MUCHEA trainer Alan Mathews has Forgotten Star and Vintage Stock at Ascot tomorrow for Kingston Town Classic Day and in an update says Rockon Tommy has been sent back to the paddock.
In the Jungle Dawn Classic (1400m) tomorrow Forgotten Star is up against some higher rated mares with even Mathews saying she is a bit out of her league.
The four-year-old mare, who was scratched from the Jungle Mist (1200m) two weeks ago, is competing against mares such as Electric Light, Beautiful Mind, Perfect Jewel and Snowchino.
In October Mathews told TABradio that Forgotten Star finished her winter campaign a bit unlucky she was not stakes-placed in the Belmont Guineas (1600m) and Belmont Oaks (2000m).
“But you know that form doesn’t necessarily hold up going forward – she’s still a low grade horse and she’s a funny little thing – she doesn’t work that great and she’s not brilliant to look at but she just takes her A-grade to the races every time she goes,’’ he said.
In her next start Forgotten Star was second behind Gingin trainer Ashley Maley’s galloper Megazone, on October 26.
In that 1200m handicap race Forgotten Star was well back in the field until just before the home turn but she went on to finish strongly.
Then on November 9 the daughter of Star Witness and Miss Begotten was sixth in a field of 12 in a 1400m handicap at Ascot.
In those races the four-year-old mare was ridden by apprentice jockey Emma Stent but tomorrow jockey Patrick Carbery will be on board.
Mathews said as it was a set weights and penalties race the mares like Electric Light got in well on their weights.
“The grade is a bit out of her league but if it is too difficult we’ll go back and find something easier,’’ he said.
His other runner on Saturday, Vintage Stock, has drawn barrier 10 in the Crown Perth Handicap (2100m).
Mathews said he was happy with her but she needed a race where she could get out and get mobile.
In her last start on November 16 Vintage Stock jumped from barrier one, was held up and did not get to wind up.
“A wide barrier will suit her better than getting caught up like she was last time.’’
He said with the virus that had gone through his stables recently he had also elected to put Rockon Tommy back in the paddock and to start again with him.
After Rockon Tommy’s disappointing last in the Guinness Handicap on October 26 Mathews said he was going to get the vet to look at him and see if there was an excuse for the gelding’s performance.
He said if there was nothing physically wrong maybe Rockon Tommy did not want to be a race horse anymore.
“He had a couple of runs on wet days which he didn’t like.
“Before he used to run on his nerves and now we’ve got him fairly relaxed but maybe that doesn’t suit him.’’
Now that Rockon Tommy had won seven starts and he had to race the better horses maybe he was not up to it.
He praised former trainer the late Bill Doughty for his work with the gelding who had always been difficult but said Rockon Tommy’s sectional times over the last 600m had never been that brilliant.
He said once they had him relaxed it had been hoped he would have something left when he was asked for a finishing effort.