FASTAR is fine, if a little quiet, following his run at Haydock last week. It has been a frustrating year with him due to the firm ground and he was also very unlucky not to win on a couple of occasions. He is due to be sold at Tattersalls in Newmarket on Monday.
FASTAR SALE Fastar is catalogued for sale as lot no. 335 on Monday, 29 October. You can view his catalogue page by clicking on the following link – http://www.tattersalls.com/cat/autumnhit/2018/335.pdf We will be in touch after his sale to let you know who purchases him. You will be able to watch a live video stream of his sale via the following link to the Tattersalls website – www.tattersalls.com
19 October 2018
FASTAR I am sorry that it wasn’t the end to his syndicate that we had hoped for, he’s been unlucky this season and should have won at least once. He had been a bit quiet after his last run and I thought he has back to himself earlier in the week, but Charlie said that he didn’t pick up as he expected him to and that he has probably had enough for the season. We will get him ready for the sales at Newmarket the week after next.
FASTAR Friday’s race at York has just come a little bit soon for him and he’ll need another week to really freshen up. All being well we will aim for the 1m handicap at Haydock on 19 October.
5 October 2018
FASTAR was sound following his run at Haydock last week, but he was just a bit flat for the first couple of days this week and so I have given him an easy week to let him to come back to himself and we will start back with him on Monday. He doesn’t take his races quite as well as he once did these days. He was unlucky not win last week and I really hope we can get his head back in front next time. There is another race at Haydock on 19 October, a 81-95 handicap, that could be a target.
FASTAR I think everyone will agree that he was unlucky not to win at Haydock. He was stuck in behind on the rail and when Liam finally made an effort to get him out he was hampered and then ran on all too late for third. Liam confirmed after the race that he should have won and it is so frustrating for the horse as he deserves better and another success. We will find something similar for him, soft ground is obviously key and he’s capable of winning off his current mark when conditions are right.
FASTAR is well following his run at Sandown. There are quite a few possible races for him in the next couple of weeks, we’ll be waiting for the right race on softer ground.
13 September 2018
FASTAR I thought he ran a good race today at Sandown, although I did think he was going to win around a furlong out. He had to come from a far way behind but I think that is more about where Fastar put himself in the race than anything to do with Charlie Bishop. Charlie was pleased with his run, it was on the easy side of good but he said that softer ground is what he really needs and he also suggested that cheekpieces could just help him now that he is getting older and wiser. Fastar’s been in good form at home of late and I hope we can find the ideal race for him soon on his preferred going.
FASTAR I haven’t declared him to run at Ascot on Friday as the going is likely to be quick. It’s a shame as he’s in great form at the moment, hopefully the weather will break soon again as I’m looking forward to running him again.
FASTAR was just a bit sore after his last run. The vet looked at him and we’ve medicated his joints again, which were due to be done. Within a couple of a days he was great again, it is just like putting a bit of grease or oil into the bearings. There’s a withdrawal of a fortnight before he can run again after medication, but we should be good to go again soon.
6 August – 12 August 2018
FASTAR I thought he ran well in the circumstances at Chester yesterday and I was pleased with him and that he put his disappointing run at Chelmsford behind him. The draw obviously wasn’t ideal and he was a way behind and I’m not quite sure why Oisin didn’t go on the outside rather than come to the inner, as it may have been a different story then. Oisin was very positive about him after the race, he said that the going, which he felt was mainly on the easy side of good, was fine and that the distance was just on the short side. You can view the race result by clicking on the following link – https://www.racingpost.com/results/13/chester/2018-08-05/706734
FASTAR seems to have taken his race on Sunday at Chester well and he looks great. I felt that this weekend was probably going to be a bit quick for him after Sunday and haven’t declared for Ascot or Haydock. He has had his EHV booster vaccination, which my other horses had at the weekend. There looks to be a change in the weather so hopefully we can find another race for him very soon. You can watch a video of Fastar taken on Tuesday morning’s visit at the following link – https://youtu.be/DDEyttrtzAQ
FASTAR ran a disappointing race at Chelmsford yesterday, he’s been flying at home and I thought everything was in place to get his head back in front. Adam Kirby said after the race that he felt he was stabbing at the ground and that he was feeling something in front and wouldn’t stretch out. However, the Vet has looked at him this morning and he doesn’t feel that there is anything wrong. I’m inclined to put it down to him not liking the track/surface, I think he’s a genuine good to soft turf horse and that is ideally what we need to find for him, although I thought he handled Newcastle’s all-weather well enough. Hannah the physio is coming in to check on him tomorrow morning.
