While his brother ties the knot, Tye draws Ace High in fea­ture

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - SPORT - RAY THOMAS BRAD DAVID­SON

TYE Ang­land had the most dif­fi­cult of choices to make – does he ride the favourite in a Group 1 race at Rand­wick or travel in­ter­state to at­tend his brother’s wed­ding.

The tal­ented jockey ended up win­ning the fi­nal ma­jor in Syd­ney this year on Ace High in the Spring Cham­pion Stakes (2000m) yes­ter­day, but still there was some re­gret.

“It wasn’t an easy de­ci­sion to make but Cody gave me his bless­ing to ride,’’ Ang­land said.

“I can’t even make it to the re­cep­tion be­cause it is in the mid­dle of nowhere at a place called Spring­sure (near Emer­ald) in cen­tral Queens­land.

“But I’m sure they have had a great day and as he said ‘you don’t get many chances to win a Group 1 at Rand­wick’.’’

Ang­land pro­duced a bril­liant, front-run­ning ride as Ace High ($3.20 favourite) held off the late surge of Tan­gled ($5.50) to win by a nose, with Sully ($8.50) one-and-a-half lengths away third. Ang­land was later fined $4000 for ex­ces­sive whip use.

Ace High be­came the 10th to com­plete the Gloam­ing Stakes-Spring Cham­pion Stakes dou­ble.

“When you are on the best stayer, you go for­ward and try to break their hearts,’’ Ang­land said.

“I was on empty late, but the easy sec­tion­als early that I got right paid div­i­dends.”

Trainer David Payne pre­pared his 107th Group 1 win­ner with Ace High and is now likely to aim the colt at the Vic­to­ria Derby (2500m) at Flem­ing­ton on Novem­ber 4.

“I think he is go­ing to be a bet­ter horse when he can fol­low some­thing but to­day we had to make it a stayer’s race.’’ Payne said.

“He is def­i­nitely a Derby horse, that’s when you can give him a bit of a breather. I’m keen on the Derby as I’ve had Cri­te­rion, Prae­cido and Hono­rius and they all ran well, but Ace High’s the best of them.”

THREE days ago Ron Quin­ton’s ca­reer was at the cross­roads.

But yes­ter­day the Rand­wick trainer was on top of the world as his two hon­est mares Dixie Blos­soms and Day­see Doom pro­duced the quinella in the Group 3 Angst Stakes (1600m).

Stew­ards did not pe­nalise Quin­ton on Thurs­day af­ter deem­ing two pos­i­tive cobalt tests from his sta­ble were likely recorded from le­gal horse feed used by the pop­u­lar trainer.

BREAK­ING HEARTS: Ace High (right) holds out Tan­gles at Rand­wick yes­ter­day. Pic­ture: Jenny Evans

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