Litigant will move up ranks
Winning Ebor trainer Joseph Tuite will now move his stable star Litigant up the ranks and possibly for a tilt in France and at Ascot Champions day after landing the weekend feautre at York in the style of a top level performer under jockey Oisin Murphy.
Beset with problems in keeping Litigant sound and not able to send the horse to the track as much as they would have liked Tuite was reporting all was well after the win and the celbrations for the yard.
“The horse is 100 per cent sound and skipped up the yard this morning. I think we’ll go for the Prix du Cadran or the staying race at Ascot on Champions Day, but we might try to do both as there’s very little else for him. There are two weeks in between, so we can go to France first and if he’s all right take a chance at Ascot.
“That would be it for the year. He doesn’t want fast ground but is unlikely to get it then.”
“It meant a lot to me to get home and get my staff out last night to celebrate, as you’re only as good as your staff in this game. They’re the people I deal with every day and some of the owners were there too, which was nice.”
After the win on Saturday, Oisin Murphy was full of praise and acknowldged the job the trainer has done.
“I take my hat off to Joe Tuite, because I worked this horse a few times and he wouldn’t work to 60. With a bit of ease in the ground he’s a different horse – I must say he’s bolted up today.”
“They went a good gallop, but he’s got enough class. In fairness to George Baker, he told me this is a Group horse, obviously having had so few runs and been off for so long it’s hard to see it but he was proved right.”
Immediately after the win at the weekend Tuite had revealved the struggles in reaching this moment.
“Two years ago I nearly walked away. I had sick horses and had just five winners in my third season. I was very close to packing it in. Horses can do that to you sometimes, but we had faith. We had a good year last year and we nearly won the Super Sprint this year, but I’ll take this instead. You go in the history books if you win this. This is a legends race and he’s won it from nearly 500 days off the track.”
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