Gerald Ryan-trained stayer Ironstein will run at Rosehill on Saturday in what will be the first start of a spring campaign that could feature a start in the 2012 Melbourne Cup.
The experienced gelding will start in the Allan Barnes Coaches Handicap (1500m) and Ryan has confirmed he will be entered for the Melbourne Cup.
On his current rating he would miss a start in Australia’s biggest race but the Rosehill trainer has mapped out a spring program that would allow him to gain entry if he can show strong lead-up form.
If he does not gain a start in the Melbourne Cup it is likely he will return to defend his title in the Group 3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Flemington during Melbourne Cup week.
Races on the spring agenda for the seven-year-old include the Group 3 JRA Cup at Moonee Valley in late September and also the Cranbourne and Moonee Valley Cups in October.
“He will be entered for the Melbourne Cup and if he can get his rating up, then I’m sure the owners would want to go there,” Ryan said.
A winner of eight of 40 starts, the son of Zabeel has four stakes victories to his name. He won the Listed Caloundra Cup in 2010 and experienced career best form in 2011 when taking out the Listed McKell Cup, Group 3 Tatt’s Cup and the Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
Ironstein has been allocated the equal topweight of 60.5kg with Tim Martin-trained Fibrillation but will get in two kilograms lighter following a claim from apprentice Adam Hyeronimus.
If you want to back Ironstein or any other horse this weekend, get great value odds by betting at bookmaker.com.au.
Enter the code BONUSBET when signing up today to take advantage of their new user $300 bonus bet offer!