Menari back to his best in Rose­bud

The Sportsman Midweek - - News - By CARYL WIL­LIAMSON

MENARI has claimed Syd­ney’s first three­year­fea­ture of the new season to give his trainer cause spruik his chances against all com­ers in The Ever­est.

Ger­ald Ryan put the $10 mil­lion race firmly on cen­tre stage after colt took out Satur­day’s Listed Rose­bud (1100m) at Rose­hill.

He in­di­cated there had been dis­cus­sions with slot hold­ers for a place in the sub­scrip­tion-only race.

“I haven’t gone to them. They’ve been talk­ing to me,” Ryan said.

“I think this horse is a sprinter and the three­year-olds get into The Ever­est with a good weight.

“He is very horse but you have to see them come back and do it.

“And I’m pleased to see him get a good track.”

Menari played se­cond fid­dle to the pre­vi­ously un­beaten Siege Of Que­bec in mar­kets for the Rose­bud (1100m) but came out well and truly on top.

Siege Of Que­bec led with Josh Parr let­ting Menari set­tle in the pack.

As the leader made his run in the straight, the hulk­ing fig­ure of Menari loomed and swept past him to win by 1-¼ lengths.

“I de­cided let the other horse lead and get cover,” Parr said.

“He (Menari) is a fan­tas­tic horse and I was con­fi­dent in his abil­ity to get the job done.”

Menari showed tal­ent early with a de­but win in Jan­uary fol­lowed by a se­cond to Pariah in the Canon­bury Stakes.

Wet autumn tracks dented his bril­liance with best per­for­mance from three starts his fourth in the Golden Slip­per after he was de­moted from third on protest.

He spent his time off at owner Ge­orge Al­tomonte’s Co­rum­bene Stud where he grew a lit­tle more and came to the races at 16.2 hands and about 570kg.

“He had a good spell up at Co­rum­bene and it’s good to see him come back,” Al­tomonte said.

“He is a big horse. He’s good horse and could be up with some of the best I’ve had but it’s pretty hard to go past Over­reach.”

The Al­tomonte-owned and bred Over­reach won the 2013 Golden Slip­per.

Menari was posted at $26 for The Ever­est after the win and $15 for

Golden Rose (1400m) an op­tion Ryan said was un­likely

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