Jockey Glen Boss has a number of promising rides on the Cox Plate Day card in Melbourne on Saturday including Chivalry in the 2014 Moonee Valley Vase who he rates to improve over the extra distance.
One of the key support races on the program this weekend, the $200,000 Group 2 Dilmah Exceptional Teas Vase (2040m) attracted a total of 24 three-year-olds including Mark Kavanagh’s Street Cry colt Chivalry.
The youngster won first-up at Caulfield in the Group 3 H.D.F. McNeil Stakes (1200m) on august 30 but hasn’t won again since.
Boss was aboard in the McNeil and for the horse’s three following runs, the most recent of which was a fifth behind Shooting To Win in the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) on October 11.
He had a wide barrier 12 (of 13) draw in the Guineas and was eased out the back after the jump and forced to race wide.
He made up good ground late down the middle of the track however and Boss believed his effort to be beaten only three and a half lengths in the end was better than it reads on paper.
“I think his run in the Caulfield Guineas was much better than it looked because he was chasing for the first 800m, they just went too quick for him and he didn’t find his stride,” Boss told TVN on Tuesday.
“When he finally caught up and got in to a rhythm they went again, it was like two races and he just wasn’t comfortable.”
In the Moonee Valley Vase Chivalry will go out over further than a mile for the first time and it is this step up in distance that Boss believes will help get him closer again.
“Going up in distance should be perfect for him on Saturday,” he said.
Chivalry will be facing a tough field of rivals however with plenty of talent among the Moonee Valley Vase nominations this year including the Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas-trained Group 1 winning filly Go Indy Go and a host of 2014 Victoria Derby-bound hopes including UCI Stakes runner-up Atmosphere from the New Zealand stables of Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young.
Boss though remains confident in his mount with Chivalry working well at Moonee Valley’s breakfast with the best this morning.
“From his work this morning I’d definitely say he has come through the run (in the Caulfield Guineas) in good shape,” he said.
Final fields for all the Moonee Valley races on Saturday, including the Vase, are out on Wednesday so stay tuned.
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