Losing a key component of any team a few days out from a big test is never ideal for a sports team, especially a $1.5 million horse race.
Grahame Begg and Dosh’s connections will go into Saturday’s Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield without the filly’s regular rider Jordan Childs.
Childs suffered a severe shoulder injury in a fall at The Valley last Friday night. The jockey underwent surgery over the weekend and will be out for at least three months.
Dosh’s trainer Grahame Begg moved quickly to secure Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Jye McNeil to ride the unbeaten filly in the Blue Diamond.
“We were onto it fairly early as we knew things didn’t look too promising for him (Childs) and we were able to get onto things on Saturday morning,” Begg said.
“It’s disappointing because it’s something out of our control.
“But that’s racing I guess.”
Jordan Childs rode Dosh to victory in the Group 3 Blue Diamond Preview at Caulfield.Source:Getty Images
McNeil has a chance to get to know Dosh is a gallop at Caulfield on Tuesday morning but Begg said the Rich Enuff filly was an easy horse to ride, especially in a high-pressure Blue Diamond.
“I don’t think it will have a lot of effect on her chances,” Begg said.
“She’s a push-button type of horse that is very easy to ride.
“Jordan knows her inside out but it’s a sprint race with fast horses so it won’t be too much of a problem for Jye.”
Begg studied the recent Blue Diamond history before deciding to bypass the Group 2 Blue Diamond Prelude on February 6 with Dosh.
He gave the filly a jumpout at Caulfield last Tuesday to keep her fitness levels up before a quiet weekend.
“She’s just had a quiet time since the jumpout. She did a little bit of work on the grass on Saturday morning,” Begg said.
Begg and Childs combined to win the 2018 Blue Diamond with Written By, who went on to run fourth in that year’s Golden Slipper.
Originally published asBegg fills Dosh Blue Diamond void with Cup winner
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