Luckless Le Val shows his true colours with emphatic first-up win   Leave a comment

Luckless Le Val shows his true colours with emphatic first-up win

Doyle has always believed Le Val could become the best horse he has trained — a huge call given he saddled multiple Group 1 winner Kinjite in the early 1990s.

Le Val defied a betting drift to score a strong first-up win at Doomben. Picture: Grant P

Le Val defied a betting drift to score a strong first-up win at Doomben. Picture: Grant Peters Source: Supplied

VETERAN trainer Noel Doyle made the stunning call that Le Val would have been “Cox Plate material’’ if the muscular sprinter had not been so injury-plagued.

But the son of Snitzel has been constantly injured and had several major setbacks including a fractured pelvis, a leg injury and he has also had throat surgery.

First-up since last December, Le Val defied a huge betting drift to win in sensational style and give Tim Bell an early double at Doomben.

Bell, last season’s Brisbane riding premiership winner, has endured a recent run of outs but was all smiles as he burst back into the winner’s circle on the four-year-old.

Doyle, the astute Gold Coast trainer, was even happier as Le Val surged from midfield to claim an emphatic victory in the One Metro Win Handicap.

But he couldn’t help reflect on what might have been.

“This horse would have been Cox Plate material if he was 100 per cent sound, but he’s just been plagued by injury,’’ Doyle said. “He obviously won’t make the Cox Plate now but we will still have a lot of fun with him if we can keep him together. He is so untapped.

Trainer Noel Doyle has never lost faith in Le Val. Picture: Peter Bull

Trainer Noel Doyle has never lost faith in Le Val. Picture: Peter Bull Source: News Limited

“It’s an effort for him but he has got so much ability this horse that it is just a darn shame that he has been injured so often.

“He has had so many accidents and problems. I just hope I can get him home in one piece today. He is a day to day proposition so we will just take each day as it comes.’’

Bell, who rode Le Val in his first race start in April 2013, was excited that Le Val is starting to bridge the gap between potential and performance.

“Right from the start, I always thought this fellow was a Group horse in the making,’’ Bell said. “I haven’t had many winners lately so let’s hope this is the start of many more for me.’’

Early in Le Val’s career, Doyle was speaking about the galloper in the same glowing terms as his three-time Group 1 winner Kinjite, who claimed the Epsom, George Ryder Stakes and Spring Champion Stakes in the early 1990s.

Kinjite also ran second to Super Impose in the star-studded 1992 Cox Plate.

Saturday’s win at Doomben might have been a low-key race but Doyle was ecstatic about the win given Le Val’s injury dramas.

“I thought in the run that if they didn’t get out of his way, he would go over the top of them,’’ Doyle smiled. “He is a bit boisterous and a super galloper.’’

Originally published as Luckless Le Val shows his true colours

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Posted July 19, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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