibald Hargie & Mr Brian Hargie Michael Appleby
Wordiness (GB) 8 Mr W. A. Harrison-Allan David Evans
My Reward (GB) 4 Mr M. J. Macleod Tim Easterbury
Stonecutter (IRE) 5 Northern Line Racing Ltd James Unett
Communicator (GB) 8 Lady Davis Andrew Balding
Arty Campbell (IRE) 6 Mr Alex James Bernard Llewellyn
Planetoid (IRE) 8 Planetoid Partnership Jim Best