No summer break for UK-bound Chadwick
Matthew Chadwick will forgo an off-season holiday in favour of an educational trip to England, riding in the prestigious Shergar Jockey Cup at Ascot, but also hoping to further his development under the tutelage of trainer Charlie Hills.
Chadwick made sure he departs on a high with a win on Rocket Proud for Tony Cruz, who played a key role in negotiating the overseas stint.
'When I was in Dubai to ride California Memory, Tony introduced me to Charlie and he asked me then if I would be interested in going to England, we kept in touch after that and decided on a month-long stay,' Chadwick said. 'I don't get a holiday, but I am looking forward to the experience.'
The Shergar Jockey Cup is a team competition featuring four three-rider squads, of which Chadwick has been chosen for the 'Rest Of The World' to compete on August 11.
Cruz said Rocket Proud, who took 31 starts to grab his maiden win, had the unfortunate combination of not having much ability, but also being particularly unlucky. 'He is a jinx horse,' Cruz said. 'He always seems to draw the outside and dropping from gate 14 last start into barrier two helped him a hell of a lot. That was the difference. I was happy with the way Matthew rode him. He stayed out of trouble.'
The trainer saw a brighter future for his first winner of the day, Regency Champion, who broke through impressively at his fifth start with Tye Angland aboard.
'After his second start, at the start of the season, he pulled up injured - two tendons and a suspensory - he was really hurt,' Cruz said. 'We spelled him and took our time brining him back. Last time out over 1,000m was slightly too short for him. Today the step up to 1,200m made the difference.'
Angland said there was plenty of improvement left in a horse he called a 'big, green baby'.
'He jumped, showed speed and did everything right until he straightened,' Angland said. 'When Bear Elite gave him something to chase, it probably helped him, but when he hit the front he was a bit green and wanted to hang in.'