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Shooting for his first win since the start of the year, six-year-old Red Excitement is tipped by his trainer Gerald Ryan to “go well” in Saturday’s Villiers Stakes 2015 at Randwick Racecourse.
The Excites gelding posted his 10th career win at Flemington back in January when narrowly holding off Tried And Tired, third to Wild Rain in the Doveton Stakes at Sandown last Saturday, in the Listed Chester Manifold Stakes (1400m) in Melbourne finally breaking his black-type maiden status.
He has failed to finish in the money since however including a disappointing first-up effort on Victoria Derby Day when 12th of 14 runners beaten nearly nine lengths by Disposition in the Group 3 Chatham Stakes (1400m).
Red Excitement trialled well at Warwick Farm after that and raced again at Rosehill on November 28 for an improved fifth beaten under two lengths by Mighty Lucky in the Listed Festival Stakes (1500m).
Ryan has him running in Sydney again this weekend up in class for a shot at the $250,000 Group 2 Villiers Stakes (1600m).
It will be the horse’s sixth run at Randwick where he boasts a good record of three wins from his previous five looks at the track, with Saturday to be his first run at the course since a mile win back in February last year.
He is also undefeated over the 1600m with two wins from as many starts at the distance he is back up over this weekend, form Ryan hopes can stack up.
“Red Excitement has made improvement from his last start and I expect him to go well,” he told AAP.
The Villiers Stakes attracted a total of 26 hopefuls with plenty of tough talent in the ranks including Chris Waller’s in-form Mossman mare Telepathic, last seen winning the Listed ATC Cup (2000m).
Early favourite for the win though is Patrick Webster’s local Teofilo gelding Happy Clapper, the five-year-old coming off a 1500m victory at Rosehill late last month carrying a hefty 60.5kg.
Ryan also entered his six-year-old Bernardini mare Peace Force for the Villiers Stakes but intends to take her to Brisbane this weekend instead.
Winner of the Group 3 Glenlogan Park Stakes (1350m) at Doomben during the Winter Carnival, Peace Force was last seen finishing a close third in a blanket finish only a quarter length away in the Festival Stakes.
She will be accepted for Doomben’s $175,000 Listed Lough Neagh Stakes (1350m) where she will face off against the likes of last start Keith Noud Handicap winner Steel Zip and Tony Gollan’s George Moore Stakes runner-up Gundy Spirit.
“She looks more suited to the shorter race so she will go to Brisbane with Tye Angland to ride,” Ryan confirmed.
“Also she is owned by the same people [as Red Excitement] so we’d like to split them up.”
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