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Melito shines at Rosehill trials


david_hayesMelito and Pressday both turned in strong performances at Tuesday’s Rosehill barrier trials.

Melito, trained by Gerald Ryan, recorded a narrow but decisive win over 900 metres when the four-year-old mare stopped the clock at 54.20 seconds.


“She trialled good, it was very pleasing,” Ryan said. “She sat third out three-wide and a length off them, then overpowered them in the straight.

“She’s in good order.”

Ryan is yet to finalise where Melito will kick off her autumn ,with Saturday week’s Group II Breeders Classic (1200m) at Randwick and the Listed Triscay Stakes (1200m) seven days later, the two races being considered.

“We’ll just see how she comes through today before I make a final decision,” Ryan said.

Pressday is gearing up for his return and he looked good running 53.95 seconds when recording a three quarter length win in a 900 metre heat.

“He felt great, he’s flying,” Pressday’s jockey Nash Rawiller said. “We wanted him to do a bit this morning to knock some of the freshness out of him and he felt great.”

Pressday is programmed to resume at Randwick on February 12 in the Group II Royal Sovereign Stakes (1200m) with the Group II Hobartville Stakes (1400m) on his agenda a fortnight later, before the Group I Randwick Guineas (1600m) at Warwick Farm on March 12.

Meanwhile, on the Golden Slipper front, the Clarry Conners-trained Satin Shoes kicked off her autumn campaign with a 4-3/4 length trial win in the slick time of 53.95 seconds.

Satin Shoes created a good impression on debut back in October when beating the Tim Martin-trained Anevay, who franked the form when finishing second on Australia day in a Blue Diamond Preview.

“She trialled really nice, I’m very happy with her,” Conners said. “All going well she’ll run in the Widden Stakes [1100m] on Saturday week and then run in the Slipper lead-ups.”