Alex Ferguson enjoys Ascot success with CLIFFS OF CAPRI
The inaugural running of the Amateur Jockeys Association Handicap over 7f was held on Friday 5 October at Ascot for gentleman amateur riders. With an initial entry of 18, 7 went to post.
Held up early on, CLIFFS OF CAPRI under Alex Ferguson made progress from halfway to lead inside the final 2 furlongs and win by 2 1/4 lengths from Freddie Mitchell and MANTON GRANGE, with Patrick Millman and DADDIES GIRL a head 3rd.
This completed a double on the day for trainer Jamie Osborne together with an amateur double with CLIFFS OF CAPRI at Ascot this season, having been successful here under Gina Andrew back in July when winning the ladies’ Longines. “We have a good record here, mainly on the straight track” he said “I don’t know why – it must be the way we train them. They come home well. It’s been a lucky place for us!”
Jamie added that he originally booked Patrick Mullins for the ride and when Patrick rang him to say he was unavailable whilst he travelling to Goffs with John Ferguson, Alex’s father immediately put him in for the ride. Well done Alex on a great ride!