EbeneNews – AU – Dark Horse: English raider Aspetar prepared for Cox Plate

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With all the attention to the favorites of Cox Plate, Russian Camelot and Arcadia Queen and the mighty Irish challenge of Aidan O’Brien and his son Joseph, a European raider who flew under the radar is Aspetar

Trained in England by Roger Charlton – who has in the past brought riders to Melbourne for the Cup rather than the weight-for-age championship – Aspetar, a lightly raced gelding, enters the plate with a sound, otherwise scintillating, identifiers

But he put together what his team think was arguably the best race of his life last time around when he won in York, England at the end of July, so despite his age – he’s six according to time. of the southern hemisphere – it could still improve

If so, he will take part in Saturday’s $ 5million showdown as a tough, seasoned galloper with extensive experience of international competition at the highest level – attributes that could make him and his great running partner Damian Lane crazy people

Lane knows what is needed, having ridden Japanese star mare Lys Gracieux to victory in the Valley last year and he was on board last Saturday when Charlton’s Australia representative Ben James brought the son Al Kazeem on the track for a pre-plate Gallop and familiarization experience

« He settled in really quickly, after three or four days he was happy and was jumping everywhere, eating really well, » James said of Aspetar’s acclimatization after arriving in Werribee ago. a few weeks

« He traveled a bit in Europe after winning a group 1 in Germany, a group 2 in France and back home, and after traveling to Hong Kong he is good in the routine I couldn’t be happier « 

He was also impressed with the way the horse reacted to the tight Moonee Valley circuit, not the easiest track for a European galloper, the first time he saw it

« We took it there thinking it was an experience as much for the mind as it was for the body, » said James, explaining how the setup of the Australian race was different from that of the ‘Europe

« It was good to get him tied up and up and walked around the assembly yard and have the experience

« We’re glad he’s done enough work. He’ll probably do a nice job on the grass [at Werribee] this week, a nice gallop and swing and will go up the last furlong

« We’re happy with the way he’s doing, the way he’s been out on Saturday and the way he’s going next Saturday »

‘The form is piling up He’s a Group 1 winner in Europe hopefully with the barrier and a race around Moonee Valley we might have a chance, « he said » In York [ his last starting victory in a Group 2 competition against the highly regarded Fox Chairman and Group 1 winner Lord Glitters] he sat down and came up with that devastating run and ran really well It’s a good chance to say it was the best career effort

Michael Lynch is the chief football reporter for The Age and also reports on motorsport and horse racing

WS Cox Plate, horse racing, Caulfield guineas, Roger Charlton, Damien Oliver

EbeneNews – AU – Dark horse: the English raider Aspetar prepared for Cox Plate



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