The Sportsman Weekend

Collett’s big chance

Singapore star Aramayo looks a leading Epsom hope


IT may be her first ride on the horse, but no one knows Epsom contender Aramayo better than Alysha Collett.

A former Godolphin galloper, Aramayo rose to prominence abroad, lauded as one of Singapore’s star performers at the same time

Collett herself was a regular visitor to winner’s stall at Kranji.

“Aramayo was one of the better horses up there,” Collett told Sportsman.

“You’ve seen what The Inferno has come down here and done and they were a couple of the leading horses there while I was up in Singapore.”

Not that she needed any extra insight vis-a-vie the son of Poet’s Voice, but Collett was able to seek a more recent update on the gelding’s current state of health and wellbeing from her brother, Jason, who rode him in the Tramway and Bill Ritchie.

“I asked Jason how Aramayo was going if it was going to be a good ride in the Epsom and he was pretty pleased with his runs both times,” Collett said.

“Aramayo’s first-up run was really good, obviously just in behind Zaaki and running home really well,” Collett said.

“Last start, it was a race that suited horses up front but he still ran home really, really well too and he goes up to the mile with no weight on his back, so hopefully that is the key to him.

“Obviously he is very well placed but that’s what Chris Waller does. He’s got other runners in the race who are in the same situation in that they are better horses compared to their weight.”

Collett’s chances of a famous Epsom/Metrop double rely – in part – on Aramayo’s stablemate Charms Star who aims for only her second career win in the 2400m Group 1 on Saturday.

“She is jumping up from the mile to the 2400m but that’s no worry, Chris knows what he is doing,” Collett said.

“She doesn’t look like a horse that will over-race, she is a really dour looking type of horse. Obviously she settles off-pace and gets relaxed.

“She’s got a lightweigh­t and I think you will see her running out nice 2400 metres.”

Charms Star’s lone win to date was in a 1600m maiden at Wanganui where she drew barrier 14 of 14 yet still managed to put three-lengths on her rivals at the finish.

Soon after, daughter of Per Incanto finished a length second to star Te Akau filly Amarelinha in the New Zealand Oaks.

Charms Star underlined her ‘classic’ status over this side of the Tasman during the Winter when a distant but closing second to Duais in the 2200m Queensland Oaks.

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