Former Newcastle United forward and racehorse trainer Mick Quinn is the manager of The North’s team in this year’s Racing League, live on Sky Sports Racing this Thursday, and discusses his team’s prospects.
Thursday night’s game in Newcastle feels like a home game for me and Team North. It will be great to be back at the Toon where I had so many good times in my football days and I trust the support for us will be as enthusiastic as it is across the city at St James’ Park.
We’re all shooting with a maximum of two riders in the seven races and plenty of chances in solid form, so I really hope to see us move up the table and close the gap with London and the South and Wales and the West, who are off to such a start. strong.
Although we are sixth out of seven in the table after the first two rounds, I am happy enough to have had a winner in each of the opening meetings at Doncaster and Lingfield Park. We didn’t have the same depth strength on the Surrey track, which was deep and didn’t suit some of our horses.
However, this time it’s a different scenario, with Richard Fahey spearheading our attack with no fewer than eight of our 14 representatives. Richard really wanted to run JOE SUN Y DOUBLE TREATMENTin particular, so I’m backing his judgment on those races.
Solar Joe’s only win came in a tough mile at Pontefract last month, but he ran well to be second in 10f at Haydock Park last time out and Richard is optimistic about giving him a step up on the journey again at the William Hill Best Odds Guaranteed Racing League Race Fifteen Handicap (5.45).
Indeed, the Musley Bank master had the option of running him in race 10f on the same card, but insists the further endurance test will play to his strengths. We also have proven stay MIDRARR in the stable lineup of Brian Ellison, who grew up a stone’s throw from Gosforth Park and is a huge Newcastle fan.
Between them, the Malton matchup can help us get off to the best possible start. Richard connects with fit young jockey Harrison Shaw, whose Solar Joe ride is one of three to the barn for the night. I’m glad to see young Harrison doing so well (he won at Buckshaw Village for us at Lingfield) and this game is another showcase of his undoubted talent.
Harrison has ridden plenty of winners for Declan Carroll in recent weeks and the pair have a great chance to get on the winners podium again with NATCHEZ TRAIL in the William Hill Extra Place Races Racing League Race Sixteen Handicap (6.15).
He’ll hold up well on the 10-foot trip, having won more at Southwell, and is officially in a 1-pound pot under his penalty. In the same race, Ben Robinson is making his 8th 10-pound minimum running weight. MY LITTLE QUEENSwho snuck into this with a rating of 70.
She belongs to the Richard Fahey Racing Club, so she will not lack support and she is already a winner at this distance. DOUBLE TREATMENT he was one of the first horses Richard nominated for the Racing League and could give us one of our best chances to win in the meeting at the William Hill Extend your odds Racing League Race Seventeen Handicap (6.45).
The four-year-old is a multiple All-Weather winner who ran a solid race over the course and distance in last month’s return after nearly a year off. In fact, the horse he was third behind, Sound Angela, was fourth in a Group 3 at Deauville in his next start.
Backing it up is the ultra reliable I LOVE YOUR JOB, who is the first series runner for Sedgefield-based Rebecca Menzies. Her best form has been achieved over 1m but she stays further away which is a plus on a track with such a demanding finish.
My good friend Patsy Cosgrave will make the long drive from Newmarket for a good book of attractions, including Richard Fahey’s. RUBBER RUBBER in the William Hill Pick Your Spots Racing League Race Eighteeen Handicap (7.15).
Richard was keen to race him in this race instead of 6f as he held up very well to be a close second to 7f at Thirsk last time. He is well drawn in stable nine, right next to the stable mate. POSTAL CODE and Harrison.
Zip is a course and distance winner who is starting to look pretty good at a handicap and I couldn’t think of a better time for him to bounce back and get back into winning form! Patsy Gets The Plum Ride In The Progressive BOY FROM MINNESOTA in the nursery, the William Hill Bet Boost Racing League Race Nineteen Handicap (7.45) for my man Fahey.
This colt finished powerfully to win a 5f Beverley maiden earlier this month and looks set for the further furlong of a doable brand. Although I haven’t played a Joker yet, I have a good feeling about this run as we’re also Goodwood Festival winners. PRAIRIE FALCON.
He is the first runner in the competition for Michael Dods and looks well treated just a 2-pound mark higher with Ben Robinson in the lead. There’s a long way to go, so I’m not in a hurry to commit the first of my two allowed wilds, but I must admit I’m tempted!
Double Doncaster Winner TRUE MASON showed his versatility by winning in the tight corners at Wolverhampton last time out for my potent attacking force from Carroll and Shaw, but he must overcome the lowest tie in the William Hill Play Responsibly Racing League Race Twenty Handicap (8.15).
At least we have Richard’s recent Haydock winner. STRAITS OF MOYLE on the other side of the draw, so I don’t rule out a good end to the card.
The last lucky one is William Hill Build Your Odds Racing League Race Twenty-One Handicap (8.45) which seems even more open.
Scott Dixon, who I will be relying heavily on in round 5 at his home track Southwell next month, sends ZARGUN in the north. Patsy’s mount should find this less demanding than the Stewards’ Cup, while Richard’s five-year-old SHOW ME SHOW ME will run to his side from the high boxes.
He was second on the tour and was off a 6-pound mark last year, so he could be on a dangerous mark.
It remains to be seen if we can score three times at the back of the net, just as my other beloved team Newcastle did against Manchester City at the weekend, but I am confident I have fielded a strong enough line-up to keep the grand canyons of the south a little quieter this time.
Watch all the Newcastle Racing League week 3 contests live on Sky Sports Racing (Sky 415 | Virgin 535) on Thursday 25th August.