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Gerald Ryan is looking forward to the race debut of his nicely-bred colt Galeforce Ten in the $100,000 Listed Canonbury Stakes (1100m) this weekend but believes they won’t be ready in time for a bid at the Golden Slipper Stakes 2013.
The son of Redoute’s Choice out of Marauding mare Cloister was a costly $750,000 buy from last year’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale as a full brother to Ryan’s dual Group 1 winning mare Melito.
Galeforce Ten races for the first time at Rosehill on Saturday ahead of a possible shot at the $500,000 Group 1 ATC Sires Produce Stakes (1400m) at on April 13.
Having had two trials this year, most recently a third over 900m at Rosehill on February 5, Galeforce Ten is also still officially in the mix for the $3.5 million Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) back at Rosehill on April 6 paying $67 in the futures markets at bookmaker.com.au.
Ryan however is realistic and knows that they are probably not going to be ready, or make the field, for the world’s richest two-year-olds race.
Instead he is looking towards some of the longer-distanced juvenile features of the autumn including Sydney’s Sires Produce Stakes as they look to emulate the success of Melito.
“Melito was a big, strong filly and he’s a big, strong colt,” Ryan said.
“He’s probably more forward than she was.
“He’s probably more a 1400 metre horse, more a Sires’ type.
“He’s got a future, it’s just a matter of whether it comes too quick for him on Saturday.”
But first they must handle their first trip to the races in the Canonbury which has drawn a final field of 10 two-year-old colts and geldings, the hot favourite of which is Golden Slipper-bound Whittington.
While Galeforce Ten, in gate five with James McDonald to ride, is a $31 outsider in the markets Gai Waterhouse’s resuming NSW Thoroughbred Breeders Plate winner Whittington is the $2 Canonbury Stakes favourite and in good form according to stable rep Mark Newnham.
“The form around him is solid,” Newnham said.
“Both his trials have been sharp and his work has been sharp.”
Another even longer-priced roughie out to race better than their price meanwhile is Loutrel in barrier two who must improve on their disappointing debut.
On a very warm Australia Day they raced in the Vinery Plate at Warwick Farm but failed to beat home any of their seven rivals when 10 lengths off the Peter Snowden-trained winner Guelph who is among the top chances for both the $1 million Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) in Melbourne on Saturday week and the Slipper.
“The heat got to him at Warwick Farm,” Portelli said of Loutrel on his debut.
“We had him scoped after the trial and it was clear.
“He will wear a tongue tie as a precaution on Saturday because I thought he might have got worked up and choked down.”
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