Sydney trainers set sights on Brisbane riches
Gerald Ryan is one of a group of high-profile Sydney trainers who have set their sights on plundering some summer riches in Brisbane on Saturday.
The Eagle Farm program boasts three black-type races and Sydney trainers are set to play a hand in two of them.
Ryan, who is based at Rosehill but also has a satellite operation at Murwillumbah on NSW’s north coast, has entered two-year-old Rapid Leica Dane for the Listed Phelan Ready Stakes (1000m).
Chris Waller (Miss Independent), John O’Shea (Lustre Lady), Joe Pride (Michelin Star), Paul Messara (Alverta) and Newcastle horseman Kris Lees (Visa Lisa) all have mares in the mix for the Listed Just Now Hcp (1300m) which has attracted a bumper 29 entries.
Rapid Leica Dane is one of 20 nominations for the colts and geldings race and will be ridden by Brad Pengelly.
He was third to Marking Time on debut at Eagle Farm last month and Ryan said the juvenile should have finished closer.
"He was a bit green, a bit new," Ryan said.
"He got stopped in his tracks a couple of times in the straight and I’m not saying he would have won but he should have finished a clear second.
"He is open to good natural improvement."
Rapid Leica Dane is by Rapid Man, a sire Ryan knows well.
He has several of the stallion’s progeny in his stable and says most of them can gallop.
"I’ve had a heap of them. He’s got a huge strike rate of winners to runners," Ryan said.
One of the best known was Ryan’s former smart galloper Rapid Jacko who won four races in succession in early 2007 before finishing runner-up to El Cambio in that year’s Group Three Run To The Rose.
He was later sold to Hong Kong but has not raced there.
The Listed Calaway Gal Stakes (1000m) for two-year-old fillies rounds out the black-type racing at Eagle Farm with 13 nominations.
They include last start winners Ringa Ringa Rosie, Military Rose, Demanding Miss and Reflection Of Jade.
There is an obvious quinella in the race for omen punters – Ringa Ringa Rosie and the well-named All Fall Down, a daughter of Bradbury’s Luck.
By Mandy Cottell