Ryan Keeping His Options Open With Goup I Winning Juvenile
By Tom Walter
Gerald Ryan is undecided on which path Sires’ Produce Stakes winner Peggy Jean will take into the spring but says he has a wide range of options to choose from.
Peggy Jean took out the Inglis Classic (1200m) at her second race start before ploughing through a heavy Randwick surface to triumph in the Group I Sires’ Produces Stakes (1400m) three months later.
Ryan astutely bypassed the riches of the Golden Slipper with the filly during the autumn but will have a plethora of lucrative races to choose from through the spring.
“She’s done about seven weeks work and has come back really well,” Ryan said.
“She wasn’t over-taxed as a baby and looks to have come back bigger and stronger this time.
“We’ll decide over the next couple of weeks where to kick her off.”
The four-leg Princess Series of the Group II Silver Shadow Stakes (1200m), the Group II Furious Stakes (1200m), the Group II Tea Rose Stakes (1400m), and the Group I Flight Stakes (1600m) is a possibility for Peggy Jean which could see her revert back to her own sex after defeating the colts and geldings at both wins last preparation.
Ryan will also consider Sydney’s first Group I of the new season – the Golden Rose (1400m) at Rosehill on September 13 as an alternative to the earlier legs of the Princess Series.
A trip to Melbourne is another option on the agenda for Peggy Jean with Ryan contemplating a start in the Group I Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield on October 11.
Should the daughter of Myboycharlie be set for the Caulfield mile, Ryan will forgo running in the Group I Flight Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on October 4.
“If she goes to the Golden Rose, she’ll have one run first-up and then go to the race second-up, then perhaps the Tea Rose and Flight Stakes,” Ryan said.
“If we went to the Thousand Guineas we can’t go both (Flight Stakes) because they are only a week apart, I’ll just see where she sits but nothing has been set in concrete.”
Although it is widely agreed that the two-year-old fillies had the boys’ measure in the autumn, Ryan expects the colts and geldings to reassert themselves through the spring which may sway him into keeping Peggy Jean against her own sex.
“She’s only won two races and both have been against the boys,” he said.
“But I reckon there are some nice two-year-old colts from the autumn that will emerge in the spring.”