Ribchester is the best horse that Richard Fahey has ever trained, and he boasts the most persuasive form on offer in the 3.30 at Newbury on Saturday. He looks the one to beat on ground that should suit.
Indeed, Fahey’s colt won the 2015 Mill Reef Stakes at Newbury on heavy ground and developed a strikingly progressive thread last season, winning a Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot and a Group 1 at Deauville before finding Minding too good at Ascot last backend. A spin over a trip too far in Meydan in March should have put him cherry-ripe for the Lockinge, and he's a firm fancy.
Galileo Gold needs to bounce back on his seasonal bow after being put in his place by Ribchester last term, while Aclaim has no experience whatsoever in Group 1 class and Lightning Spear was another to be beaten by Ribchester at Deauville last August.