King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes: William Muir chasing extra worldwide glory with Pyledriver


Willie Muir will plot a course that might embody a visit to the Breeders’ Cup with spectacular King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner Pyledriver.

On Sunday, the Lambourn handler, who trains in partnership with Chris Grassick, confirmed the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at ParisLongchamp on October 2 would be the five-year-old’s subsequent goal, with the Japan Cup and the Hong Kong Vase additionally into consideration.

“The Breeders’ Cup is after the Arc, so principally the Arc is subsequent on the agenda and as soon as you have received that race, you may have a free entry to the Japan Cup, similar because the Breeders’ Cup, similar as Hong Kong,” mentioned Muir. “We won’t do all of them. It’s not possible to do all the pieces.”

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Pyledriver’s homeowners admitted they had been shocked by the way of his victory within the King George at Ascot on Saturday.

Martin Dwyer, who has partnered Pyledriver in all however 4 of your complete’s 18 profession begins, is at present recuperating following surgical procedure to restore a torn ACL and hinted a visit to Keeneland could possibly be on the playing cards after the Arc.

Muir mentioned: “The three homeowners and me, and undoubtedly Martin – although he’s not driving, he’s a giant a part of this horse’s journey – will determine the place we go after the Arc. The Breeders’ Cup is feasible. We could have a gathering and talk about which means we go, however the Arc is subsequent.”

Pyledriver’s 18-1 success, beating 5 rivals by upwards of two and three-quarter lengths within the mile-and-a-half midsummer Ascot spotlight, was run in a time of just below two and a half minutes.

He was 18 lengths away from Irish Derby winner Westover and 25 lengths in entrance of unfortunate Oaks runner-up Emily Upjohn, who represented the Basic technology.

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Jockey PJ McDonald couldn’t imagine the benefit with which Pyledriver received the King George at Ascot and admits he doubted days like that may ever come once more

Muir, who has been coaching since 1991, feels the victory below jockey PJ McDonald could also be decried in some quarters, as a result of Pyledriver isn’t stabled in an even bigger yard.

“He’s grand, actually good this morning,” Muir reported. “He has come out of the race effectively, he’s very glad. I used to be out with him about 5am this morning and he’s fantastic. “Others might need a hangover, however I do not drink. A couple of of the boys who got here on this morning had been nursing!”

He added: “The horse completely deserves it, but it surely would not make a jot of distinction. “If this horse would have been skilled by Aidan (O’Brien) or by John Gosden, he can be a celebrity.

“It’s no good saying ‘it’s one for the small man’, after which go and say ‘this horse did not carry out or that horse did not carry out, as a result of he did not do this or he missed the break’.

“Earlier than the race, they mentioned, ‘Westover was a incredible winner of the Irish Derby and was an unfortunate loser within the English Derby… Emily Upjohn is the perfect we have ever seen – she bolted up at Sandown and received at York and he or she was unfortunate at Epsom, if she had not have stumbled she’d have received the Oaks… Mishriff received the jockey sacked as a result of he ought to have received the Eclipse final time… the German horse received his Group Two rather well and received final 12 months’s Arc… Broome received the Hardwicke final trip’ – not any giving a point out to Pyledriver!

“Then, after the race, [they say] ‘none of them have carried out’. “However you may’t take something away from him – it was an actual quick time.”

Although the going forward of the Group One contest was formally described nearly as good to agency, Muir felt the bottom rode simpler and was fulsome in his reward for clerk of the course Chris Stickels for producing a floor he described as “good”.

Muir additionally countered those that felt final season’s Arc winner, Germany’s Torquator Tasso, who chased residence Pyledriver, didn’t have his optimum situations.

“I walked the course and truthful play to Chris Stickels. That course was in magnificent situation,” mentioned Muir. “That was good floor. That was not good to agency [good in places], that was lovely, lovely floor. Good floor.

“However all of them overlook, 4 runs in the past, once I was going to Hong Kong, they mentioned, ‘Pyledriver is significantly better on comfortable floor’.

“Now we have now gone and received, we’re longer within the betting for the Arc than the horse who completed second, as a result of they are saying the German horse will recognize comfortable floor! I feel individuals simply do not know what they’re on about.”

Pyledriver is as massive as 16-1 with William Hill for the Arc, with Torquator Tasso usually half these odds to repeat final season’s victory.





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