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Fahey duo out to extend trainer's excellent Queensferry record

Kimberella: won this Listed prize a year ago
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3.00 Chester
Caldwell Construction Queensferry Stakes (Listed) | 6f | 3yo+ | RUK

Richard Fahey won this Listed prize with Kimberella 12 months ago and the eight-year-old is once again a contender on the Roodee.

The Malton-based trainer pulled Kimberella from a conditions race at Doncaster on Saturday and hopes he can take his chance at a track he loves.

Fahey said: "We took him out of Doncaster because of the ground so we’re keeping an eye on that for him. He does like the track.

"I’m happy with the draw, but it’ll be a harder task than when he won a year ago because he arrived in great form."

Stablemate Gabrial The Saint is much less exposed and was a course and distance winner at Chester's May Festival.

Fahey added: "He needs to step up on what he’s done. I’d be surprised if he could win it but you never know. He likes the track."

Gabrial The Saint: previous Chester winner needs more

Can Major Jumbo make the step up?

Kevin Ryan is handing a first Listed opportunity to Major Jumbo after the four-year-old's remarkably consistent performances in big-field sprint handicaps this season.

He said: "Major Jumbo has a good draw and he’s been in great form all year. He continues to go up in the handicap and this was the logical step forward. He’s very highly rated now and he deserves to step up a little bit in class."

What they say

Mick Easterby, trainer of Perfect Pasture
I think he’s in good form. He’s been kept off the track since March because of the ground. I think he has a nice chance.

Archie Watson, trainer of Corinthia Knight
He’s been very good at home. His behaviour wasn’t very good at Woodbine – he was very coltish. He lost the race before the start and he’s been gelded since. He’s in good order, drawn well and he’s obviously very effective on a turning track so I hope he’ll have a strong chance.

Harry Dunlop, trainer of Fighting Irish
The Maurice de Gheest looked very tough but it’s obviously sad that he got balloted out and this is his alternative. Ioritz Mendizabal was very pleased with him in the Commonwealth Cup and felt that, had the ground been a little bit easier, he could have been in the frame. We have got the assistance of Richard Kingscote who rides Chester so well. I am hopeful of a good run, although you can never be totally confident of how they will handle Chester ahead of time.

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