Gerald Ryan plays a very strong hand in the ATC Sires Produce Stakes 2014 field on Saturday saddling up four of the 11 acceptors in the two-year-olds’ classic including the race favourite Peggy Jean.
One of four elite levels highlighting the Doncaster Mile Day line-up at Royal Randwick, this year’s 11-horse $1 million Group 1 Inglis Sires Produce Stakes (1400m) field runs as Race 5 at 2:35pm (AEST).
Ryan has a stranglehold over the event numbers-wise with his quartet of runners led by Peggy Jean in barrier four.
The Nash Rawiller mount has her fifth career start here, Myboycharlie filly Peggy Jean having enjoyed the one win back in January taking out Randwick’s Inglis Classic.
Her latest effort was a flashing second where she just failed to catch Bring Me The Maid in the Group 2 Magic Night Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill on March 29.
That form was well supported last week with the Peter Moody-trained Bring Me The Maid running third to Mossfun in the Golden Slipper.
Along with Peggy Jean Ryan also saddles up undefeated Snitzel colt Time For War (barrier seven), consistent Encosta De Lago filly Lucky Raquie (barrier five) and second favourite in ATC Sires Produce Stakes betting Believe Yourself.
Drawn wide in barrier eight, Sebring filly Believe yourself won the Group 2 Sweet Embrace Stakes at Randwick in mid-March before stepping up to Group 1 class for the Slipper.
In that iconic $3.5 million clash she settled last of the 16 runners before storming home in a sensational finish to cross just two lengths away fourth to the Golden Slipper winner.
Recent Black Opal Stakes winner in Canberra Lucky Raquie and Group 2 Pago Stakes champ Time For War are also under double figures in the latest Sires Produce odds for the weekend.
The only non-Ryan-trained single figure fancy meanwhile is Peter Snowden’s Lonhro colt Kumaon coming via a Pago Pago Stakes second from March 29.
Snowden’s other ATC Sires Produce hope is then Shamardal colt Ghibellines, winner of the Group 2 Todman Stakes at Rosehill three weeks ago.
Ghibellines backed up in the Golden Slipper last weekend but struggled on the rain-affected ground and suffered late interference to run eighth.
Other notable hopes not without their claims then include Golden Slipper 10th placegetter Unencumbered and Fastnet Rock colt Zululand.
Making their Sydney debut here, David Hayes’ Zululand ran ninth in the Group 1 Blue Diamond before improving last start on March 8 at Flemington to win the Group 2 Henry Bucks Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m), an effort they will be out to repeat here.
See below for the full ATC Inglis Sires Produce Stakes 2014 field, barriers and jockeys.
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2014 ATC Sires Produce Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw
Randwick Race 5 – 2:35pm (AEST) – 12/04/2014
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.|
|1||131111520||UNENCUMBERED||Bjorn Baker||Craig Williams||2||56.5kg|
|2||3×25330||CORNROW||Mick Price||Jim Cassidy||1||56.5kg|
|3||1×1||TIME FOR WAR||Gerald Ryan||Damien Thornton (a)||7||56.5kg|
|4||2×491||ZULULAND||David Hayes||Stephen Baster||10||56.5kg|
|5||13×2||KUMAON||Peter Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy||11||56.5kg|
|6||825×7162||SCRATCH ME LUCKY||Paul Perry||Blake Shinn||3||56.5kg|
|7||1×14||BELIEVE YOURSELF||Gerald Ryan||Brenton Avdulla||8||54.5kg|
|8||2132||PEGGY JEAN||Gerald Ryan||Nash Rawiller||4||54.5kg|
|9||3×615||LUCKY RAQUIE||Gerald Ryan||Glyn Schofield||5||54.5kg|
|10||3×110||UNKNOWN DESTINY||John W Ramsey||–||9||54.5kg|
|11||50||MISS INTERIORS||Anthony Cummings||James McDonald||6||54.5kg|