By Brad Gray
Some horses run better for certain jockeys. That’s no secret, and it certainly looks to be the case for Tye Angland and Chris Waller’s colt Seaway.
Angland has ridden the Ocean Park three-year-old on three occasions for two wins and a second, which was on debut back in November. The pair combine again on Saturday at Rosehil Gardens in the Sydney’s West App Handicap (1500m).
“Some horses appreciate different riders, for sure,” said Angland, “Little things they do on them, the way they can get a horse to relax or positions jockeys can put them into.”
Two starts ago Angland guided Seaway to a soft victory at Canterbury before Angland was forced to watch him from the sidelines last start due to suspension but Angland liked what he saw given Seaway was back to 1400m and drew awkwardly.
“I thought his last run was really good getting back from the wide gate. If he wasn’t a horse that overraced you probably could have ridden him out and put him into a spot but if you do that with him he can overdo it so you have to be mindful,” he said.
“He can get going a little bit hard so you have to be kind and work with him.
“In his two wins I’ve been able to get him home he has had everything go his way, having had a good run throughout and come through at the right time to be very dominant.”
Angland concedes that Seaway’s talented stablemate I Am Serious will be the one he’ll be keeping an eye out for but it is expected that she will be giving away a start to Seaway having drawn 12 of 12.
It’s a strong book of rides for Angland, who finds himself 16 wins adrift from Brenton Avdulla in the Metro Jockey Premiership. Another key ride is the John O’Shea-trained Irish Bet, with Angland finally getting to link up with the two-year-old at the races.
“I’ve put him through a handful of trials and he has really given me a good feel so I’m glad to get on him race day. I think it’s an ideal little race for him for his first run this back off a little break,” he said.
“I was meant to ride him on two occasions but was already committed to other horses so it’s good to finally get on him at the right time. He has run good times in his trials and was pretty dominant when he won the Inglis Nursery so I’m not too concerned with the weight he has got.”
Among Angland's other engagements at Rosehill are Our Belisa, with Angland suggesting she'll be at her best when she gets out to a mile, and the enigmatic Harper’s Choice having trialled impressively at Warwick Farm recently with Angland in the saddle.
“He has to come to the races and do it now. His two runs have been okay and he is looking for the trip. We’ll definitely see where he is at come Saturday,” Angland said.
Seaway is currently rated $3.10 with TAB Fixed Odds, with I Am Serious the $2.60 favourite.
The last time Angland and Seaway combined