Market mover and race favourite Red Excitement may be drawn wide for Saturday’s 2015 Chester Manifold Stakes but trainer Gerald Ryan remains confident the versatile runner can win from any barrier.
A winner of his past four straight starts, five-year-old Excites gelding Red Excitement is one of 13 middle distance gallopers running in this year’s $120,000 Listed Chester Manifold Stakes (1400m).
Firming in from $4.60 to $4.40 to sit top of the Chester Manifold Stakes odds at Ladbrokes.com.au, the last start Rosehill winner will again be ridden by Brenton Avdulla for his first run in 2015.
The duo are drawn second widest with barrier 12, a position Ryan actually believes could be beneficial for classy sprinter-miler who boasts plenty of tactical versatility and who is likely to settle mid-field.
“I can picture him probably mid-field,” Ryan told RSN’s Racing Ahead of Thursday morning.
“He’ll probably be three wide but as long as he’s three wide with cover.
“He seems to go better when he’s covering ground in racing.
“He’s a horse that if he’s out he carries his head very low…he goes a lot better than if he’s up amongst them.
“From the back he rolls a long a bit and is very strong at the end.”
Last time out Red Excitements race for the first time in 10 and a half months to win first-up in the $85,000 Drummond Golf Handicap (1400m) carrying 61kg on December 20 at Rosehill.
He jumped straight to the front that day and controlled the race nicely, out by a length with 500m to go before pulling away for a two length lead over the final 250m that was closed into a neck by runner-up Burbero by the line.
His last run before that was back in February of 2014, the horse injuring his tendon forcing Ryan to take his time getting him right for his return with plenty of work swimming, on the treadmill and the water walker.”
“He whacked his tendon,” Ryan said.
“He didn’t actually bow it.
“But only four weeks of work he missed.”
Since coming back the horse has been progressing really well and Ryan is tipping him to be able to keep the wins coming as he did when in red-hot form this time last summer.
“He’s come along really well,” he said.
“An honest horse, he doesn’t know how to lay down. He really tries.
“He’s progressed along good and is getting to that stage when last year he won four in a row.”
Ryan travelled Red Excitement down to Melbourne overnight and is confident that the likely hot pace in the Chester Manifold Stakes to be set by the Robbie Laing-trained Lord Of The Sky ($7) will help his horse out.
“Saturday looks to be heaps of speed,” he said.
As for where-to-next, Ryan thinks they may have to look at weight-for-age races with Red Excitements who is allocated 58.5kg in Saturday’s handicap.
“If he wins on Saturday we might have to go into weight-for-age racing,” he said.
“He’s going to get weighted out of a lot of races.
“In saying that he’s got a type of pattern that could suit weight-for-age.
“You can ride him up on the speed or from the back he makes his own luck.
“The only flaw in his armory is he’s no good on wet tracks.”
Suitable weight-for-age races coming up during the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival then could include the $400,000 Group 1 CF Orr Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on February 14 or the $500,000 Group 1 Futurity Stakes at the same track and distance a fortnight later on Black Caviar Lighting Stakes Day.
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