‘Medicean Man will grow a leg at Ascot’
Monday 18 June 2012
The focus on Australian trainers has naturally centred on Peter Moody and Paul Messara in the lead-up to this year’s Royal Ascot, but Jeremy Gask is another Australian trainer who will have runners during the next five days.
Gask, who trains in Sutton Veny in Wiltshire, saddles Medicean Man in the King’s Stand Stakes tomorrow against Messara’s Ortensia and High Standing in Saturday’s Wokingham Stakes.
Medicean Man has a fine record at the Berkshire track, having accumulated three wins and a place from six starts and will be ridden by Luke Nolen, Black Caviar’s jockey.
“I hope Ortensia doesn’t run very well, as we’re up against her,” Gask told RSN, an Australian radio station. “He’s a typical Australian sprinting type; well-muscled, good hind quarters and a great turn of foot.”
Medicean Man progressed rapidly last season in an 11-race campaign. His form this season has been below-par but Gask was optimistic his charge could out-run his odds of 50-1.
“The reason we have booked Luke to ride him is that he will suit the Australian style of riding where they get horses travelling strongly on the bridle,” Gask added.
“There have been question marks about his will at the finish and perhaps he doesn’t always find what you’d expect. If he does see too much daylight he doesn’t tend to find the line well.
“His form this year is probably a little off what we would expect. He’s a gross horse that need s a bit of racing and I think he may be underestimated.”
(Listen to the interview between Jeremy Gask and RSN's Shane Anderson below)