The Mouseketeer with Nooresh Juglall aboard
(Photo : JC Photos)
AUGUST STAKES (Grade 3)
Vaal, Sand, 1200m
27 August 2011
Whenever apprentice Nooresh Juglall rides a winner, a photograph of that victory is posted on his bedroom wall writes Jack Milner for Tab Online. When he piloted home The Mouseketeer (Kahal (GB) - Look Sharp) from the Sean Tarry yard to win the August Stakes over 1200m on the Vaal sand on Saturday, he recorded his 56th winner.
“How many winners will you need to have before you stop putting the picture on your wall?” inquired Tellytrack presenter Julie Alexander.
“When I retire,” came the quick response from Juglall.
At the rate he is going the 20-year-old will need his own private gallery in which to hang them as he is certainly riding with both dexterity and confidence.
“It was always my dream to be a jockey and when I was younger I used to put pictures of top jockeys on my bedroom wall,” explained Juglall. “Then my mother asked me ‘when are you going to put pictures of yourself on your wall’, so that’s what I’ve been doing.”
Another wall on which Juglall will appear is that of television personality Neil Andrews, who is joint owner of the four-year-old colt.
The Mouseketeer, who went off at 6-1, was the best-weighted runner in the Grade 3 August Stakes but the question remained as to whether he would have a successful debut on the sand. He was carrying just 52.5kg and had the advantage of a No 1 draw. Juglall got him out in a flash and always had him up with the pace as Piere Strydom took the lead on Master Blaster, who was surprisingly backed in to start as 7-2 favourite.
As Strydom stated in his column in Saturday morning’s Racing Express: “I ride Master Blaster who is drawn well and has a lot of speed. But on merit rating he’s out at the weights and he is held on form by Bouquet-Garni. He would prefer 1450m and, in all honesty, a lot has to go wrong for the others for him to win here.”
He proved spot on as 300m out Master Blaster was a spent force and The Mouseketeer burst into the lead with Prime Mover challenging on his outside. In the meantime Across The Ice, Tarry’s second runner, started progressing in the centre of the track and was running on best of all. The line came in time for The Mouseketeer who finished a neck clear of his stablemate with Prime Mover another 1.50 lengths back in third.
Secret Life, who lost his chances when slow out the stalls, ran on to take fourth place from Master Blaster.
Clearly, after such a successful run, The Mouseketeer is likely to be aimed at the Grade 2 Emerald Cup at the end of next month. “Yes, definitely,” said Juglall. “He was very comfortable on the sand and I think he will be better suited to 1450m anyway. I just hope Mr Tarry will give me the ride again. I must say a big thanks to Mr Tarry because, when I asked for a ride, I asked for Tilbury (in Race 6) and he put me on The Mouseketeer - I think he made the right decision. The horse was working very well at home and we said, if he loves the track today, he will definitely win the race. We jumped well; I gave him every chance. The horse gave me a nice feeling and he won a very decent race. Mr Tarry spoke to me in the morning and asked if I can do him a favour and win this race. Here we go Mr Tarry, this one is for you!”
One must also not ignore the Emerald Cup chances of Across The Ice who had to overcome a bad draw. He was making up ground steadily at the end and was one of the only horses to run on comprehensively.
The race once again proved the advantage of a good draw around the turn on the sand and a similar piece of fortune is what connections of The Mouseketeer will be hoping for in the Emerald Cup.
Extract from Tab Online
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