David Griffiths hopes Ornate can pick up baton from Take Cover

Tue 23 Apr 2019

David Griffiths hopes Ornate can succeed Take Cover as his stable’s flag-bearer in good sprint races.

The Bawtry trainer acquired Ornate from the Robert Cowell stable a year ago, and the son of Bahamian Bounty showed he was repaying that faith by winning a competitive handicap at Newmarket last week.

Griffiths knows Ornate has a long way to go to emulate Take Cover, who was retired at the end of last season after a career spanning seven years which yielded 15 victories from 49 starts.

The Singspiel gelding, now 12, won the Group Two King George Stakes twice at Glorious Goodwood and other big prizes including the Dubai International Airport World Trophy, the City Walls Stakes and the Beverley Bullet.

“He’s retired. He’s back at (owner) Andrew Hollis’s stud at Norcroft Park,” said Griffiths.

“I went to see him the other day. He looks lovely – he’s fine and good.

“I hope Ornate can fill his boots. They are quite big boots to fill, but he could be on the way there.

“It’s taken long enough, but he was all wrong last year. The ability is there, and he’s going the right way.”

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