SPRING CHAMPION STAKES
Payne holds all the Aces
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.