Ventura Rebel the ‘horse to beat’ in Weatherbys Super Sprint, says three times race winner Fahey

Richard Fahey is confident he has the horse to beat in the £250,000 Weatherbys Super Sprint at Newbury on Saturday 20th July where Ventura Rebel will spearhead his attempt to win a fourth edition of the race in seven runnings. 

The Malton trainer, successful in 2013, 2015 and 2017, could run as many as five horses in the unique race for two-year-olds for which 43 horses stood their ground after the five-day entry stage.

And in Ventura Rebel, who suffered his sole defeat at Royal Ascot when he went down by a neck to A’Ali in the Group 2 Norfolk Stakes, he trains the challenger with the standout form who is set to spurn further Group opportunities to run at Newbury next. Ventura Rebel changed hands after winning his first two starts at Thirsk and Ascot, where he beat Wesley Ward hotpot Lady Pauline, to run at the royal meeting in the colours of Abdullah Menahi.

“I just think this is the ideal race for him,” said Fahey, also set to run Queen Mary Stakes sixth Mighty Spirit. “We might just leave him in the Prix Robert Papin but I am keen enough to go to Newbury. Without being particularly rude, he’ll be the one to beat.

“Mighty Spirit definitely runs. I know she got beat the other day at Beverley but she was probably showing the exertions of Ascot and it might have been a nice filly that beat her. Her form is pretty good. We could have four or five all told.”

 The Weatherbys Super Sprint is restricted to horses who cost £63,000 or less at public auction. Weights are determined by the sale price. Ventura Rebel cost £28,000 as a yearling and will carry 9st.

Fahey first won the race in 2013 with Peniaphobia and further success has followed in two year intervals, with Lathom in 2015 and Bengali Boys in 2017. His five 2019 entries are completed by Show Me Show Me, Baileys In Bloom and Bond’s Boy. 

“The Weatherbys Super Sprint has been a lucky race for us but they have been decent horses that have won it,” he said. “We deal at the lower end of the market and these are races that I expect myself to win.”

There are eight entries from the most successful stable in the race’s 28 year history with Richard Hannon responsible for eight of the acceptors. Hannon’s father Richard snr won the prize seven times before passing the mantle to his son who has registered two victories, the latest 12 months ago with Ginger Nut. Separate, a Lingfield winner, is the highest rated of his team.

The Weatherbys Super Sprint is the feature race on a seven-race card that also includes the second running of the £100,000 Marsh Cup, the Group 3 Bet365 Hackwood Stakes and Listed Bet365 Stakes.

Legendary singer Tom Jones will take to the Party in the Paddock stage after racing to perform a 90-minute set. Grandstand tickets are still available to purchase by visiting newburyracecourse.co.uk

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