(Courtesy of http://www.fasttrack.hk)
Quote of the week comes from trainer Tony Millard after he had to withdraw his Ambitious Dragon from the Gold Cup due to an injury sustained after its last run: “The stewards grilled my jockey, Zac Purton, on the day to ask why the favourite didn’t win, but I was a bit surprised they didn’t ask (Brett) Prebble what he was thinking when he came out and into the favourite so early in the race.”
The Year of the Snake looks like being a key year for Prebble who looks like he has lost the huge support he was once having from the powerful John Moore stable and now gets tossed a few crumbs while his association with Dennis Yip came to an end early this season.
What’s more- or less- in the Hong Kong BMW Derby Umberto Rispoli is booked to ride Blazing Speed for usually loyal supporter and amigo Caspar Fownes.
At the important Chinese Year Meeting on Tuesday, Prebble has a measly six rides in the eleven race card, something which would have been unheard of a few seasons ago when the Melbourne Cup winning jockey would always have a full book of rides.