Hurley is hoping to Call the shots.IMPERIAL CALL's attempt to become the first Irish-trained horse to win the Pertemps King George VI Chase The King George VI Chase is a Grade 1 National Hunt horse race in the United Kingdom for four-year-old and above horses. It is run over a distance of 3 miles (4,828 metres) at Kempton Park Racecourse on Boxing Day. There are eighteen fences to be jumped in the race. for 23 years represents a big moment for trainer Raymond Hurley.
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Hurley, still only 23, rode only twice in a brief point-to-point career and, although he took out a licence last year, his was a low-key affair until he took charge of the 1996 Cheltenham Gold Cup The Cheltenham Gold Cup is a Grade 1 National Hunt horse race in the United Kingdom for five-year-old and above horses. It is run over a distance of 3 miles 2½ furlongs (5,331 metres) on the New Course at Cheltenham Racecourse during the Cheltenham Festival in March. winner.
"I used to ride out for Fergie Sutherland when I was at school, but that was well before Imperial Call's time," said Hurley.
"Five years ago I went to work for Lisselan Farms [owners of Imperial Call] at Clonakilty under Andrew Lee For other persons named Andrew Lee, see Andrew Lee (disambiguation).
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"Fergie retired early in the summer and Imperial Call came to me. He had been rested since the end of February and in mid-May we began riding him out. Because of his previous injury problems we brought him back into work as slowly as we possibly could and we nursed him along. But he came right quite quickly and he has won all except one of his four starts for me."
Imperial Call had two disappointing seasons after winning the Gold Cup but he seems back to his old self. Is he, though, as good as he was?
"That's the question That's the Question is an American quiz game show on GSN, hosted by game show veteran and former Entertainment Tonight reporter, Bob Goen, which premiered in October 2006. everybody is asking, myself included, and I don't have the answer because I had nothing to do with the horse in his Gold Cup days," Hurley said.
"What I do know is that he is in very good form and has been doing everything right."
Before flying over with the horse on Christmas Eve, Hurley's experience of Kempton was limited to watching previous runnings of the King George VI Chase on television.
"I have been to Cheltenham, Doncaster and Windsor, but this is my first time at Kempton.
"It's a flat, right-handed track where they go a gallop. The King George King George has referred to many kings throughout history. When used, by Americans, without further reference it most often means George III of the United Kingdom, against whom the Whigs of the American Revolution rebelled. is often run at a fast pace and it seems sure to be the same again today. But this won't worry Imperial Call-he will have the speed to go with them.
"I don't know Don't know (DK, DKed)
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