Snitzerland looms as the bet of the day at Flemington.GERALD Ryan remembers fondly the Ascot Vale Stakes of 1994 when his sprinter Racer’s Edge branded himself as a three-year-old colt of considerable talent and bolstered the profile of his young trainer.
Nearly two decades on and while the Ascot Vale Stakes has been renamed the Danehill Stakes, Ryan has another outstanding prospect in the race with his brilliant filly Snitzerland who, according to most judges, looms as the bet of the day at Flemington today.
Much water has gone under the bridge since 1994, but Ryan’s abilities with a racehorse has him in the upper echelon of trainers in Sydney.
He will arrive in Melbourne today content that his speedy three-year-old filly has the brilliance and constitution to not only win this afternoon, but he believes she can go on to be a top contender in group 1 sprints.
”She has the most wonderful temperament you can ask for. She works at home without getting revved up. She eats her feed and comes race day puts it all together,” Ryan said.
Snitzerland has firmed in the betting around Australia from $1.80 into $1.65, but Ryan isn’t perturbed.
”I couldn’t care less really. I don’t punt so that’s other people’s business. But I sure hope they are good judges.”
While one of Australia’s most respected trainers, Ryan has never been one to get carried away with success. His approach might be considered old school but it works and the linchpin has always been to never overestimate a horse’s ability.
”But when it comes to a filly like this, which is the best three-year-old filly I have ever trained, you must give them the opportunity at the best level,” he said.
”The first time I put her against the clock she broke 11 seconds. The first time I took her to the trials she behaved perfectly and ran sensationally, just like a professional athlete.
”Just like this week, I put her on a float from Sydney to Melbourne, she arrived perfectly and they couldn’t get her rug on her because she was too interested in licking her feed bin out.”
Ryan is unfazed that Snitzerland today faces some of Victoria’s most improving three-year colts. ”Granted they are nice horses but don’t forget that she has been against the very best males in Sydney and has done really well,” he said.
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