The team behind Avienus will continue forward at Ascot and the Kingston Town Classic despite a disappointing tenth placed finish in the Railway Stakes on the weekend.
Trainer Mark Webb says that performance wasn’t a true indication of the horses ability as she was ridden forward outside her comfort zone.
It was the type of ride talked about prior to the Cox Plate when Avienus was drawn in a wide gate.
The two options that day were to go back and look for luck or press to the front, a strategy that had never worked for her previously.
They elected for the second option that day and it failed them as she tailed off.
With that in mind the instructions to jockey Craig Williams in a similar predicament in the Railway Stakes were to go back.
He didn’t, and Webb was clearly frustrated albeit quite diplomatic.
“The fence was off and, in her recent runs, her best efforts have been when she has come from off the speed so that’s what we wanted to do,” Webb said.
“Craig said after the race that when she jumped so well, he didn’t want to snag her back.
“Craig’s a wonderful rider, but that wasn’t what we had planned.”
The mare will now be prepared for the 1800m, $500,000 Group 1 Kingston Town Classic and is reportedly still in pristine condition.
Williams will not have the ride again though with Brad Rawiller tipped to pick it up.
Railway Stakes runner up on protest He’s Remarkable will return to New Zealand with trainer Roger James still chasing that elusive Group 1 win.
They will try and get it in the Doncaster Handicap where the horse is surely due for a change in fortunes after that highly controversial decision.