Jacqueline Coward: Pevensey returning to the Flat after five-year hiatus
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By Stuart Riley 1:25PM 12 JUL 2016
NINE years ago, Pevensey was trained by John Quinn and won the Duke of Edinburgh Handicap at Royal Ascot under Graham Gibbons off a mark of 90. Today he lines up in a lady riders’ handicap for Jacqueline Coward as a 14-year-old rated 60.
A lot of water has passed under the bridge since that royal meeting success. Pevensey, who has not run on the Flat under rules for more than five years – 1,859 days to be exact – has spent the last three seasons point-to-pointing.
Coward explained: “He’s not going to go on much longer, so we thought we’d give him his last few runs in these kind of races.
“He needs fast ground so he ran only once in the point-to-point season and we’ve done all the hard work getting him fit so we thought we might as well go for this.
“I think it will be too sharp for him here, but there are some longer races at Carlisle coming up, so that’s the plan – as long as he comes out of the stalls. I had him in them the other day but he can be a bit of a monkey and does what he likes and he’s been pointing for so long so he might think ‘You want me to come out of here at 100 miles per hour, I don’t think so!’.”
Not the only old timer
Pevensey is now the only 14-year-old lining up for the Dorothy Laird Memorial Trophy as Thomas Cuthbert withdrew fellow teenager Edas due to the ground.
Despite 68 starts, Pevensey still has some catching up to do with 11-year-old General Tufto, who has his 183rd start in a race that provided David Bridgwater’s daughter Poppy with her first winner last year. She is back for another go on her mount, ten-year-old Engai.
The teenage theme does not begin and end in the female riders’ race, however, as earlier on the card 13-year-old Steel City Boy has his 157th start in division two of the 5f handicap.