Ryan's autumn team taking shape
Expensive colt Hus Der Lieften failed to deliver on his promise during the spring but trainer Gerald Ryan hopes a different approach will change that come the autumn.
The most expensive son of Hussonet to be sold in Australia at $1.2 million, Hus Der Lieften stamped himself a rising star when he defeated a handy field to win The Rosebud (1200m) in August.
But the three-year-old couldn’t go on with the job when stepped up in trip and wound up his preparation with a disappointing seventh to Monaco Consul over 2000 metres in the Spring Champion Stakes.
Ryan will keep him to shorter trips in the autumn when the Randwick Guineas (1600m) will be a likely target.
"He’s back in pre-training, I’m going up to look at him next week but he looks good apparently," Ryan said.
"He didn’t stay and he’ll be kept to shorter races."
Ryan also endured a frustrating run with Rothesay who suffered a setback after scoring an impressive debut win at Rosehill in July, ruling him out of a tilt at the Group One Golden Rose.
He recovered to post another Rosehill victory in September but was slapped with an automatic three-month ban after he was found to have bled following his lacklustre fourth to Shellscrape in the Group Two Roman Consul Stakes on October 3.
"I was quite happy with the way he was going so it was disappointing when he bled but that’s racing," Ryan said.
Furious Stakes winner Melito is also being given a good break after an arduous campaign which ended badly when she tailed out in the VRC Oaks won by Faint Perfume.
The filly managed placings in the Silver Shadow and Tea Rose Stakes as well as the Thousand Guineas and Wakeful Stakes but, like Hus Der Lieften, will be restricted to races up to 1600 metres in the autumn.
Kingston Town Stakes winner Ready To Lift will be given a chance to avenge her second to Scenic Shot in the Brisbane Cup and is likely to have a light autumn in Sydney.
Ryan hinted her upcoming campaign could be the six-year-old’s last.
"We’ll bypass the staying races in Sydney. We might kick her off in a few of the shorter races there but she’ll have a go at the good races in Queensland if she comes up," he said.
"This will probably be her last preparation. If she is going well, we will aim at Brisbane, if she doesn’t come up she will be retired."
By Mandy Cottell