Ryan Pleased with Washington Heights Ahead of Return

February 19, 2015

Ryan Pleased with Washington Heights Ahead of Return

Having performed well over his short racing career so far, trainer Gerald Ryan has been thrilled with the form and class displayed by Washington Heights in the lead-up to his racing return in Saturday’s Blackwoods Gearwrench Handicap (1100m) at Rosehill Gardens.

Gerald Ryan is confident of a successful return for Washington Heights this weekend. Photo: Daniel Costello

Gerald Ryan is confident of a successful return for Washington Heights this weekend. Photo: Daniel Costello

Finishing outside the top three just once in his three start racing tenure so far, Washington Heights has not been seen on course since failing to match the late pace of talented three-year-old Panzer Division and sixth in the Group 3 Ming Dynasty Quality (1400m) at Randwick on September 6th.

Revealing the Commands colt chipped a bone in his front leg during the running of the Ming Dynasty Quality, Ryan told Racing Ahead he is confident his runner has the ability to overcome a talent-rich field first-up on Saturday.

“He’s done really well,” Ryan said.

“When he ran sixth in the Ming Dynasty he came out of it with a chip in his front joint and it was taken out.

“He’s done really well, he’s thickened up – he hasn’t grown because he was a big horse as it was but he looks really well.

“He’s had two jump-outs here and he’s down more speed in the jump-outs than what he did in his previous campaign so he might be just maturing and getting the hang of it.”

Yet to confirm a specific path for Washington Heights beyond his racing resumption on Saturday, Ryan underlined both the Listed Canberra Guineas (1400m) on March 8th and Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes (1600m) on Day 1 of The Championships as likely targets.

“Probably only a light autumn – I maintain he’s a miler,” he added.

“Where we go after Saturday I’m not sure, perhaps a Canberra Guineas but he’s probably being aimed towards a race like the Carbine Club.

“We’ll probably go Canberra Guineas, then one other race and then the Carbine Club … and then probably go to the paddock.”

Debuting with an impressive second-place finish to subsequent Group 1 champion Hallowed Crown in the Group 3 Kindergarten Stakes (1100m) in April, Washington Heights ran on for an impressive second in the Group 3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m), in what was his only other start prior to the Ming Dynasty Quality on August 16th.

Ladbrokes.com.au is currently offering the best odds on all Rosehill races this weekend, including the Blackwoods Gearwrench Handicap, for which Washington Heights is rated a $4.60 chance for success despite drawing the wide gate 11.

Open an account and deposit at Ladbrokes.com.au today to take advantage of up to $250 in bonuses in time for the weekend!

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2018 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

Rogerson Dreams of 2018 Melbou...

The Everest 2018 Field to Feat...

The Everest 2018 Field to Feature Redzel

Inaugural champion Redzel has officially secured his position in the 2018 The...

2018 The Everest Field Takes S...

2018 The Everest Field Takes Shape: In Her Time Confirmed

She missed out on a shot at the world’s richest race on turf last spring but...

Trapeze Artist Secures 2018 Th...

Trapeze Artist Secures 2018 The Everest Slot for Aquis

The first official slot in The Everest 2018 field has been confirmed with...

El Dorado Dreaming of 2018 VRC...

El Dorado Dreaming of 2018 VRC Oaks Bid

Ben Smith’s ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes winning filly El Dorado Dreaming is in...

Horse Racing Today

Baker snug about Champagne Cud...

Capacity field of 16 for 2018 ...

Capacity field of 16 for 2018 Queensland Oaks: Waller has 5

A capacity field of sixteen fillies will line up in the 2018 Group 1 $500,000...

2018 Kingsford-Smith Final fie...

2018 Kingsford-Smith Final field: English draws barrier 1

Rejuvenated Group 1 performer English has drawn barrier one in the final field...

A win by English in 2018 Kings...

A win by English in 2018 Kingsford-Smith Cup could secure an Everest slot

Doomben 10,000 winner English could be racing for a slot in the 2018 The...

Waller contemplating blinkers ...

Waller contemplating blinkers for 2018 Queensland Oaks favourite Youngstar

Trainer Chris Waller will decide before final acceptance time on Wednesday...

Race Results

Viewed Victorious in Caulfield Cup

Race 1 Result – $101 500 AGL Renewable Energy Stakes – She’s Got Gears Wins

Race 2 – $101,500 Schiavello Plate – Avienus Wins

Race 3 – $101 500 Lavazza A Modo Mio – Linton Street Wins

Race 4 Results – $151,500 Listed Herald Sun Stakes – Strawberry Field Wins

Race Previews

2009 Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw Announced

Who Are the Top Contenders for Tomorrow’s Caulfield Cup?

Victoria Derby in sight for Onemorenomore

2009 Melbourne Cup Field

Eclipse Stakes Final Field & Preview

Fields & Form

Can Kelinni Win Sydney Cup 2013 for the Punters?

Moroney Gets into Queensland Derby 2013 Rhythm

Buffering Draws 7 – 2013 BTC Cup Final Field and Barrier Draw

SA Fillies Classic 2013 Field Released

13 two-year-olds in 2013 Champagne Classic Field