Ace hoop Craig Williams has been confirmed to ride Sam Kavanagh’s American-bred stayer Tales Of Grimm in the 2015 Scone Cup this Friday in country New South Wales.
The headline race on the two day Scone Cup Carnival, this year’s $200,000 Listed Emirates Park Scone Cup (1600m) attracted 21 nominations earlier in the week, one of the confirmed acceptors from the early entries being Kavanagh’s Distorted Humor six-year-old Tales Of Grimm.
A winner of just three of his 19 starts to date, the imported galloper only debuted down under in early February when winning first-up over 1200m to defeat Tahitian Black by a neck at Rosehill.
After that his next run was a disappointing eighth behind San Diego in a Benchmark 85 over 1350m, which he failed to really improve on next time when seventh to the Chris Waller-trained import Rugged Cross in the Royal Randwick 100 (1400m) on April 18.
That’s a run the Rosehill-based Kavanagh is hoping Tales Of Grimm can improve on when he is stepped up out over a mile for the first time in Australia on Friday.
The galloper has had six attempts over 1600m for just the one third place finish, the latest being a sixth of 28 runners in the Royal Hunt Cup at Ascot last June.
Kerrin McEvoy has ridden Tales Of Grimm for two of his three runs in Australia to date, including the victory, and apprentice Brodie Loy had the other Rosehill ride to give the 61.5kg allocated horse some weight relief.
This week however in an attempt to fire Tales Of Grimm up Kavanagh will put Group 1 winning hoop Williams in the saddle.
Williams has secured a strong book of rides over the weekend with commitments at Scone on Friday and then Morphettville in Adelaide on Saturday for The Goodwood Day in South Australia.
To help the champion jockey meet his riding obligations, the plane leaving from Mascot will land earlier than first scheduled so he has time to make the 8:45pm (AEST) last flight from Sydney to Adelaide for Saturday’s race day.
All four of his Scone Cup Day rides are for Kavanagh.
In Adelaide he has five mounts lined-up including Gregers in the $500,000 Group 1 The Darley Goodwood (1200m).
The David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained daughter of Commands is one of 17 final acceptors in The Goodwood field this Adelaide Autumn Racing Carnival.
She is drawn a treat in barrier six for Saturday and comes off a close second when only just nosed out of the Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m) win at the same track by Peter & Paul Snowden’s former Blue Diamond Stakes winner Miracles Of Life on May 2.
Current The Goodwood odds at Ladbrokes.com.au are led by Emirates Stakes winner Hucklebuck ($4.40) who came up trumps with barrier three and the market mover Black Heart Bart ($4.80) shooting for his fifth win on the trot.
Gregers meanwhile represents good value at $15 to become the fifth mare in the past six years to beat home the boys in The Goodwood joining Velocitea (2010), Lone Rock (2011), Black Caviar (2012) and most recently Platelet (2013).
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