Ford in driver’s seat long way from home
VOLPE got too far back last start and Jay Ford wasn’t going to let that happen again so rode him perfectly to beat the short-priced favourite I Am Serious at Rosehill Gardens.
Yesterday’s pace also helped. Ford got on his bike at the 600m to give Volpe every chance and he didn’t let him down. I Am Serious, a $2 favourite, came home hard from last but the Danny Williamstrained Volpe fought back to hold on by a small margin.
“It was a good effort and he’s obviously done really well during the week for Danny to back him up,” Ford said.
“I had a nice run and they backed it right off so, with 53kg on my back, I put him in the race before the bend. The tempo became very sedate from the half-mile and I thought I may as well put myself into the race.
“I thought the second horse had our measure halfway up the straight but when challenged he responded strongly.”
Williams’s representative Lynden Webb said the horse deserved the win. “He just got too far back last week and the run didn’t knock him about so Danny decided to back him up,’’ Webb said.
“He’s just got to get cover. If you look at his run last week, he was really motoring to the line.
“Jay got him out early and he sat and sat and, when he did go for him, he was there.”
But the decision to start Volpe came on race morning.
“We were just praying it didn’t rain,’’ Webb said. “He can’t stand the wet.’’