Waller’s duo hard to split, it’s a Tye
TYE Angland is in the prime position of having ridden both of trainer Chris Waller’s boom three-year-olds Press Statement and Japonisme in their last-start wins, but even he baulks at predicting the outcome of their clash at Rosehill today.
Angland rides Press Statement in the Group 2 Run To The Rose (1200m) and conceded he is giving away a decided fitness edge to Japonisme.
Press Statement has not raced since completing his undefeated three-race juvenile season in the Group 1 J.J. Atkins Stakes at Doomben in June.
Angland rode Press Statement in two of his three wins last season including the Doomben race, but he is also acutely aware of Japonisme’s capabilities, riding that horse twice including last start when an impressive winner of the Group 3 San Domenico Stakes.
Japonisme ended the unbeaten record of another of last season’s Group 1-winning juveniles, Golden Slipper hero Vancouver, in that race and is rated the $2.40 favourite to strike again for a fifth consecutive win.
But Angland is banking on Press Statement’s sheer class and obvious talent to protect a perfect race record.
“Press Statement is a really promising colt,” Angland said.
“He did a great job to stay unbeaten through his twoyear-old preparation.
“Obviously, going into this race, he is first-up, he does have 60kg, the widest gate and it is a rain-affected track.
“It’s a big ask but if he steps it up from his two-year-old form he is going to be right in the finish.
“On his two trials going into this race, he is not far off his best. This is not his grand final day but I’m confident Press Statement is sure to run well.”
Angland also teams with the Waller stable on the emerging Silverball in the Listed Premier’s Cup (1800m).
Although Angland has not ridden Silverball, the jockey knows the grey well.
“I rode Silverball in Hong Kong when he was called Crackerjack,” Angland said.
“Silverball had good ability there but I think Waller has improved him, as Chris does with so many imports.’’
Silverball resumed with a sixth behind Centre Pivot over 1400m at Rosehill two weeks ago but is much better placed over today’s distance.
“He won second-up last preparation and trained on to win three races in his first prep here,’’ Angland said.
“He’s a horse I’m excited to be riding.”
Angland and Waller could prove a formidable combination today, with the jockey riding Soviet Courage (Race one) and Devil Hawk (Race three) for Sydney’s top trainer.