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Ryan Looking For Big Spring Canival

Gerald Ryan is looking forward to spring Group One racing with confidence and what appears to be his strongest team for some years.

The trainer says there is no particular reason why his horses are in the spotlight but he is happy they are.

“It’s just one of those things,” Ryan said.

“Some years things just work out better than others, it goes around in cycles.”

Newly turned three-year-olds Rothesay, Hus Der Lieften and Melito head the line-up but perhaps the biggest prize could come the way of proven performer Ready To Lift who is being aimed at this years Melbourne Cup.

The Brisbane Cup runner-up will run in a Rosehill barrier trial on Tuesday ahead of her return in a 1500 metre open handicap at Rosehill on August 15.

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“She looks terrific,” Ryan said.

“She is bigger and stronger and really did well during her spell up at my stable at Murwillumbah.

“She will run in the 1500 metre race first-up, then go to the Premier’s Cup over 1800 metres two weeks later.

“After that she goes to the Kingston Town, the Colin Stephen and the Metropolitan and then we will think about Melbourne.

“She is by More Than Ready and everyone told me she would never get more than 1600 metres but I have always wanted to get her up to two miles (3200m).”

In the more immediate future, Rothesay will run in Saturday’s San Domenico Stakes (1000m) at Randwick in an attempt to cement a berth in the $1 million 2009 Golden Rose (1400m) on August 29 alongside stablemate Hus Der Lieften.


Rothesay made an immediate impact on debut when he beat Stryker over 1100 metres at Rosehill on July 18.

The Chris Waller-trained Stryker had the misfortune to run into Hus Der Lieften in the Rosebud on Saturday and had to settle for another second placing.

The victory lifted Hus Der Lieften’s prizemoney to almost $90,000 without his bonus earnings while Rothesay has $42,000 from his victory.

“Coming back to the 1000 metres is not a concern to me,” Ryan said.

“It will be a big field which should make it a fast field.

“Rothesay needs to earn some more prizemoney to get into the Golden Rose and this looks like the right race for him.”

Silver Slipper winner Melito will be kept against her own sex with her first spring start scheduled for August 22 in the Silver Shadow Stakes, the first leg of the four-race Princess Series.

Article by Caryl Williamson Aapracing

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