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Gerald Ryan kicks off the new season of his progressive colt Star Of Monsoon at Canterbury Park this week hoping the youngster can progress all the way to the Caulfield Guineas 2016 in October.
A rising three-year-old son of Lonhro from Monsoon Wedding, a full-sister to Redoute’s Choice, the nicely-bred Star Of Monsoon has had two starts to date back in the summer.
His debut in Rosehill’s Group 3 Canonbury Stakes (1100m) produced a fourth to Tessera on the Heavy (8) track and was followed by a third behind Gai Waterhouse’s subsequent Group 2 Todman Stakes (1200m) winner Kiss And Make Up over the 1200m at Canterbury.
He returns to the same track and distance on Wednesday for a mid-week run first-up in the $40,000 Casino Prince @ Vinery Handicap (1200m) where Tim Clark will be aboard from barrier three, Ryan tipping him to improve as he gets out over even more distance.
“He is going like a horse who is going to get 1400m or 1600m,” Ryan told Racing Victoria this week.
“He is the ninth foal of the mare. He is the only colt, the only two out of the mare that have won under 1600m are Lucky Raquie and Crystal Flute.
“He has always been a nice horse, always shown good ability.
“He ran fourth in the Canonbury Stakes, on a track that didn’t suit him, then third behind Kiss And Make Up.”
Star Of Monsoon is out to break his maiden status in the sprint and prove he is worthy of an elite level campaign targeting the $1 million Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) on October 8 after failing to reach those sort of highs last time in.
“I’ve always had him down as a horse who hopefully could measure up to a Caulfield Guineas, he has the pedigree if he ever wins a good race, there are a couple of studs that have been keeping an eye on him,” Ryan said.
“He has always shown great attitude, ever since he was broken in everyone loved him.
“We were hoping to get him up to a race like the (ATC) Sires Produce Stakes in the autumn but it just came too soon so we stopped him.”
Ryan also still has the horse in the mix for the $1 million Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill Gardens on September 10 in Sydney.
In futures Golden Rose Stakes odds at Ladbrokes.com.au Star Of Monsoon is at a roughie’s price of $61, the all-in markets led by Peter & Paul Snowden’s Golden Slipper winner Capitalist ($5).
Ryan however could bypass the Golden Rose 2016 and instead run the progressive galloper in the $200,000 Group 2 Danehill Stakes (1200m) on the same day at Melbourne’s Flemington Racecourse instead.
That would be followed a fortnight later by a Group 1 lead-up in the $175,000 Group 3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m).
“I’ve always thought if you aim at the (Caulfield) Guineas, Sydney might be a bit early,” Ryan said.
“He is still in the Golden Rose and those races but whether he goes there or heads to Melbourne for the Danehill Stakes, and then Guineas Prelude and Guineas, we will see if he is going good enough.”
Ryan has saddled-up two previous Caulfield Guineas hopefuls over the years without success and Star Of Monsoon is only currently rated around $67 at the bookies to win the mile classic this Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.
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