Payne Hoping Momentum Swings His Way At Hawkesbury

Trainer David Payne didn’t hesitate to approach stewards to successfully gain permission for Momentum To Win to carry 0.5kg above his allotted weight at Wednesday's midweek meeting at Hawkesbury.

Payne has booked his stable star Ace High’s 2017 Spring Champion Stakes and Victoria Derby winning jockey Tye Angland to ride Momentum To Win at 56kg in the Hawkesbury Race Club Motel Class 2 Handicap (2000m) in a determined bid to lift the gelding back into the winning list.

Animal Kingdom four-year-old Momentum To Win is yet to score in six starts this season, and Angland hasn’t been aboard him in any of his 22 starts to date, although he did ride him in a 910m barrier trial at Rosehill Gardens in June as he was being readied to begin this current campaign.

“I particularly wanted to book Tye for Hawkesbury as he is a difficult horse to ride,” Payne explained.

“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 (barrier 1) to get cover tomorrow. This looks a really suitable race for him, and I expect him to run well.”

Momentum To Win has won twice, the latest when another experienced senior jockey Josh Parr rode him in a Hawkesbury Class 1/Maiden Plate, over the same distance as tomorrow’s race, on March 21.

Payne, who has spelled Ace High following his Melbourne Cup unplaced run behind Cross Counter at Flemington last Tuesday, takes five horses to the Hawkesbury meeting.

His other runners are Commentator (Clarendon Tavern 3YO Benchmark 64 Handicap, 2000m), Dream Child (Robert Oatley Wines Maiden Handicap, 1000m), Heavenly Thunder (Easy Lane F&M Maiden Plate, 1300m), and Rock Zone ( CG&E Maiden Plate, 1300m).

Angland also rides Commentator and Heavenly Thunder, whilst Keagan Latham partners Dream Child and Jason Collett rides Rock Zone.

Though Payne expects Momentum To Win to run well, he is also keen on Commentator’s chances.

“I feel he is the best of my runners,” he said.

The three-year-old has raced only four times and, following a last start third over 1900m at the Canterbury night meeting on October 26, is ready to step up to 2000m at his third start this preparation.

Payne owns 50 per cent of the gelding, who races in the Ace High colours, and cleverly named him after well-known Sydney race caller and analyst Mark Shean.

“The name was a natural,” Payne said. “He is by Poet’s Voice out of a mare called Sheen.”

Copy: Racing NSW

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