The Rab Havlin Blog

A Salisbury and Kempton double-header beckons for a very much in-form Rab Havlin as the FansBet man briefs us on his Wednesday rides.
Rab Havlin  |  13th August 2019

Much has happened since we last spoke… Prior to the weekend I mentioned in my FansBet blog I was hoping for a bit of luck heading off to Newmarket’s July Course on Saturday afternoon for a book of four rides, and so it proved.

The boss’s Leaf Hopper got me off to a great start in the first race on the card, staying on bravely to take the “newcomers” fillies’ maiden. I mentioned in my update that I was hoping she’d enjoy herself and learn plenty; in the event I couldn’t have asked for more, she was a pleasure to ride.

At the opposite end of the card, Waldstern responded positively to his first-time visor and a return to a track we knew he was fond of, recovering from a slow start and then doing the job very nicely to stretch away by over two lengths. It was satisfying to see him showing his real form after a couple of quiet efforts.

I wasn’t called upon on Sunday or Monday, and after just one ride at Nottingham yesterday I’m good and fresh for today’s five ride double-header, beginning at Salisbury in the afternoon followed by Kempton on the all-weather in the evening.

It would certainly be great to keep the positive run going, and at Salisbury I’m looking forward to renewing acquaintances with two fillies I’ve won on before.

Fabulist goes in the 0-85 handicap over a mile at 3.20pm, and is a horse we thought a lot of heading into this season.

That she has so far only managed to achieve a rating of 84 is a bit of a puzzle, as if I’m honest it’s miles below where I thought she’d be by this point.

Looking back at her four races this season she didn’t stay a mile and a quarter at Newbury back in April, before she impressed me when carrying me to victory over a mile in a Newmarket novice back in June, a race which has worked out quite well.

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Next time up she saw too much daylight over a mile at Ascot, before dropping to seven furlongs in a race where they went no gallop early on and it didn’t suit her.

She’s one who undoubtedly takes a bit of knowing, but I’m nonetheless hopeful she can get back on track here.  Half an hour later, Mr Gosden puts me up on Fanny Logan in the mile and a quarter listed fillies’ race at 3.50pm.

The winner of two of her four outings this season, I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed the rain misses the track as her defeats in-between winning both came on rain softened ground, albeit in tougher races and over further than today. She’s the highest rated in the line-up and proved the last day she’s at least listed class. Fingers crossed she can show her quality.

Once those two are done and dusted it’ll be a 70-mile transfer north east up the M3 for me, a journey which hopefully won’t be too fraught as I’m not in action ‘til 7.10pm when I take the leg-up on New Angel for the boss in the seven furlong fillies’ novice.

Being a half-sister to Order Of St George you’d imagine she’ll appreciate further in future, but this looks a good place to start off and it’ll be nice to see her on the track for the first time.

Like Leaf Hopper, I hope this is both enjoyable and educational. A similar outcome would be good, though like all of ours you’d anticipate improvement for a run.

My Wednesday draws to a close with Mr Gosden’s Franz Kafka hopefully in line for a good run in the seven furlong handicap at 8.10pm. I won on him over a mile at Brighton last time out, a race in which he basically carted me for the first three furlongs, so dropping back to this lesser distance is ideal. He’s a Dubawi with plenty of speed so hopefully an easy seven furlongs will see him run well off his current rating of 87.

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