Rosehill horseman Gerald Ryan has confirmed his Group 1 winning mare Mrs Onassis is nearing her swansong race with Saturday’s 2013 Sir John Monash Stakes likely one of her last appearances before retirement.
The five-year-old daughter of General Nediym has to date won eight of her 20 starts, most notably the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) at Caulfield on February 23.
After two failed runs in Sydney, most recently a distant 11th to Arinosa in the Group 2 Sapphire Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on April 13, she returns to Caulfield Racecourse this Saturday.
One of 18 sprinters nominated for the $120,000 Listed Sir John Monash Stakes (1100m), Mrs Onassis has a smart first-up record and will be looking to build on that should she run.
She also boasts seven victories over the 1100m and will relish dropping back to her pet distance.
“Her best form is always fresh and she appears to be working on a par with what she was heading into the Oakleigh Plate,” Ryan said.
“As long as the track is no worse than dead she will definitely be running on Saturday.”
Mrs Onassis will have a track gallop at Rosehill this morning leading up to the weekend.
“She had a jump-out last week and if I’m happy with her after she works in the morning she will go to Melbourne and Brenton Avdulla will ride,” Ryan said on Monday.
Owner Gerry Harvey, the man behind leading electrical and home wares company Harvey Norman, has been considering retirement for the half a million dollar earner but could press onto a final spring campaign.
“Her owner Gerry Harvey will make that decision after her first two starts this preparation whether she keeps racing into next season or whether she’s retired,” Ryan said.
“I’m not sure if she will be racing into the spring.
“It (retirement) has been touched on but there is still no decision.”
There is plenty of class in the Sir John Monash Stakes nominations this year with other notable entries including former The Galaxy winner Atomic Force, Peter Snowden’s stakes winning veteran Skytrain, four-year-old Zamorar and the flying Happy Galaxy racing for the first time since their Group 2 Expressway Stakes victory in February.
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