Aaim Prospers in Cesarewitch
1 Aaim To Prosper 16/1
The young jockey has been a regular pilot aboard Meehan inmates this term and repaid the trainer’s faith in him by stealing the limelight in the second leg of the autumn double.
Meehan said: “Louis did a great job and gave him a copybook ride.
“I am really pleased for both the horse and jockey, and Louis comes down and rides out at Manton every Thursday.
“The horse ran really well in this race last year and he is a lovely, big horse with a big future.
“I don’t know what we will do next. I will talk to the owner and take it from there.”
BEUZELIN CELEBRATES BIGGEST WIN THANKS TO AAIM TO PROSPER
Barbados-born jockey Louis-Philippe Beuzelin recorded his biggest victory to date when Aaim To Prosper won the totesport.com Cesarewitch.
The 19-year-old was watched by his parents, Jean-Louis and Sylvie, and his sister Chloe, who had flown in from his home country.
Beuzelin, who is apprenticed to Sir Michael Stoute and has lived in Britain for two and a half years, said of the Brian Meehan-trained Aaim To Please (who he had never ridden in public): “That was really nice! I’ve watched his recent races and he tends to come off the bridle [after hitting the front], but he took me there.
“I was in front at the four-furlong marker, and I thought ‘we’re there too early’, but at the same time he was coming back underneath me and travelling well so I thought I’d better keep going.
“From there he tried all the way, although I thought the runner-up [La Vecchia Scuola] was going to catch me inside the final furlong.
“It’s perfect to ride my biggest winner on such a special occasion.”
He was involved in a bad car crash back home just under a year ago and it has taken time to get back his confidence and build up the number of rides.
He said: “I was not getting a lot of rides and my confidence was going. I kept thinking I was going downhill when I was by myself but Sir Michael Stoute has been a great help to me. In chats with him, he told me to relax which I have been doing. A ride in any race is a passion for me.”
“SHE’S ONE IN A MILLION”
Scottish trainer Jim Goldie was effusive in his praise of his mare La Vecchia Scuola after her fine second in the totesport.com Cesarewitch Handicap. She was the only horse able to chase down the winner Aaim To Prosper and was just beaten a neck on the line.
“We are delighted,” said Goldie, “and we thought we were going to win. She is all class this mare - she is all talent.
“She won over five furlongs for Dandy Nicholls as a three-year-old and has won over two mileson the Flat and over hurdles for me - she is rated 140 over hurdles. She is one in a million.
“William gave her a fantastic ride and he is brilliant on rides such as this. The plan was to drop her out and wait and hunt away. William got the job done and at the half-mile pole I thought we were going to win!
“We will see how we come out of this - there is the November Handicap, but it might be a bit too short for her.”
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