Paul Carberry will revive old memories when he teams up with trainer Nicky Richards to ride Monet’s Garden in the Amlin 1965 Chase at Ascot tomorrow.
Although this will be the first time the Irish jockey has got the leg up on the grey, he has ridden many winners for the Greystoke stable.
His first success over fences at the Cheltenham Festival came on Unguided Missile, trained by Richards’ late father Gordon, in the William Hill Trophy Handicap Chase 11 years ago.
And the booking is a timely boost for Carberry, who next week begins a 30-day suspension for failing an alcohol breath test in Ireland.
“He goes back a long way with Greystoke,” said Richards. “He used to ride an awful lot of winners for father and I think we gave him his first Cheltenham winner over fences.
“He ain’t a bad jockey and it’s great to have him.”
Monet’s Garden goes to Ascot on the back of victory in the Old Roan Chase at Aintree last month.
“He’s just been in normal training since then and he’s in good form,” Richards went on. “For that sort of money you never get an easy race. We go there and enjoy the day hopefully.
“He’s won an Ascot Chase and was second to Kauto Star in another, so he’s had a couple of good races there.”
Connections of Voy Por Ustedes are hopeful rather than confident the five-time Grade One winner can make a winning start to the campaign.
The eight-year-old, trained by Alan King, signed off in triumphant fashion in the Melling Chase at Aintree in April and is a course winner.
“The horse is fit and well, he’s ready to run, but like many of Alan’s horses he probably might need it,” said Barry Simpson, racing manager to owner Sir Robert Ogden.
“Hopefully he’ll run a good race. As you would expect, it’s competitive. It’s a starting point for us, that’s how we are looking at it.
“It’s a good starting opportunity for him, but it is extremely competitive. Alan’s horses have definitely needed a run, so we’re going there hopeful but not confident.
“We just hope he can come back where he left off last season. Alan’s been happy with him and the work he’s done but this horse has had some tough seasons and he’s competed against the very best.”