Jockey Tye Angland is confident his ride in Saturday’s Hawkesbury Gold Cup 2015 Ecuador will take some beating in the mile handicap feature.
On Monday 24 gallopers were nominated for this year’s $150,000 Group 3 Panthers Hawkesbury Gold Cup (1600m) including the Gai Waterhouse-trained Ecuador.
One of three in the mix for his trainer, the High Chaparral five-year-old returned off a nearly year-long break with a promising second go fellow Hawkesbury Gold Cup nominee Rugged Cross in the Royal Randwick 100 (1400m) on April 18.
Before that the galloper, a winner of five of his 13 starts so far, was last seen finishing a competitive fourth to Messene in the Group 2 Ajax Stakes (1500m) back in March last year.
He has a super second-up record of two wins and a second from three previous attempts, which is promising as he looks to improve again this weekend off what he did last start.
Angland had the ride on Ecuador in the Randwick 100, and is happy to continue that association heading to Hawkesbury on Saturday at a track the local hoop knows well.
He has twice taken out the Hawkesbury jockey’s premiership, and was champion apprentice at the track two times on top of that.
On Saturday he will look to surpass Tim Clark as the jockey to have ridden the most winners at the track over the year, the pair currently equal with 13 winners each for the past 12 months, which is two more than any other jockeys.
Angland then knows how to ride a Hawkesbury winner and has plenty of tips he shared with Racenet this week.
“You don’t want to be getting wide coming to the corner,” he explained.
“The home corner is quite a tight one and they tend to fan entering the straight so if you come into the turn four and five wide you are likely to enter the straight further out in the track.
“Patience is vital. If you can be stoking up behind them, with the long straight, you should get a run and more often than not the horse remains balanced so they let down better.”
He also said that on Hawkesbury Gold Cup Day, the change of racing pattern allowed the backmarkers their chance.
“At the provincial grade meetings there’s an advantage to be on speed, the backmarkers find it tough but when the good horses come to Hawkesbury for the Saturday meeting you get more genuinely run races,” he said.
“With more tempo, the backmarkers that have had the right runs come right into play.”
He is booked for a runner in every race on the card, but was quick to name Ecuador as one of his top chances.
“His first-up run at Randwick was excellent and he should take good improvement out of it considering it was his first start in more than a year,” Angland said.
“I think he’ll take beating at Hawkesbury.”
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