Rosehill trainer David Payne has turned to 11-time group 1-winning hoop Tye Angland in a bid to give Momentum To Win exactly that at Hawkesbury today.
Payne has been given dispensation by stewards for the gelding to carry an extra half-kilogram in a 2000-metre class 2 handicap as the four-year-old chases a first win in almost eight months. That March 27 victory came over the same track and distance and Payne told Racing NSW he believes Angland, who will ride at 56 kilograms, could be the missing link after six starts without success.
“I particularly wanted to book Tye for Hawkesbury as he is a difficult horse to ride,” Payne said. “If you bounce him out, he can bolt with you. He has to get cover in his races and needs a strong boy on top to do that. Tye fits the bill. Momentum To Win is drawn ideally [in barrier one] to get cover. This looks a really suitable race for him, and I expect him to run well.”
It will be the first time Angland has ridden Momentum To Win on race day but he was aboard for a barrier trial in June at Rosehill.