McDonald Anxious to Bring Godolphin Runners to Cox Plate or Emirates
Jockey James McDonald is interested in doing a bit of racing in Australia during the spring portion of the 2016 – 2017 racing season and the Godolphin rider would like that riding to be on Scottish.
Scottish’s trainer Charlie Appleby first proposed the trip after Scottish won the Listed Bet 365 Stakes over 2,000 metres at Newbury, where Scottish beat good competition in the form of 2015 Caulfield Cup runner-up Trip To Paris.
Probable targets for Scottish and his team would be the Cox Plate at Moonee Valley of the Emirates Stakes (formerly the McKinnon Stakes) at Flemington.
McDonald thinks that Scottish’s high cruising speed and rapid turn of foot would make him an ideal candidate for Australian Group 1 racing and he has raced well, although coming up short, against Highland Reel, the horse that ran third in the 2015 Cox Plate, where it took high calibre horses Winx and Criterion to beat him.
McDonald sees himself returning to Australia in the first part of August. He has ridden 11 winners in England, three of them coming in one day at Newmarket and another aboard trainer Michael Bell’s Big Orange.
Comparing riding in England to riding in Australia, McDonald feels that the racing is much tighter in Australia, whereas in England, the horses and riders seem to head for the middle of the home straight before the best in the field seizes the win.