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Richard Fahey guides us through his Friday runners

By Richard Fahey.   Last Updated: 11/07/13 5:58pm

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Richard Fahey: Star columnist

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On Friday, Dusky Queen runs in the Piper-Heidsieck E.B.F. Fillies' Handicap.

She's been a little frustrating but this is her trip and she's in good order. I just hope the ground isn't too quick for her. Elle Woods, who beat Dusky Queen at Carlisle last time, has won since from a 6lb higher mark so she ran into one that day and will hopefully go well here.

We've three runners in the Betfred 'The Bonus King' Stakes. It's what I call a lottery race but if I had to pick one of mine it would be Heaven's Guest. His form is rock solid and while he needs to find a bit more, he always runs his race.

Mary's Daughter is a funny little thing. She has good days and she has off days, if it's one of the better ones here she'd have a chance with Sammy Jo claiming off her. She only has 7st 13lb to carry and won at York for Laura Barry so we're trying the feminine touch again.

Rene Mathiswas too keen at Chester last time and didn't get home but is the sort who could run well in a race like this as his form stacks up well. It's a wide open contest and I'm happy to fire three bullets at it but a lot depends on where the pace is and you need all the luck in running.

Friday also marks the start of York's two-day John Smith's Cup meeting.

My Bob Bob and Birkacre both run in the opening Cakemark E.B.F. Maiden Stakes. The former was very disappointing first time - he never did a tap. I'm hoping he bounces back as he goes well at home and I do think he's okay.

In contrast Birkacre ran well first time at Catterick and might just have needed it. She was a breeze-up buy from Doncaster and we are running her back a little quickly here. She should improve for the first run but I just hope she doesn't bounce.

I'm just worried Lord Clyde may be a short runner ahead of the Haylin Nursery. He has loads of speed and they won't take him off the bridle early but it's just a question of whether he can last it out in the closing stages.

Bridle Belle is in foal and has her last race in the GroceryAid Chairman's Charity Cup before heading to the paddocks. She ran alright at Chester last time but the handicapper has had her all her career. We take five pounds off with George Chaloner which will help but I'm a little worried about the ground for her. The surface is also a worry for High Office who was very disappointing the other day. He needs to bounce back and along with Bridle Belle would only have a small chance in a competitive race.

Arctic Feeling is another for whom fast ground would be a worry, he just won't let himself down on it. That said the Cranswick PLC Food Group Handicap is the right race for him and he remains in great order at home.

I'm convinced Size is still improving. He's won three of his last four and his work at home is getting better, much more professional. I'd expect him to run really well in the Acturis Handicap.

Finally Majestic Moon runs in the closing Electrolux Appliances Apprentice Handicap. He has become frustrating as he can gallop and should be winning handicaps but has had four goes now and hasn't done so yet. Everything is right for him here, the ground is ideal, so is the trip, and the track. Hopefully this is the day he gets it all together.

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