Sara Ryan admits she is sick of running third and is confident her runners at Tuesday’s Wyong meeting can buck the trend and see her back in the winner’s stall. 

Ryan, 28, is in her first full season as a trainer and to date has posted four wins and nine placings from her 51 runners. 

The experienced horsewoman took over as Domeland’s head trainer in June last year and has been on somewhat of a learning curve since. 

“It’s taken a while to get all the systems in place, but everything is running really smoothly now,” she said. “The horses are racing well and I’m confident the results will come. It all takes time but we are ticking over nicely now.”

Ryan trains a team of 31 horses from Domeland’s Central Coast base, including Group 3 winner Parry Sound, who lined up in yesterday’s Listed Parramatta Cup at Rosehill. 

She saddles up two runners at Tuesday’s home track meeting and is pinning her hopes on her own horse Vegas Outlaw.

“I’m sick of running third, that’s for sure,” Ryan laughed. “It would be so good if I could get a win and I am pretty confident.”

Four of Ryan’s past eight runners have finished third including Chief Conductor at Gosford on Saturday. The well-bred son of I Am Invincible, who was a dual acceptor a Gosford and Wyong, finished third when Ryan opted to start him there.

She now has her hopes pinned on her own horse, six-year-old gelding Vegas Outlaw, and is confident he can put his best foot forward in the 1600m Provincial Maiden.

She paid just $400 for the lightly raced son of Casino Prince and said the six-year-old is “a work in progress.” 

“I suppose you would describe him as a pet project for me. I brought him so I could get my trainers licence initially and it’s taken a long time for the penny to drop. He definitely has ability and has been racing well.

“He ran a nice race at Port last start finishing third over 1506m, but they ran very fast up front and he didn’t get a chance to get his momentum going. We will press forward with him on Tuesday and let him be comfortable and I expect a much better performance. It will be exciting if he can break his maiden.”

Vegas Outlaw has had six starts to date and was placed third at Wyong over 1600m in his first preparation. He will be ridden by apprentice Madeline Owen, who has partnered him in his last two starts.

Ryan other runner is $120,000 Magic Millions yearling Iconic Icon, who debuts in the 1100m CG&E Maiden.

Ryan said the Extreme Choice colt is a “work in progress” but believes he is also an exciting prospect. 

“His trials haven’t been good on paper, but we’ll ride him quite on Tuesday and give him a chance to find his feet. 

“He’s shown us a lot more at home than what he does in the trials. If he gets his head right, he could be a very handy horse.”

 The first of eight races on our BJ Howes Race Day gets underway at 1.15pm.


Race 1 – 1.15pm: INSURANCE HOUSE CLASS 1 (1600m): 1SILVAKIA, 2 Condrieu, 3 Street Candi, 4 Maralago.

Race 2 – 1.50pm: AMTOTE CG&E MAIDEN (1100m): 1 GRAND CRUSADER, 2 Cool Jakey, 3 Free Enterprise, 4 Mission Ridge.

Race 3 – 2.25pm: MECHPRO SOLUTIONS AU F&M MAIDEN (1100m): 1 DAYTONA GAL, 2 Royal Empress, 3 Choose Your Words, 4 Sacred Girl.

Race 4 – 3.05pm: LINCOLN ELECTRIC MAIDEN (1300m): 1 AMBASSADORS2Mindspace, 3 Regal Inheritance.

Race 5 – 3.40pm: SITE INNOVATION PROVINCIAL MAIDEN (1600m): 1 OWARI2 Higher Hand, 3 Steam Clock, 4 Vegas Outlaw. 

Race 6 – 4.15pm: KINCROME BM64 HANDICAP (1000m): 1 MISS VIOLET2 Nasdaq Dubai, 3 Florida Sky, 4 Crystalane.

Race 7 – 4.50pm: MACK CONDITIONAL BM68 (1350m): 1 PHAROAH’S REIGN,2 Speak Now, 3 Capital Asset, 4 The Himalayas.

Race 8 – 5.30pm: INFRABUILD MIDWAY CLASS 1 (1200m): 1 WEALTHOFKNOWLEDGE, 2 Mad Darcey, 3 Hasten Delight, 4 Notifies.