Payne holds all the Aces

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JOCKEY T ye An gland de­scribed Ace High as the “per­fect horse” for a charge at this week­end’ s Group 1 Spring Cham­pion Stakes (2 0 0 0m) Royal Rand wick.

A ng­land rode t he son of High Chap arr alto vic­tory in the Gloam­ing Stakes (1800m) at Rose hill on Septem­ber 23, where he held off Go dol­phin runner Sanc­tioned.

It showed he’s poised to strike to­mor­row in a race that sets up well for him.

“He fi­nally got up to his right trip last start where he proved he’s the per­fect horse go­ing into a Spring Cham­pi­ons takes ,” An gland said.

“I’m con­fi­dent I’m on the right horse and thebes thing about him is that’ s he’s go ito up close mak­ing his own luck.

“His last start showed that he’s def­i­nitely go­ing to get he trip where a few of the other horses re prob­a­bly go­ing to be a bit vul­ner­a­ble at 2000m .”

An gland rode Ace High ear­lier in the year where he wasn’t a fac­tor over shorter dis­tance sand said he’s re­lied on the judge­ment of trainer David Pay new ho has been pa­tient.

“I rode him as a two-yearold and Davidl ways told me he’d be a bet­ter three old up over trip and this is where we’ve got him to now ,” An gland said.

“David knows what he’s do­ing when he’s got the right horse so I’ve al­ways been hap py to be on boa rd. T here’s a few oth­ers that look chances but you never knows what can hap - pen in a Spring Cham­pion.

“Her an right through the line a this last tip where not many of the oth­ers d id so that boosts my con­fi­dence .”

Payne watched on as Ace High had a gal­lop Tues­day morn­ing and said he couldn’ t be hap­pier with how he’s look­ing ahead of the Group 1 event.

“We didn’ t ask him to do too much. We just opened is pipes up a lit­tle ,” he said.

“He’s lovely horse. If you look at him he’s a beau­ti­ful in­di­vid­ual and is well-bred as well.

“He’s bred to do this. I’d say he’s look i ng for 2 0 0 0m-plus and we’ ll at the Vic­to­ria Derby if he co mesh rough this well .”

Payne’ s other runner in the race, Co les berg, fin­ished 8.6 lengths off Ace Hig hi Gloam­ing Stakes, but n ally gets a good gate (3) and wi be able to push for­ward ith Jason Coll et ton board.

“He’s look­ing the trip as well. The last fewimes he’s drawn badly and we’ve had to go too far back with the firm tracks we haven’ t been able to make up the g round,” Payne said.

“I want him to bea lit- t le bit closer if pos­si­ble.

“I’d say he’s two or three lengths off Ace High and he’s def­i­nitely an each-way chance .”

James Cum­mings has Asto - ria and Sanc­tioned in the race

while As­to­ria looks to be on the mprove, h is sta­ble­mate was just 1.3 lengths be­hind Ace High in the Gloam­ing and can re­verse the re­sult this time.

“In five starts to date he’s not shirked the task once ,” Cumm­ngs said.

“He’s just go­ing ahead in his own time and if he hap­pens to pro­duce h is best per for mance here, fourth up in a Group 1 I’d be de­lighted .”

Jockey Tye Ang­land will reunite with Ace High in the Spring Cham­pion Stakes at Rand­wick to­mor­row.

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