By Brad Gray
Tye Angland is a jockey right at the top of his game at the moment with 12 winners and 11 placings from 41 rides so far in May and that good form looks set to continue at Scone on Saturday.
“It is a good book of rides and I’ve been lucky of late to get some really good support from the top line trainers which is making my job a little bit easier,” Angland said.
Of his eight rides, Angland was quick to highlight Godolphin’s progressive stayer Interlocuter in the opening race of the meeting, who he steered to a seven length demolition of his rivals at Wyong last start.
“It was a small field and he outclassed them that day but he ran time and his racing manners were good. I’ve got a lot of confidence off that win and I think he is a horse with a big future over here,” said Angland.
“He was a bit unlucky at Newcastle first-up before Wyong where he ran his last 600m in 33.7s which is pretty impressive.
“This is a stepping stone to get him into bigger and better races.”
Interlocuter's Wyong romp
Angland has already forged a strong relationship with Godolphin’s current head trainer Darren Beadman and will go down in history as riding Beadman’s first winner, having guided Malahat to an all-the-way victory at Canterbury on Wednesday.
“I’ve been riding in a handful of trials for Godolphin for a while now and I think I’ve gone about 12 or 13 rides for six or seven winners so it’s been good. I’m at a stage in my career where I need a backbone, as in a trainer that will give me good support and once you start riding winners everyone else jumps on board.”
Angland will also throw on the royal blue silks before he legs aboard talented two-year-old filly Almanzora in the Segenhoe Stud Woodlands Stakes (1100m).
“She ran in the Percy Sykes so obviously Godolphin have an opinion of her if they are throwing her in stakes races. She is drawn well and comes off a really nice trial at Randwick.”
Angland rode Shillelagh to score in the Godolphin Crown at Hawkesbury and with Scone currently in the Good range, he is confident that she can repeat the dose in the Emirates Park Dark Jewel Classic (1400m).
Shillelagh's Hawkesbury win
“When she strikes wet tracks her wheels spin and she can’t show that nice turn of foot that she has. She has drawn well and her win was very impressive at Hawkesbury. She came from a long way off them and was dominant through the line. I thought that was the sign of a nice mare.”
“She is lining up against a similar sort of field so I’m pretty confident that she’ll be there to win again.” Four of Angland’s eight rides are for the Snowden stable with perhaps the best of them being last start winner Gibraltar Girl in the Listed Coolmore Denise’s Joy Stakes (1100m).
“She is not the best on a softish tracks so it was good to see her let down (at Randwick) but she just couldn’t maintain that sprint for as long as she can on a good track so I thought her win was impressive,” Angland said.
“She only just got there on the line but the horse that ran second to her (Tessera) was a bit unlucky at the Gold Coast the other day so the form holds up.”
Meanwhile, Angland highlighted the form around Gold Symphony as a pointer to his chances first-up in the Listed Yarraman Park Luskin Star Stakes (1300m) while he expects Dothraki to be thereabouts again in the Listed Arrowfield Ortensia Stakes (1100m).
“(Gold Symphony) has run behind some nice horses like Antonio Giuseppe, Religify, Ecuador and Happy Clapper so I’m happy to be riding him.”
“Dothraki has got to a point in his career where he is high up in the ratings but if he gets the right amount of luck and the right tempo he’ll be right there. You’ve just got to catch him on the right day.”