Ryan keen to keep Chilean Group form
Diana Cazadora has added an international element to Gerald Ryan’s stable with the trainer confident she can bring her Chilean Group One form to Sydney this autumn.
The mare is entered for the Group Three Millie Fox Stakes (1300m) at Rosehill on Saturday as well as the 1400 metre welter.
Ryan will decide which race she runs in after weights are issued but whichever it is, he is more than happy to have her in his care.
"She is a sweet little thing and has pleased me with her work," Ryan said.
"Her form in Chile is on both turf and dirt and she goes like a stayer.
"She won a Group One in Chile over 2000 metres so eventually that’s where she will go here.
"She has been with me since October and was bought with her future as a broodmare in mind and I’m sure she can improve on her record."
Diana Cazadora has raced 11 times for five wins and four placings and although she is listed as a five-year-old, Ryan says she is technically still four.
"She was born in July but because her mare was served before September 1, the (Australian) Stud Book has to classify her as a year older," he said.
There were 21 entries for the Millie Fox including Imananabaa, a new addition to the David Payne stable from New Zealand, and Glowlamp who will be out to shed her tag as the country’s best maiden.
Ryan also entered Beaucoup but said she would have to run in a lesser race in the program as she was the lowest rated horse in the Millie Fox.
He is also hopeful of a good showing from Melito who comes up against Golden Slipper favourite More Joyous in the Silver Slipper Stakes (1100m) for which there were 15 nominations.
Melito ran second to Horizons, a Gai Waterhouse-trained stablemate of More Joyous, in the Widden Stakes on debut.
"She came out of her last race well and Dan Nikolic is going to stick with her," Ryan said.
"The race will tell us whether she is a Golden Slipper horse and if she isn’t, then we won’t push her."
More Joyous is the clear $5 favourite for the $3.5 million Golden Slipper on April 4 with Blue Diamond Stakes runner-up Real Saga at $6.50 the only other runner under double figures.
Melito is at $17 with TAB Sportsbet alongside Marquardt who finished third in the Widden.
By Caryl Williamson