Gerald Ryan’s 2009 Golden Rose stocks have been halved but the trainer still believes he can pull off a win in the season’s first Group One event.
Leading contender Rothesay was found to have a viral infection last week throwing his spring campaign into disarray.
But stablemate Hus Der Lieften has continued to please his trainer and will run in Saturday’s Run To The Rose (1300m) ahead of the $1 million 1400m feature on August 29.
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The colt overhauled Stryker to win The Rosebud (1200m) on August 1 and cement his claims for the Golden Rose 2009.
“He’s fine and will run Saturday,” Ryan said.
“Another two horses in the stable also have high temperatures like Rothesay.
“But they aren’t sick and if it wasn’t for the temperatures you wouldn’t know there was anything wrong.
“Rothesay had to have antibiotics so that has put him three weeks behind.
“He will run on September 12 and now the plan is to go to the Stan Fox and the 2009 Caulfield Guineas.”
The Chris Waller-trained Stryker will also contest the Run To The Rose after racking up his fourth minor placing last start.
“He is also entered for Canterbury on Wednesday just as a precaution in case it looks as if he won’t get a run on Saturday,” Waller said.
The trainer is keen to get Stryker into a race where he is not forced to lead and set himself up to be run down.
Prior to his half length defeat by Hus Der Lieften, Stryker was collared by Rothesay in an 1100 metre race on July 18.
The powerful Darley operation will be represented by Denman on Saturday with trainer Peter Snowden pleased with the son of Lonhro since his arrival in Sydney from Melbourne.
“He has done very well,” Snowden said.
“He won’t have any trouble with the Sydney direction. A lot of his work in Melbourne has been done the right-handed way.”
A new addition to the Group One ranks, the Golden Rose will be the richest race of the Sydney spring carnival.
Article by Caryl Williamson Aapracing