Lincoln Preview: Kaka can score for Fahey
The big betting race of the day is the Lincoln at Doncaster (3.45), and Gabrial’s Kaka looks decent each-way value in a typically wide open an ultra-competitive renewal.
The Richard Fahey trained gelding ran a cracker to finish sixth in the race 12 months ago before going on to land the 23-runner Spring Cup at Newbury in good style off a mark of 95 when showing a smart turn of foot to beat Spa’s Dancer with more in hand than the 1/2 lengths winning margin suggests.
The five-year-old went on to run some solid races in top class handicaps, finishing third at Sandown off 103 and a fine fifth of 19 to Short Squeeze at York off the same rating.
Gabrial’s Kaka also ran very well on his final start last season when staying on strongly to finish seventh of 27 to Bronze Angel at Ascot.
The son of Jeremy was drawn on the wrong side off the track that day, but led home the group on the near side and arguably would have gone very close if drawn low.
In the circumstances it was a cracking effort, and Gabrial’s Kaka is now able to race off a 1lb lower rating of 101.
That is just 6lb higher than what he carried in this race last year before showing improved form, and connections have also shrewdly booked the services of promising apprentice Jack Garritty to do the steering.
Garritty is terrific value for his 5lb claim, and taking into into account Gabrial’s Kaka is just 1lb higher than when landing the Spring Cup.
That gives the selection every chance from a handicapping perspective, and Fahey knows what is required to win the race having saddled Brae Hill to victory in 2012.
There are plenty of dangers and the biggest could well be the Ed Dunlop trained Zarwaan.
The four-year-old won a maiden at Haydock in good style in 2013 and posted solid efforts in defeat in four starts last season.
They included a fine fifth of 30 to Born In Bombay in the Britannia Stakes at Royal Ascot where Zarwaan kept on well to be beaten just two lengths after encountering trouble in-running.
That run suggests Zarwaan is a big player in this off just 1lb higher, and the son of Dutch Art remains unexposed after just six starts and open to further improvement.