Ford in driver’s seat long way from home

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - RACING - MATT JONES

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.’’

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