Australian Thoroughbred

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3/4/2018  Payne high hopes for Ace draw

David Payne hopes Ace High (High Chaparral) is drawn favourably in Saturday’s ATC Australian Derby (Gr 1, 2400m) at Randwick. The three-year-old was drawn wide in barrier ten on his last start in the Rosehill Guineas (Gr 1, 2000m), where he finished sixth, after being forced wide for much of the race. "He was wide all the way. He never had cover so I think it was a 'forgive me' run," Payne said. "I'd like Tye to ride him a bit quieter and let four or five lead him. We rode him like that in the Victoria Derby. He'll be on the speed with a little bit of cover. This is what he's waiting for and he's on track.”

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