Spring Stepping Stone for Planetarium in 2013 Ipswich Cup

Sydney horseman Gerald Ryan is looking for his last start Eagle Farm winner Planetarium to step up in class for this weekend’s Ipswich Cup 2013 which could eventually lead to a Sydney Spring Racing Carnival campaign back home.


Planetarium steps up in class this Saturday for the 2013 Ipswich Cup. Photo: Daniel Costello.

A rising Fusaichi Pegasus six-year-old, Planetarium runs in their 33rd career start in Saturday’s $200,000 Listed Channel 7 Ipswich Cup (2150m) which surprisingly will be their maiden stakes assignment.

Having won just four races to date the gelding’s latest turf triumph came on June 1 at Eagle Farm where a nice 54kg lightweight and barrier one saw them finish strongly a long neck ahead of Za Magic in the Mitty’s Benchmark 90 Handicap (1818m).

They go up to the 2150m on Saturday third-up but have been competitive up to a mile and a half (2400m) plenty of times before.

Ryan is hoping Planetarium can build on their last start effort when taking on an Ipswich Cup field that could include the likes of Peter Moody’s Eagle Farm Cup third placegetter Voila Ici and last start Toowoomba Cup winner Bang On.

“He is doing very well up in Queensland and enjoying the trip away,” Ryan said of Planetarium who gets in on the 54kg minimum again this weekend.

“This is a step up for him but if he can do well then that also opens up the options for him.

“It’s going to be a step up in grade for him, but it’s the only race available.”

Should they rise to the occasion then it will be onto the $150,000 Listed Grafton Cup (2350m) on July 11 before Ryan starts to schedule their spring carnival assault.

“We would then look at the Grafton Cup next month on his way home to Sydney,” Ryan confirmed.

For their last start Brisbane win Planetarium was ridden by Brenton Avdulla who retains the ride for the Ipswich Cup before starting a suspension at the end of the meeting for his Lighting Stakes ride aboard Howmuchdoyouloveme from Stradbroke Handicap Day last weekend.

Avdulla is also engaged to partner with Ryan’s progressive Snitzel three-year-old Dances On Stars who runs in the $175,000 Listed Eye Liner Stakes (1350m) on Ipswich Cup Day, this year the first since 2010 Ryan doesn’t saddle-up the recently retired, dual Eye Liner Stakes winner Adnocon.

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