Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

GROWL JUST WHAT DOCTOR ORDERED; Fahey's Beast to Deliver More Gold for Koukash Garcia's on the Comeback Trail

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

GROWL JUST WHAT DOCTOR ORDERED; Fahey's Beast to Deliver More Gold for Koukash Garcia's on the Comeback Trail

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Byline: GARRY OWEN

THE bookies are running scared from GROWL (3.45)at Ayr and the fouryear-old can prove his bite is far worse than his bark.

Richard Fahey's sprinter has been heavily backed to give Dr Marwan Koukash another Ayr Gold Cup following the successes of Redford and TURN TO P2 FROM PAGE ONE Our Jonathan and after the trainer's victory with Don't Touch don't expect any generosity from the old enemy on the rails.

Bought out of Brian Meehan's yard last season, Fahey set about unlocking his potential and wins at Nottingham and Windsor restored Growl's confidence.

He was not beaten far when fourth in the Bunbury Cup behind Golden Steps, then ran fourth in the Stewards' Cup, a diminishing length and a half off winner Dancing Star.

He didn't enjoy the best of runs under Ryan Moore at Goodwood, but at this level of sprinting c'est la vie. Fingers crossed Graham Lee gets the breaks today.

Fahey certainly knows what it takes and said: "You need to be a Group horse to nearly get in, never mind win it. Marwan had his eye on him for a while, he always wanted him for this race.

"He was a little unlucky at Goodwood. Ryan felt he should nearly have won. He'll go on any ground, which is always the sign of a decent racehorse.

"We've kept him fresh since Goodwood, we took him away for a bit of work and we're happy.

"You can forget the history of the race, I'm happy with stall six. We do have pace besides us so I'm comfortable with it."

Ralph Beckett's BLETCHLEY (2.00) can return to winning ways in the Firth of Clyde Stakes. The Makfi filly scored nicely on her debut at Nottingham in June despite her inexperience and was plunged into the Albany at Ascot. Despite not being 'streetwise' enough, she just failed to collar Aidan O'Brien's Brave Anna. Sent off favourite for the Group 2 Cherry Hinton at HQ in July, she possibly didn't handle the quicker ground when well held in sixth. She can get back on track on today's easier surface. …

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