Angland off to France for Alverta ride

Tye Angland is relishing the opportunity to ride on the world stage and flew out of Sydney on Thursday to embark on his second international experience in the past two months.

Angland will ride the Paul Messara-trained Alverta in Sunday’s Group One Prix Maurice de Gheest (1300m) at Deauville in France after he partnered the mare to third in the Group One July Cup in England last month.

He said the Australian mare only had to reproduce a performance similar to her July Cup run to be very hard to beat in France.

Angland was given the opportunity to ride Alverta in two races in England – the Golden Jubilee and July Cup – and stayed in the UK for a month experiencing the British racing scene and riding work at Newmarket.

Messara stuck with Angland in the international races after he rode the mare to victory in the Group One Coolmore Classic at Rosehill earlier in the year.


“It’s a very big feather in my hat, I’m shocked that I’ve been able to go to France to ride her as well as England,” Angland said before leaving Sydney.

“I never dreamt of it, I thought of doing it but never thought I’d partner an Australian horse over in England and France.

“I arrive in Paris on Friday morning and have a couple of days to have a look about, and the race is on Sunday.

“Paul sent me some photos of Alverta, she looks great, so hopefully she can just reproduce the run she did in the July Cup and she’ll be hard to beat.”

Angland hasn’t seen Alverta in the flesh since leaving England to return to Australia last month but said the mare was really thriving at the time.

“She was the best I’ve seen her,” he said.

“She looked immaculate. She had muscled back up, put the weight back on that she lost on the trip over there, and she was thriving.”

Alverta was beaten just over a length in the July Cup (1200m) won by Starspangledbanner with Equiano finishing second.

It was a much-improved showing after her 14th in the Golden Jubilee at her first overseas start.

“It was definitely her best run of her career,” Angland said of the July Cup performance.

“She was taking on world-class Group One horses and she ran the King’s Stand and Golden Jubilee horses down to a length.

“The whole team couldn’t have been happier.”