Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Queally Won't Get Carried Away Even If Aviate Takes off; Jockey Has Great Chance of Winning the Oaks Tomorrow but Is Keeping Things in Perspective Having Experienced Pain and Suffering in Africa. by Simon Milham

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Queally Won't Get Carried Away Even If Aviate Takes off; Jockey Has Great Chance of Winning the Oaks Tomorrow but Is Keeping Things in Perspective Having Experienced Pain and Suffering in Africa. by Simon Milham

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Byline: Simon Milham

WHATEVER the outcome of tomorrow's Investec Oaks at Epsom, it will not make or break jockey Tom Queally. There is no hint of angst from the Waterford-born rider after deciding to desert Timepiece to partner Aviate in the 1m4f fillies' Classic.

Both are trained by Henry Cecil, who is seeking to win the Group One race for an incredible ninth time.

Queally knows he is fortunate and he is also remarkably aware.

Four weeks ago, he basked in the afterglow of his first Classic victory, only to lose the race in the stewards' room. Special Duty was promoted ahead of the Cecil-trained Jacqueline Quest, who had passed the post a nose in front but drifted across the track, carrying the Frenchtrained 1,000 Guineas favourite with her.

But the Newmarket demotion doesn't rankle with the 25-year-old. 'You see it is like Zambia you why over here complain about a being "Everybody thought I was going to go berserk," said Queally. "We won the race and were thrown out but what can you do? You can't change it.

Tom Queally "It wasn't a tragedy. No one's dead. You just move on. I just felt really sorry for the owner."

Queally's eyes had been opened long before by Barney Curley, his mentor, and "a very close friend, who's always given me good, solid advice".

Legendary gambles have overshadowed Newmarket trainer Curley's tireless work in setting up humanitarian charity Direct Aid For Africa, who have built a school for 1,600 in Zambia.

"A few years ago I went there with Barney," said Queally. "You see what it is like out there and you wonder why people over here complain about the traffic, the weather or a horse getting beaten in a race.

"When you see people dying of Aids, or children walking 10 miles to school, or people with very little food, it really makes you think."

Aviate, unbeaten in three starts, won York's 10-furlong Musidora Stakes under Eddie Ahern last month, despite encountering trouble in running.

But tomorrow at Epsom Queally, who rode five Group One winners last year, will jump back on Prince Khalid Abdulla's homebred daughter of Dansili and Ahern will partner Lingfield Oaks Trial runner-up Timepiece, who is in the same ownership at Warren Place.

"I'm not worried if I've got it wrong.

what I'm not going to moan and kick the dog if Timepiece does win the race, because it will be great for the stable, great for Henry and the Prince, and I'm a team player," insisted Queally.

and horse He added: "Aviate did really well to win at York because she was in a pocket but she showed a nice turn of foot and her class got her out of it.

"I had my mind made up beaten' to ride her for longer than I actually let on, although I worked the two of them last week and I couldn't really split them.

"If they were two maidens, I would pick Timepiece because she works better in the morning, however you have to rise to the big occasion and Aviate does just that. …

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