17 Jul Wells Farhh Go ‘perfect for the St Leger’
IT IS a good while since there was a northern trained winner of the Doncaster St Leger. Sixteen years in fact. Bollin Eric was trained by Tim Easterby when winning in 2002. And the master of Habton Grange has a serious contender for 2018 in the adorable Wells Farhh Go.
The horse came to prominence when winning the Acomb Stakes at York as a juvenile beating James Garfield. Looking back now, he did marvellously well to win as seven furlongs was way too short for this stamina-laden animal even then. His three-year-old career began in the Dante where the trip was too short and he never had the pace to trouble the principals. He was not disgraced there and he ran okay in a messy renewal of the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot, beaten only five lengths.
Missing the Epsom Derby may turn out to be a blessing in disguise as Wells Farhh Go, racing over 1m 5f, came into his own in the Bahrain Trophy at Newmarket. He made all and used his stamina well to beat Loxley. The victory put him near the business end of the St Leger betting market and he is currently best priced 10/1. If you’re analysing horse racing betting systems to find some ante-post value then you’ll do worse than an each-way flutter on Wells Farhh Go for the St Leger.
Easterby, reflecting on Wells Farhh Go’s success a few days after his Newmarket success, remains bullish about the horse’s St Leger chance.
He told the Racing Post: “I think he’s got as good a chance as anything I’ve ever had. He proved he’s a proper stayer. The Leger will suit him perfectly.”
As for his earlier runs, Easterby said the horse had excuses: “He had a few little issues, we had a problem with his teeth, then he had a little bit of gravel. And at Ascot we made a cock-up with the riding instructions, I told David [Allan] to drop him in and it was the wrong thing to do. They went no pace, they crawled, then sprinted, and it was hopeless.”
Easterby was speaking at the launch of the Go Racing In Yorkshire Summer Festival, which gets under way at Ripon on Saturday. Sponsored by Sky Bet, it lasts for nine days and will finish at Pontefract on July 29.
In 2018, Racing Welfare is the supported charity for the festival. They will be at every racecourse with their stand which includes an equicisor. Before racing at every course a jockey will come out and give a demonstration before inviting all racegoers to have a go!
- Saturday July 21 – Ripon(Gates open: 11.30; First race: 2.20)
- Sunday July 22 – Redcar(Gates open: 11.00; First race: 1.55)
- Monday July 23 – Beverley(Gates open: 4.00; First race: 6.00)
- Tuesday July 24 – Blank (the hard core may wish to consider Nottingham’s evening fixture…)
- Wednesday July 25 – Catterick(Gates open: 12.00; First race: 2.00)
- Thursday July 26 – Doncaster(Gates open: 3.00; First race: 5.15)
- Friday July 27 – Thirsk(Gates open: 11.30; First race: 2.00) & York (Gates open: 4.00; First race: 6.00)
- Saturday July 28 – York(Gates open: 11.15; First race: 2.05)
- Sunday July 29 – Pontefract(Gates open: 11.30; First race: 2.00)