Paget and Anglesea race today

JOCKEY Matthew Paget hopes to cement a position with the John Shelton stable when he partners Anglesea in the Brushgrove Hotel Patron’s Cup (2113m) at Grafton today.

Paget recently re-located from Port Macquarie to Grafton and has ridden work for Shelton since his arrival, including Anglesea, described by Shelton as “a tricky horse to ride”.

Paget, with good hands, balance and a keen judge of pace, is hopeful of establishing himself with local trainers leading into the annual July Racing Carnival.

Six-year-old Anglesea, raced by Casino-based Kel Sherry, who works at the Grafton abattoirs, and his family, backs up after finishing 10th to Briefing at Grafton over 1710m last Friday.

That was the gelding’s third run from a spell.

“He’s a hard horse to catch,” Shelton admitted.

“His second-up run (fourth, beaten 1.6 lengths to promising One Gun at Grafton on May 10) was very good, then last start he just never got into the race. He just bobbed along and needs encouragement to get into the race at the right time.

“I don’t really think he’s an apprentices horse, he needs a good senior rider.

“Matthew has been riding a bit of work for me since he arrived and ridden Anglesea in trackwork.

“That should be a plus. Knowing the horse helps.

“Anglesea gets up to his right distance tomorrow. Without being confident, you never can by with horses like him, it’s a winnable race and it would be no surprise to see him win.

“He looks good, I’ve kept him ticking over since last week with this race in mind.

“He’s just one of those horses who gets back and needs luck in running.

“The key is to get him going at the right time, out and around them.

“That will be up to Matthew.”

Clarence River Jockey Club officials rated the track a good three on Thursday, conditions that favour Anglesea, two of his three wins coming on dry surfaces.

Shelton said Rowlocks, owned in the same interests as Anglesea, would miss the cup in favour of the 1613m Schweppes Benchmark 45 Hcp.

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