Peggy Jean and Washington Heights Lead Trainer Gerald Ryan’s All-Star Cast at Rosehill Trackwork
By Ray Thomas
The Daily Telegraph
THE thick fog which shrouded Sydney on Monday morning could not camouflage the brilliant trackwork gallops of Gerald Ryan’s star three-year-olds Peggy Jean and Washington Heights at Rosehill Gardens. The pair worked over 800m wide out on the course proper but emerged from the gloom to finish on level terms.
“I had them running 54.57sec for 800m, 37.37sec for the last 600m and they came home in 24.65sec for the final 400m which was good time as the track was in the slow range,’’ Ryan said.
Peggy Jean, winner of the Group 1 ATC Sires Produce Stakes during The Championships back in April, resumes in the Group 2 $175,000 Furious Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on Saturday.
Washington Heights, runner-up in each of his three starts, gets his chance to break through in the Group 2 $125,000 Ming Dynasty Quality (1400m).
Ryan said even if Peggy Jean made a winning comeback in the Furious Stakes she would not back up in the Group 1 $1 million Golden Rose on September 13, although the trainer left the door ajar for Washington Heights.
Peggy Jean and Washington Heights face formidable opposition in their races with the Randwick meeting shaping up to be a beauty.
The highlights include:
BLUE Diamond winner Earthquake will clash with Peggy Jean in the Furiouswhich also features Alpha Miss, Memorial, Sultry Feeling and Winx.
WASHINGTON Heights is among 16 nominations for the Ming Dynasty with his likely opponents including Meursault, Panzer Division, Road To Shangri La, Shooting To Win and Valentia.
CHRIS Waller has eight of the 17 entries for the Group 2 $175,000 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) — Bagman, Hawkspur, Junoob, Moriarty, Our Voodoo Prince, Royal Descent, Sacred Falls and Weary.
TEAM Hawkes has nominated boom galloper Entirely Platinum for the Chelmsford while three of his stablemates, Ninth Legion, Toydini and Zephyron, are entered for the Group 2 $175,000 Tramway Stakes (1400m).
TRAINER Joe Pride has the promising Rock Sturdy and Warwick Stakes winner Tiger Tees in the Tramway while he will saddle up Rain Affair and Target In Sight for the Group 3 $125,000 Concorde Stakes (1000m).
Ryan said he was only taking Peggy Jean and Washington Heights to the races on Saturday and could leave with a feature race double.
The trainer has a stable loaded with three-year-old talent including Ygritte, who ran a very good third behind Hallowed Crown in the Run To The Rose on Saturday, and the brilliant colt Rubick.
“I’m leaning to running Ygritte in the Golden Rose,’’ Ryan said.
‘‘She did not have a barrier trial prior to her first run so I expect she will continue to improve.”
“Rubick is back in work after that setback with the virus.”