Gerald Ryan hopeful for slice of Magic Millions action

By Glenn Davis
Racing Queensland

Gerald Ryan will be an onlooker for Saturday’s Magic Millions Classic at the Gold Coast but the Rosehill trainer is still hopeful of a big slice of the Magic Millions action.

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Photo: Noel Pascoe

Charlie Boy will contest the $1 million Magic Millions Guineas for Ryan who is confident of victory with the three-year-old despite a lack of recent racing.

Charlie Boy hasn’t raced since finishing seventh in the G1 Caulfield Guineas last October but Ryan isn’t worried.

The son of Myboycharlie has drawn barrier 16 but the wide alley doesn’t faze Ryan who has given the colt a solid grounding for the 1400-metre feature with two barrier trials.

Charlie Boy won a 900-metre trial at Rosehill on December 24 with Nash Rawiller aboard then ran third for Michael Rodd in a 1050-metre trial at Randwick last Friday.

“He’s the best horse in the race that’s why he got a penalty and is topweight,” Ryan said.

“His barrier doesn’t worry me one bit. He’s a backmarker and I’d rather him draw there than barrier one.

“He’ll come into barrier 12 anyway and there’s a lot of speed in this race.”

Ryan has drawn a comparison with his former star sprinter Play Station when considering the barrier.

“Play Station jumped from barrier 16 and won the (Listed) Gold Coast Stakes on Magic Millions day in 2001 so it can be done,” he said.

“As for him not having raced for a while, it’s not like he’s coming off a spell.

“He only had 19 days off in the paddock after the Caulfield Guineas.

“I think he’s a strong chance and there’s not many horses in this race that could win a Group 2 up the straight at Flemington when he won the Danehill Stakes.”

In latest markets with TattsBet, Charlie Boy is third favourite at $7 behind ruling favourite Enquare at $4.80 and Sweet Idea who is on the second line of betting at $5.50.

Ryan’s only concern with Charlie Boy ahead of his Magic Millions Guineas assignment is how he turns up on the day.

“He can be a bit coltish and that’s my only real worry with him. He knows he’s a colt and you never know how they turn up on the day,” he said.

Ryan was delighted with the way Charlie Boy travelled up from Sydney on Wednesday.

“He only arrived at the Gold Coast today and he looks better and fitter than when he won the Danehill Stakes in Melbourne,” he said.