Future still Rosey for Gerald Ryan
Hus Der Lieften remains on track for the $1 million Golden Rose despite finishing unplaced behind crack colt Denman at his final lead up run – but his biggest hurdle now could be gaining a start in the Group One race.
Hus Der Lieften was one of the early fancies for the Golden Rose before losing some of his lustre when sixth to Denman in The Run To The Rose (1300m) at Rosehill on Saturday.
Trainer Gerald Ryan said the colt had come through the run well but was looking for more ground.
"He’s good as gold," Ryan said.
"Second-up over 1300 metres, it was always going to be very awkward.
"He was always going to be vulnerable second-up.
"The only worry about the Golden Rose is it’s going to be too short for my horse and he’s borderline to get a run."
Prior to The Run To The Rose, Hus Der Lieften was 21st in the order of entry for the Golden Rose (1400m) at Rosehill on Saturday week.
He was an impressive winner of The Rosebud (1200m) first-up on August 1 but being by Hussonet out of a Sunday Silence mare, Ryan expects him to be at his best over 2000 metres.
As a result, Ryan has earmarked the Group One Spring Champion Stakes over that distance on October 4 as his main mission.
Ryan also reported stablemate Rothesay was continuing to improve after an elevated temperature forced the Rosehill trainer to abandon his Golden Rose aspirations for the colt.
Rothesay will have his next start in a restricted race on Theo Marks Stakes day, September 12.