Update: Angelology took out the Australian Steeplechase under a perfect ride by Brad McLean. Heavily supported from $3.50 to run the $2.80 favourite, Angelology scored a 3¾ length win from Wells with Zataglio 1¾ lengths away third.
Melbourne Cup winning jockey Michelle Payne remains in hospital after a fall on Monday, and the family is hoping for a boost with Angelology in today’s $125,000 Australian Steeplechase at Sandown.
Angelology is trained by Michelle’s brother, Patrick, who rates the horse a good chance to complete a successful transition from hurdles to steeplechase racing. The horse is part-owned by two Payne sisters, Maree and Cathy.
Michelle remains in hospital after the fall from a horse trained by Patrick in a race at Mildura on Monday.
A former jockey himself, Patrick said the family had talked to Michelle, the youngest of 10 siblings, about her riding future.
“We tried to talk her out of riding a while ago. We’ve encouraged her to retire but it’s her decision. What more does she have to do?
“But she will make that decision. She is a pig-headed little bugger.”
With his sisters Maree and Cathy as part-owners of Angelology, Patrick sent the seven-year-old over the bigger obstacles for the first time for a last-start Ballarat placing when he conceded 9.5kg to the winner Hucknall.
Payne described Angelology as a family pet but joked it can be difficult training for his sisters, who are married to Melbourne Cup-winning jockeys Kerrin McEvoy and Brett Prebble. “They’ve been giving me instructions for the last week telling me how to train him,” Payne said.
“Cathy’s good to deal with but Maree likes to put her two bobs’ worth in. When she starts to tell me what to do I put the phone down, put the kettle on and make a cup of tea – and when I come back she’s still carrying on. “But it’s great for the family. It gives us all something to talk about.”