RYAN BANKING ON WYONG
Gerald Ryan has trained four winners in the past eight days and hopes the run can continue at Saturday’s Wyong Carlton Spring Race Day.
The leading trainer claimed victories on the Kensington track and at Kembla, Goulburn and Gosford taking his overall career tally to 2001.
And with Wyong always a happy hunting ground for the stable, Ryan is quietly confident he can continue the run.
“I’ve always liked bringing horses to Wyong. It has always been a good track for me and hopefully that will continue on Saturday,” he said.
“It is a very good racing surface and horses can really stretch out there. I just consider it a great place to race.”
Statistics confirm Ryan’s thoughts with the stable having an 18 percent win ratio and recording considerably more wins at Wyong than any other Provincial track.
Ryan is enjoying a successful season, with 28 winners to date and an overall win ratio of 23.1percent.
“Things are going well and hopefully it can continue.”
He considers $420,000 Rubick colt, Rubic Honour, in the 1000m Maiden, the best chance of his two runners.
Ryan purchased the three-year-old, a half-brother to Blue Diamond Stakes runner-up Enbihaar, for Muzaffar Yaseen’s Teeley Assets.
The prominent owner breeder instructed Ryan to buy the best looking Rubick he could find, and Rubic Honour was the result.
“He was the spitting image of his old man, albeit maybe a little taller than his father at the same age,” Ryan said.
The colt had two starts in his first preparation for a third at Orange and sixth on the Kensington track. He resumes at Wyong after posting successive barrier trial wins at Warwick Farm and Rosehill.
“He’s always shown a heap of ability, but he was disappointing on race day,” he said.
“We gave him a good long spell and he’s come back and his trials have been quite good.
“He wasn’t disgraced first up at Orange and that turned into a good form race. This looks ideal for him and I’m expecting him to run well.”
James Innes Jnr will be in the saddle making the dash up the freeway to Wyong after riding in the second race at Rosehill.
Ryan plans to change the riding tactics on his other runner, Forgiato and hopes the move will bring out the best in the Super Easy gelding.
He purchased Forgiato at the Inglis Classic sales for $70,000 and retained a share along with his son Blake.
The three-year-old, is a dual acceptor, with Ryan leaning toward the shorter 1200m distance.
Forgiato is having his third career start and coming off a seventh at Wyong on October 20.
“I was disappointed in his last start at Wyong over the 1350m. I’m going to add a tongue tie and ride him differently, back off the speed,” he said.
“He’s better than what he showed last start. Both runs he’s had we’ve ridden him up on the speed but in his trials, we’ve ridden him back and he’s hit the line. I think we just might be riding him wrong.”
Race 1 – 12.19pm: WYONG MAGIC MILLIONS DECEMBER 12 CLASS 1 & MAIDEN (2100m): 1 TIME STAMP, 2 Guest, 3 Prince Camelot, 4 Invidentia.
Race 2 – 12.54pm: CHRISTMAS @ THE RACES DECEMBER 19 MAIDEN HANDICAP (1600m): 1 HAUNTING SPIRIT, 2 Mick An’ Nicks, 3 Sassy Em, 4 Dancing Rachel.
Race 3 – 1.34pm: HAPPY 18TH SARAH DARBIN MAIDEN HANDICAP (1200m): 1 FROSTY ROCKS, 2 Forgiato, 3 Mercury, 4 Samurai.
Race 4 – 2.14pm: HAPPY 21ST PATRICK DARBIN MAIDEN PLATE (1350m): 1 DESERT STORM, 2 Flinders, 3 Manseneta, 4 Bollywood.
Race 5 – 2.54pm: WWW TAB.COM.AU CLASS 1 HANDICAP (1350m): 1 SUAVE, 2 Go Fish Go, 3 Romalette, 4 Rosie Elsie.
Race 6 – 3.34pm: GOSFORD HOCKEY CLUB MENS HCPL PREMIERS 2019 BENCHMARK 64 HANDICAP (1000m): 1 ROYAL ECLIPSE, 2 Dreaming For More, 3 Upper East Side, 4 Happy Mo.
Race 7 – 4.15pm: GREAT NORTHERN ON TAP CONDITIONAL BENCHMARK 70 HANDICAP (1350m): 1 NINDAMOS, 2 Republic, 3 High Rush, 4 Monsieur Macron.
Race 8 – 4.59pm: DE BORTOLI WINES MAIDEN PLATE (1000m): 1 RUBIC HONOUR, 2 Rifles, 3 Matowatakpe, 4 Mercury.