Freddy Tylicki: Friendly environment to go like a superstar in Epsom Derby | Racing news

Freddy Tylicki is hopeful that Ambiente Friendly can give a good impression of himself and justify his faith in the Epsom Derby.

Now a bloodstock agent, Tylicki, who is also a familiar face in his role as a television pundit, was impressed by the colt after several visits and urged the Gredley family to purchase him at last year’s Tattersalls Craven Breeze Up sale by 80,000 guineas. .

Ambiente Friendly has a 6/1 chance with sponsors for the Main Classic after advancing by four and a half lengths in the Lingfield Derby Trial and also moved in behind Ancient Wisdom, who he will face again on Saturday, in the Group Three Autumn Stakes. in Newmarket.

Tylicki was a stable jockey for trainer James Fanshawe before his career-ending fall at Kempton in 2016 that left him partially paralyzed. The pair enjoyed several top-level winners together, highlighting double Group One winner Speedy Boarding.

The step up in this season’s journey has seen the son of Gleneagles find another gear and it would be a stirring success for Tylicki if Ambiente Friendly puts on a big race at Surrey Downs.

Tylicki told Tattersalls: “The day before the breeze came up I met Mr (Bill) Gredley and he said ‘try to find me a good boarder’, he didn’t want a fast guy. So I went and did my homework. and I met this guy.

“I looked at it before the breeze and it made a tick on the page. Then I looked at it in the breeze, and it was straight as the barrel of a gun.

“When I went to see him afterwards, there was something about him. His whole physicality, his presence, his honesty in his eyes, it all clicked for me, and I actually went to see him four times in total.

“Long story short, he was the one I really wanted, so I said to Mr Gredley ‘try and buy this guy’, and luckily he did.

“I wouldn’t trade him for anything. If I could ride him, I’d love to put my leg around him. I think he’ll go around Tattenham Corner like an absolute superstar.

“The way he traveled at Lingfield around that corner, nine times out of 10 when they drive that corner, they will drive Epsom. “If he pulls out in the early stages, which I think he will because he’s grown a lot and getting a lot better, I think! You will have a great opportunity!”

Racing and jumping have been an integral part of the Gredley family’s life and Tim Gredley, who hopes to make the British show jumping team for the Paris Olympics, added: “We would be really delighted if he finished in the top three.” . or four.

“There are a couple of horses that are superstars but underperformed. Ours could also improve a lot from the last race.”

“I think the Fanshawes did a fantastic job of taking him to the first race at Newmarket (on his season debut) not quite finished and at Lingfield he looked really good, so there could still be some improvements.”

He added: “It’s the Derby, whatever they say, as an Englishman, winning the Epsom Derby is the most important thing you can do. I love the history; I love the whole tradition of the race, so to be able to say you’ve won.” That’s definitely a little more special.”

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