The extremely thrilling prospect Bravemansgame got here out on prime within the Ladbrokes King George VI outcomes at Kempton right this moment (26 December 2022).
“This horse has now obtained a approach of going the place I can get into the race with him behind the bridle – he was too eager,” defined 23-year-old Harry, for whom this was a second King George VI victory, when talking to ITV Racing. “I’ve labored out learn how to trip him, Paul has obtained spot him on. He’s an excellent horse and each bit as a lot of a stayer as I believed he was going to be. It is a nice day.
“It means quite a bit. The final one I received was in 2018 [on Clan Des Obeaux] and I undoubtedly didn’t respect it as a lot as I ought to have carried out. It sounds a bit foolish however now I’m 23, I respect these huge days as they don’t come round that usually.”
Harry expanded on the plans for Bravemansgame, a seven-year-old, who’s owned by John Dance and Bryan Drew.
“We now have learnt that he doesn’t take a lot of racing very properly – he places quite a bit into it after which goes fairly mild so he doesn’t need many extra runs than 4 every year,” stated Harry. “If he was mine, I’d now be taking him straight to the Gold Cup [without a run in-between].”
Paul Nicholls, who has now educated a file 13 King George VI winners, confirmed this is able to be the plan for Bravemansgame, who now has three Grade One victories to his identify.
“It was a hell of a race. They went gallop and outdated Frodon gave them lead. Bravemansgame stayed on sturdy and confirmed his strengths. He’s only a maturing horse and now we have educated him for right this moment. He’s not been the simplest to coach, however we all know him now and he’ll go straight to the Cheltenham Gold Cup [in March]”.
The favorite, L’Homme Presse, educated by Venetia Williams and ridden by Charlie Deutsch, jumped to his left all through the right-handed race, impeding Bravemansgame at occasions, notably within the preliminary phases of the race. L’Homme Presse finally unseated Charlie on the final, however neither horse nor jockey had been the more severe for put on.
“L’Homme Presse jumped out left throughout Bravemansgame a good bit, however as a jockey, you don’t wish to take a pull and put your horse in behind in that form of race,” defined Paul. “So Harry ended up simply going a bit wider in order that L’Homme Presse didn’t impede him a lot.”
Frodon, who can also be educated by Paul Nicholls, completed third below Bryony Frost, going off at a value of 18/1.
“I’m very pleased with Frodon as he’s 10 years outdated, happening 11,” stated Paul. “I really like this sport and also you all the time must look ahead and look again.
“It’s unbelievable and I like being on the prime of my sport. I’ve to present particular mentions to Clifford Baker, who has been my head lad for years, Scott Marshall, who rides Bravemansgame on daily basis and Harry, who’s an ever-improving younger jockey – it’s wonderful.”
Venetia Williams’ different runner on this race, bar L’Homme Presse, was Royale Pagaille, who completed second below Tom Scudamore – they went off at a value of 12/1.
Eldorado Allen was fourth below Brendan Powell for coach Joe Tizzard, whereas Ahoy Senor, who has had some points leaping prior to now, seemed to leap round properly sufficient to complete fifth for Scottish coach Lucinda Russell below Derek Fox.
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