Patience the key to Intuit
Trainer Gerald Ryan is hoping his patience with filly Intuit will reap instant rewards in Saturday’s Triscay Stakes at Rosehill.
The 1200 metre race is the three-year-old’s first start since her seventh to star Samantha Miss in the Group One Flight Stakes (1600m) in October last year.
Ryan said the slow track that day took its toll on Intuit and he decided to give her a lengthy spell.
"She’s a tall, stretchy filly and I backed her up in three runs pretty quickly before the Flight," Ryan said.
"I just thought she needed a bit more time and I think she’s benefited from it.
"She’s been back in work since early December and has done very well."
Prior to the Flight Stakes, Intuit got within a half head of Sara’s Choice in a thrilling finish to the Listed Reginald Allen Quality Handicap (1400m) at Randwick in September.
"I’ve always had a big opinion of her, she won a maiden at Hawkesbury and I threw her straight into the Keith Mackay and she was very unlucky in that race," Ryan said.
Intuit was blocked for a run in the Listed Keith Mackay (1200m) as a juvenile and ran fourth to Shoboard.
"She was shin sore after that and we gave her a good spell," Ryan said.
Ryan said he blamed himself for Intuit’s first-up second to Miss Razyana at Canterbury over 1250 metres in August after he told jockey Dan Nikolic to lead on the filly.
But she made a triumphant return to the track when given a quieter ride by Kerrin McEvoy over 1100 metres a couple of weeks later.
Nikolic has the ride for Saturday where Intuit has drawn barrier 14.
"That gate hasn’t helped but they’ll go fast in front, she’ll get back and will be hitting the line well," Ryan said.
Ryan is expecting Ahdashim to return to the winners’ circle in the All Occasion Cruises Handicap (1100m).
The Elusive Quality gelding was defeated for the first time in four starts at Rosehill on January 31 when fifth to Bhutane Dane.
"He got blocked for a run, so hopefully the bad luck is all used up with him, he’s a very nice horse and I’m expecting him to run a top race," Ryan said.
Nikolic also has the ride on Ahdashim.
By Russell Jackson