Ryan hop­ing to find his Rose Hero

The Sportsman Weekend - - News - By CARYL WIL­LIAMSON

THE third of trainer Ger­ald Ryan’s po­ten­tial Golden Rose con­tenders will step out in the San Domenico Stakes at Rose­hill.

Me­nari, win­ner of the Listed Rose­bud last Satur­day week, is the $8 equal favourite for the Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) on Septem­ber 23 along­side Godol­phin’s Ke­men­tari who has yet to make his race­track ap­pear­ance this sea­son.

Trapeze Artist ran sixth in Satur­day’s Up And Com­ing Stakes (1300m), 2-¾ lengths be­hind the win­ner Dracarys, a run that pleased his trainer given colt had to carry 61kg as Group 1 placeget­ter.

“At this stage all three are head­ing to the Golden Rose but will take dif­fer­ent paths to the race,” Ryan said.

Con­dor He­roes led at his first start but was run down late when sec­ond to Khan in the Breed­ers’ Plate in Oc­to­ber.

When he re­turned March he dom­i­nated in front to win a maiden at War­wick Farm.

Things changed the Kinder­garten Stakes when he came out of the gates slowly and over-raced, even­tu­ally run­ning on to fin­ish sec­ond to Prop­erty in the Group 3 race.

“Early doors he was a jump-an­drun horse,” Ryan said.

“I don’t think he’s es­tab­lished a rac­ing pat­tern but I think he will prob­a­bly be lead­ing in this field de­pend­ing on the fi­nal make-up and the bar­ri­ers.

“His as­set is his speed so he could roll along.

“I think he a lot stronger now and is more set­tled in him­self so he should re­lax his races.”

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