6 July 2018
Fastar is very well following his good run at Newcastle last week. The sticky surface came in for a bit of criticism from some trainers and Tom Eaves suggested that if we go back there in hot weather we should maybe run over seven furlongs. There are plenty of suitable races now on turf, but there is no sign of the heatwave ending. As soon as it looks likely we will get him entered up again. There also doesn’t appear to be anything for him on the all-weather looking ahead over the next three weeks.
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Fastar I thought he ran a really good and solid race at Newcastle yesterday. Tom Eaves said that the surface was riding deep, which it tends to do in hot weather, and he felt that is what just found him out in the closing stages. Tom said that he felt he was going to win a furlong out and if we decide to go back to Newcastle with him we should probably look at dropping back to seven furlongs. Fastar did travel well during the race and the run opens up more options for us if the weather doesn’t break, as we can look at alternative races on the all-weather.
Fastar hasn’t been declared to run at Ayr on Saturday as they haven’t received the rain that was forecast and with a dry forecast the going there will be pretty firm. There are quite a few possible races coming up for him but we are currently in the middle of a very dry spell and we need to find good or softer going for him.
Fastar has the entry in the Royal Hunt Cup but he still needs a lot of horses to come out and it looks unlikely. I’d really like to run him in that if we can, otherwise there is an alternative race at Ayr the following weekend, where he should get his ground. He is flying at the moment, he worked yesterday morning and went extremely well, the best I have seen him work all year.
Fastar is in really good form. I decided not to enter him anywhere this week as the going is too firm and there is little rain in the weather forecasts. He is in the Royal Hunt Cup next week but unfortunately it does appear unlikely that he will get a run there, as he will need a large number of horses above him in the handicap to come out. There are quite a few nice races coming up for him, I am keeping an eye on the weather and will enter as soon as there’s a suitable race somewhere I think we will get our ground.
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Fastar There isn’t much for him in the next couple of weeks and the races coming up for him are:- 76-95 Handicap on the 14th June at Haydock over 1 mile 81-100 Handicap on the 16th June at Sandown over 1 mile 81-100 Handicap on the 23rd June at Ayr over 1 mile He also remains entered in the Royal Hunt Cup and we will have a better idea on the 5th June, which is the next scratching date, but I am actually starting to think that he could have a change of getting in there. He has taken his race at Sandown well, he worked this morning and went very well. He’s in really good form.
Fastar ran a nice race at Sandown and I’m excited about the rest of the season with him, the ground came right for us and Frankie said that he enjoyed it and that he likes to get his toe in. Looking at the initial entries, I think it’s unlikely that we’ll get into the Royal Hunt Cup as there are so many horses rated higher than us, but I’d like to run him if it’s at all possible. We’ll see how Fastar is over the next few days and then decide where and when we are likely to run next.
Please click on the following link to watch a video of post race comments from Frankie Dettori and Brian Meehan – https://youtu.be/Q0RvqjZ0TB4
Fastar I did consider declaring him for Newmarket on Friday, as there is the chance of a drop of rain there, but it was potentially only a couple of mils and it was always going to be a longshot. Please click on the website link below to view the latest video report, you will need to enable cookies if you are viewing from a tablet/mobile device. https://vimeo.com/269510049
Fastar is in good nick and I’m desperate to run him, but we need to find good or easier ground for him. I haven’t declared him for York tomorrow and unless the weather unexpectedly breaks I’d say that Newmarket and Newbury are also unlikely. I was at Windsor last night and the going there was fast – it’s normally a good barometer to what it’s like elsewhere because of their proximity to the river. There are plenty of other races coming up over the following couple of weeks, this weather can’t last forever!
Fastar worked very well on Thursday and seems back to himself. The races I am considering for him at the moment are: 1 mile handicap (86-105) at Newbury on the 19th May Alternatively we could aim him at the: 1 mile handicap (81-95) at Newmarket on the 18th May 1 mile handicap at York on the 17th May
I will probably enter him in all of them and hopefully we will get the right ground. If he was to win I would not plan to run him again until The Royal Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot.
Fastar is in good order. He worked yesterday morning and he worked very well, so I’m very happy with him. He is ready to run again and I am going to make a plan for him. I will send through some possible races to you as soon as I have been able to have a look through the programme book.