O'Sullivan racks up treble - from NZ
Trainer Paul O'Sullivan was in no position, geographically at least, to be issuing explicit instructions yesterday, but he didn't mind a bit when regular backmarker Amazing Journey found himself in the box seat before winning the Lincoln Handicap (1,600m).
The New Zealand was back in the land of the long white cloud preparing for the sales today, but it didn't stop O'Sullivan landing a treble with Brave Heart, Amazing Journey and the Stewards' Cup victor, Fellowship.
For Amazing Journey, it was just that, sixth time lucky in Class Three in winning with some authority after apprentice Keith Yeung Ming-lun took the bull by the horns in the early stages.
'No, there was no plan to be as close as he was, but my attitude with the apprentice riders is to give them a set of instructions but also the freedom to use their initiative and that's what Keith did,' said O'Sullivan.
'He was going to be caught off the track if he stayed where he was and, even as I was watching it, I was happy that he went forward instead of being wide. 'It's not something that we've done before with the horse, racing so handy, but then he hasn't often had much luck with barriers to be able to do anything like that, especially in his Class Three runs in the past.'
Elvstroem three-year-old Brave Heart (Douglas Whyte) has put together a useful record already with two wins and a second from three runs and there is more to come after the Exter Handicap (1,400m).
'He's been perfectly placed by Paul but, by the same token, he's done nothing wrong,' said Whyte.
'Brave Heart's a horse who could have gone either way, because he can be a bit temperamental, but he is enjoying his racing. With the big weight and hitting the front a fair way out today, he had excuses to throw in the towel but he didn't.
'He fought off a few different challengers down the straight and I think he'll be even more effective when he gets to a mile.'