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Raceday LIVE – Aspire To Glory

Kempton, Wed 13 Dec 2023 17:00

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Aspire To Glory
Aspire To Glory runs today for the Coral Racing Club in the 17:00 Nursery Handicap (Class 6) over seven furlongs at Kempton.

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Raceday LIVE Preview

Aspire To Glory makes his 8th career start today, and his third since a break at the end of summer.

He stepped up to a mile last time out and finished 8th after weakening in the final furlong of the race having raced prominently throughout, so with that in mind, Alice has decided to return him to the seven furlong trip where he finished 5th in the two runs prior at Kempton and Chelmsford.

In addition to the drop back in trip, Alice informed us in her latest update that she would be applying headgear (a hood) to Aspire To Glory, which she hopes will help sharpen his focus on the job at hand.
Aspire To Glory on the gallops at Alice Haynes' yard in Newmarket

Raceday message from Alice Haynes

Aspire To Glory’s most promising run so far was two races ago, when he finished fifth over seven furlongs at Chelmsford, and while we initially thought he would appreciate the step up to a mile last time, that proved not to be the case. He did pull very hard early on, so I don’t think it was just about the distance though, he weakened towards the end because of the energy he used up early on.

To help him settle better this time, we’re running him in a hood for the first time. This should calm him down in the preliminaries, and hopefully make him less keen in the early part of the race so he won’t expend unnecessary energy, and so be better placed to really finish the race strongly. A hood can also just help a horse concentrate on the job in hand too, rather than having them looking around.

This is Aspire To Glory’s eighth run, and while he’s not yet shown us on the track what he does on the gallops at home, I still have plenty of confidence in him and one day the penny will drop with him!

Prize money

Today's Class 6 contest is worth £6,000 in total, with the winner set to scoop £3,140.40 for their lucky owners.

2nd place: £1,472.60 | 3rd place: £736.20 | 4th place: £368.40 | 5th place: £183.60

As part of the Owner for the Day competitions we launch here on the Coral Racing Club website once one of the club's horses has been entered in a race, each of the 10 lucky winners who get the chance to attend as an owner also get to take home an equal 10% split of any prize money won.

Trainer and jockey form

Alice has had a fairly quiet few weeks recently, with the flat turf season winding down over previous months and there only being a limited number of all-weather cards taking place. She's only had 10 runners in the last 3 weeks, all of which have come in low grade contests, returning no winners.

Tommie Jakes rides for the Coral Racing Club for the first time today. The young apprentice got his first winner earlier this year in March, when victorious onboard twelve year old Suzi's Connosisseur at Lingfield. He claims seven pounds off of Aspire To Glory's handicap this afternoon, meaning our gelding will be carrying the second lowest weight in the race.

Racing Post Spotlight Comment on Aspire To Glory

"Hinted at ability when fifth of nine at Chelmsford (7f, Polytrack) last month (form worked out well), but pulled too hard back there (1m; first-time cheekpieces) 12 days later; hood given a go this time, but his wide draw poses a problem."

Today's opposition

  • Perfect Spring has the best recent form in the race, finishing less than a length down in second over six furlongs last time out. Oisin Murphy is booked to ride the Andrew Balding trained filly.
  • Hand Jive is an interesting prospect for Richard Kingscote and Charlie Johnston. The colt finished half a length back in fourth when last seen running over today's trip and returns to seven furlongs after a less than ideal run over six furlongs last week.
  • Birkie Boy finished third last time out (behind Perfect Spring) but did get off the mark in October at Brighton. He's officially rated two pounds lower than Aspire To Glory, but also gets seven more taken off with claimer Alicia Perkins onboard.


Did you know?

Aspire To Glory joined the club back in April with trainer Alice Haynes as an unnamed racehorse, so we put the power in our Coral Racing Club members' hands to suggest a name for him via a competition, with the winning prize including an Ultimate Owner for the Day experience for his debut run, including travel and accomodation.

The competition was won by Keith from Yorkshire.

Thanks for reading today's Raceday LIVE Preview. Don't forget to tune in just before 17:00 to watch Aspire To Glory's next run for the club.

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