Big finish: Red Excitement wins narrowly at Rosehill on Saturday. Photo: Jenny EvansRed Excitement one week, Rubick excitement the next. Gerald Ryan’s week-long build-up to the Blue Diamond Prelude started in the Rosehill mounting yard as he fielded questions about his star colt on Saturday.
”I’ve been fortunate to have a lot of handy two-year-olds and I know where he [Rubick] sits among them,” Ryan said. ”I don’t think there’s any Pierro around [in the ranks of two-year-olds] this year.
”He’ll work the reverse way on Monday morning and he’ll travel down [to Melbourne] on Monday night and he’ll get used to his surroundings [at Caulfield].”
Ryan warned not to expect Rubick to have a spin on the course proper, citing the fact he would only be ”working 15 metres out and all you’re doing is teaching them to run out there”.
It seemed to work pretty well for his older stablemate Red Excitement, though, which again traversed a wide course in thundering to back-to-back wins this campaign. Posted three wide at the tail for most of his run, Brenton Avdulla and Red Excitement came with a hurry to wear down the consistent Limes in the February Handicap (1400m).
”He seems to appreciate racing wide and three of his four wins for me he’s been close to three and four wide the whole way,” said Ryan, who also revealed he was leaning towards aiming smart sprinter Snitzerland at the Lightning Stakes over the Oakleigh Plate.
”I wasn’t really worried, but at the top of the straight towards the 200-metre mark he seemed to hit a flat spot and he wasn’t quickening. I was happy Brenton didn’t let up on him because the harder you ride him the better he goes.
”As I’ve said all the way along, he eats his feed and you work him and he’s no hassle. I’ve always doubted him at 1600m, but I reckon he’s dead-set racing like a horse who needs 1600m now.”
That may mean Ryan will shelve plans to nurse Red Excitement ($6) towards the group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m) later this month.
Avdulla ended up on the right side of a busy finish, which included Limes ($2.70 favourite) clocking in just a neck away and Charing Cross ($61) running a bottler on the speed a short neck further back in third.
”When the tempo dropped out I just got going,” Avdulla said.
Limes’ jockey Hugh Bowman lamented the Darley gelding’s luckless run, which now includes runner-up finishes in his past three starts. Trainer Peter Snowden switched him back to Sydney after two attempts in listed company in Melbourne. ”He’s just getting a few seconds beside his name,” Bowman said.
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