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Fahey eyes Melbourne for Plate victor Angel

Richard Fahey achieved a notable first at Newcastle when the well-backed Angel Gabrial turned the tables on his Chester Cup conqueror Suegioo in the John Smith's Northumberland Plate.

The Malton trainer, who claimed a treble on the card, had come close on several occasions to winning the 'Pitmen's Derby' and throws several runners at it every year.

He appeared to have the perfect candidate this year in the Chester Cup runner-up, who was better off at the weights with Marco Botti's Suegioo, with both horses owned by Dr Marwan Koukash.

Angel Gabrial also had the assistance of crack 3lb apprentice George Chaloner, still on a high from his Wokingham win on Baccarat at Royal Ascot.

Drawn in stall one, Chaloner never let the front two of Ardlui and Glenard get too far clear and when he quickened up a furlong out the race was over.

Suegioo stayed on to be beaten three and a half lengths by the 4/1 favourite, with Repeater coming from stone last turning into the straight to take third for David O'Meara.

Fahey has not ruled out a possible tilt at the Melbourne Cup with Angel Gabrial, whose owner has always had grand designs on winning Australia's showcase race.

"I'm absolutely delighted - we're having a fantastic time at the moment," said Fahey. "It's one of them races you want to put on your CV and it was never in doubt. Most two-milers like him don't have a turn of foot, but he does.

"I was delighted when I saw the draw (one) on Thursday and everything went right, it very rarely does. He maybe got to the front a bit soon because he can run around a bit.

"Any two-miler that can quicken up like him, though, will always win races. George has had a good week, but then we all have. Marwan will probably be thinking about Melbourne now. Whether he'd get in, I don't know, but I'd love to have a runner out there, he's that sort of horse."

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Koukash confirmed Melbourne was on his mind. He said: "I think Angel Gabrial can win a Group race now, he's won that easily off 96. We'll definitely think about Melbourne because he handles all types of ground."

Fahey's day got off to the best possible start when he teamed up with his old stable jockey Paul Hanagan to win Betfred/Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden Stakes with Al Gomry (5/4f) for Sheikh Joaan Al Thani's Al Shaqab Racing. Fahey said: "He learned at lot at York and a step up in trip will suit him. He's no superstar but he's quite nice, a type for nurseries."

Fahey wasted no time in doubling up with Tatlisu and will have taken great pleasure in beating Hanagan into second in the colours of the rider's boss, Hamdan Al Maktoum.

Graham Lee made a mid-race move on Tatlisu (10/1) and quickened up nicely. Muthmir closed to throw down a challenge but he failed to reel in the neck winner.

Danzeno took the Group Three Betfred TV Chipchase Stakes for trainer Michael Appleby Danzeno (9-4) was on a redeeming mission after he hurt himself in the stalls when strongly fancied for a valuable sprint at York just two weeks ago.

Andrew Mullen always looked confident, though, and could have won by further than the three-quarters-of-a-length verdict.


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