Kelleway gives Boudot his Epsom debut

Ocovango and P-C Boudon

Ocovango and P-C Boudon

There’s something of an international feel to my postings today. You may already have seen articles about colour clashes in Ireland and an Antipodean jockey trying his hand with Charlie Hills, and now it’s time for the French Connection.

Young jockey Pierre-Charles Boudot is booked to ride Ocovango for Andre Fabre in Saturday’s Derby. It will be only the second ride in England for the 20 year old, having finished third on Brigantin in the Ascot Gold Cup in 2011. He sounded confident in a recent interview for the British Champions Series that neither the atmosphere nor the particular problems of Epsom’s ups, downs and turns would prove a problem for his mount. Boudot said, “I know my horse and he is in good shape. We discovered the track together, which is an advantage. He didn’t seem to have any trouble coming round Tattenham Corner, nor coming down the hill. He managed to find his balance despite the strong drop in the final straight. He went well.”

The two had run round the course together at a Breakfast With The Stars event last week. Whilst Boudot felt that went well for him, he put out a plea for a ride either tomorrow or early on Saturday to give him the opportunity to try out the track under racing conditions.

Newmarket trainer Gay Kelleway responded, and will ride her unraced two year old Soul Of Motion in the Woodcote Stakes, over six furlongs. It means Boudot will get a run round Tattenham Corner before his Derby ride. He’s ridden a winner for Kellaway before, partnering her Holy Warrior to success in a Listed race at Cagnes-sur-Mer in February, so she was perhaps one of the more likely trainers to respond.

Kellaway said, “I read in the Racing Post that Pierre-Charles was looking for a ride before the Derby and I’m pleased to be able to help him to. I know him really well. He has ridden a couple of times for me and I am more than happy to use him. He is a very good jockey, and he gave Holy Warrior a fantastic ride, having never sat on him before.”

Boudot won’t be caught out by unfamiliarity with his ride in the Derby; he’s ridden the colt to win all his three races. But the track…that’s another thing altogether.

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