Prelude the choice for Charlie
By Ben Asgari
Gerald Ryan has decided to run exciting three-year-old Charlie Boy in Sunday’s Group 3 BECK Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m) in favour of the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clark Stakes (1400m) on the same program at Caulfield.
An impressive winner of the Group 2 Danehill Stakes (1200m) first up at Flemington, Ryan said the Guineas Prelude appears the better option with a view towards the son of Myboycharlie’s main target, the $1 million BECK Caulfield Guineas (1600m).
“His main aim is the Guineas and I didn’t really want to bottom him out against the older horses,” Ryan told RSN’s Racing Ahead.
“He’s only got 57.5kg in the Guineas Prelude, even with the penalty which is 2.5kg above the minimum in the race.
“His work has been terrific, the horse looks really well and he worked yesterday morning at Caulfield over 1000 metres behind Second Effort and went to the line better than him.
“I believe he’ll relish 1600 metres, beyond the Guineas if he was to go super at his next two runs he could go to the AAMI Vase so we can have a look at him over 2000 metres before he goes for a spell.”
Charlie Boy could cap off a big weekend in Melbourne for Ryan, who will also run classy sprinting mare Snitzerland in the Group 1 Programmed Moir Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on Friday.
A winner over the track and distance on the same program 12 months ago in the Group 3 Champagne Stakes (1200m), Ryan said he was pleased with the daughter of Snitzel’s preparation so far.
“She’s a lot stronger, her work last Saturday morning was probably as good as she has ever worked and I’m really happy with the way that she’s heading into the race,” he said.
“She’s going to have to take the next step now that she’s a four-year-old and doesn’t have the weight advantage over the older horses that she used to.
Ryan said if Snitzerland measured up in the Moir Stakes then she would have her next run in the $1 million Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) on October 25, with the Group 2 Schillaci Stakes (1000m) at Caulfield on October 12 the secondary option.