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