The Spring Champion Stakes 2015 at Royal Randwick this Sydney Spring Racing Carnival could be on the agenda for progressive colt Land’s End after a solid barrier trial at Rosehill on Tuesday morning.
Prepared by Gerald Ryan, nicely-bred Fastnet Rock colt Land’s End turns three on August 1 and caught the eye when a quarter length away second to Cannyescent in a 1030m open trial at Rosehill Gardens for juveniles that was won in 1:06.20.
After settling at the back of the five-starter hit-out, Land’s End made up plenty of ground in the closing stages to cross only a neck off the winner prepared by Gabrielle Englebrecht.
It was the up-and-comer’s first public appearance since a winning debut at Warwick Farm on July 1 on a Heavy (9) course where Brenton Avdulla, aboard for the heat as well, guided the youngster to a three quarter length victory over the Chris Waller-trained Gigolo in the $40,000 Liverpool City Council Plate (1300m).
That maiden win and the solid barrier trial this week has Ryan looking forward to stepping Land’s End up in class this coming campaign.
Ryan was full of post-trial praise for the horse whose attitude the experienced horseman described as “sensational” to Racenet.
“He’s quiet, relaxed, and nothing worries him,” Ryan said.
“I thought he went well (in the trial), I just wanted him to settle and run home and it looked to me like he did that.
“Brenton was quite happy with him.”
Ryan plans to run Land’s End first-up on August 1 back at Rosehill and this week’s trial helped bring him on for that maiden run of the season.
“The only reason I trialled is because it was going to be a month between runs for him,” he said.
“He’ll go to a three-year-old 1400 metre race next at Rosehill and then we’ll see if he can measure up to something in the spring.”
An early black-type aim on the agenda is the $125,000 Group 3 Spring Stakes (1600m) run over the Newcastle mile on Newcastle Gold Cup Day on Friday September 18, a race Ryan won back in 2002 with his subsequent Australian Derby and Epsom Handicap winner Clangalang.
His performance in that will help Ryan gauge how he is travelling and whether he is up to an elite level run this time in.
If yes, then the obvious aim is the $400,000 Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) at Randwick on October 10, the same day another field of three-year-olds are facing off in Melbourne’s $1 million Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m).
“By giving him a month between runs and a soft trial hopefully he gets there,” Ryan said.
“My aim with him is to get out to the longer races – like the Spring Stakes at Newcastle and the Spring Champion Stakes.
“He’s got a lot of Galileo about him.”
Ryan has had just the two previous Spring Champion Stakes runners over the years and is yet to run a place in the set weights classic.
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