Archedemus causes upset in The Gong

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Archedemus causes upset in The Gong


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Jay Ford has turned again the clock with a daring journey aboard Workforce Hawkes gelding Archedemus

Jockey Jay Ford has turned again the clock with a daring journey aboard Workforce Hawkes gelding Archedemus to win the $1 million The Gong.

Ford was the common companion of champion sprinter Takeover Goal, who he rode to eight Group One wins throughout the 2000s, and has been primarily plying his commerce on the provincial circuit this 12 months.

However he made essentially the most of his alternative aboard Archedemus in The Gong (1600m) at Saturday’s stand-alone Kembla Grange assembly, stalking chief Optimistic Peace all through.

Regardless of the pace showing real, Ford upped the tempo across the nook and it proved a profitable transfer.

“The plan was to steer however when Optimistic Peace cleared out we simply sat off,” Ford mentioned.

“I believed we went fairly managed and that’s why I turned it up from the 700 and I believed his greatest probability was if we might get a break on the sphere.

“He maintained his gallop all the way in which and was courageous when Daybreak Passage challenged him. A much-deserved win for the horse.”

Ford was having his first race journey on Archedemus, who solely arrived on the Hawkes secure in the beginning of the spring.

Co-trainer Michael Hawkes mentioned Archedemus was one in all two horses they took over for Superhorse’s Ross Williams and each have blossomed.

“Ross Williams, the proprietor, gave me a name and requested if we’d take this horse on and Angel Of Fact and I mentioned sure,” Hawkes mentioned.

“It was one thing we determined to do and to attempt to get each horses again to type.

“Angel Of Fact almost received a Metrop and this bloke, nicely now he’s received a Gong so he’s nicely and really again to type.”

Hawkes had been glad with the seven-year-old’s lead up type and mentioned Ford did a beautiful job to learn the tempo of the race.

“He’s the form of horse the place you’ve obtained to go that half a size faster than slower and simply try to get his psychological angle proper,” Hawkes mentioned.

“Most likely midway out I used to be apprehensive they had been going just a little bit too fast. It was a really tenacious and gutsy effort and all credit score to Jay and the horse, they’ve positively come collectively on the precise day.”

In what turned a two-horse battle over the ultimate stretch, Daybreak Passage ($5 fav) loomed as much as problem Archedemus ($18) however the winner gave a robust kick, holding the Tulloch Lodge galloper at bay by a brief neck.

Native Assume It Over ($41) ran the race of his life one other 1-1/2 lengths away third.

Crushed jockey Tim Clark mentioned Daybreak Passage tried arduous however ran right into a extra seasoned rival.

“We obtained previous the winner however he has simply out-toughed him,” Clark mentioned.

James McDonald and Chris Waller had a day trip with 4 winners apiece, combining for 3 of them with Bigboyroy, Accountability and Matowi.

Waller was additionally profitable with Hulk, ridden by Tommy Berry, whereas McDonald’s different win got here aboard the Jason Coyle-trained Mo’s Crown.

 



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