Ryan’s Sphere looks fight­ing fit

The Sportsman Weekend - - The Trackwork Winners - JOHN MOC

IM­PROVED fit­ness should have HELIOSPHERE cherry ripe for to­mor­row’s three­year-old set weights and penal­ties race at Rose­hill he will prove hard to beat.

He re­sumed three-weeks ago over 1200m at Rose­hill with an en­cour­ag­ing third to Pretty Fast in class record time, when com­ing from last.

The Se­bring colt has come on since then and will ap­pre­ci­ate to­mor­row’s longer jour­ney down to the ground.

Trainer Ger­ald Ryan has given this promis­ing type ev­ery chance to make the grade and his work on Tues­day pin­points an up­com­ing win.

Gal­lop­ing strongly over 800m on the in­side grass (mark­ers out 9m) in 53.11 and fin­ished off with a fi­nal 400m in 23.81 which was the best of the morn­ing.

The Tim Martin trained GAMBLER’S BLUES put up a tough ef­fort when he went down fight­ing to Dagny at Rose­hill on Novem­ber 25 and is knock­ing on the door for a win.

The Shamardal geld­ing ap­pears to be do­ing well and gets his chance to break through to­mor­row in race 5 over 2000m after four plac­ings from six starts since re­sum­ing.

He looked great on Tues­day morn­ing work­ing solidly over 1200m the in­side grass (out 9m) in 1:21.03 and fi­nal 600m 37.16.

FIRSTHAND gave Cabeza De Vaca too much start when beaten un­der a length at Rose­hill on Novem­ber 18, hit­ting the line strongly over 1400m.

The Star Wit­ness five-yearold is set to make amends in race 6 at Rose­hill to­mor­row, es­pe­cially with the 2kg claim of Blake McDougall to re­duce his hefty weight.

He pro­duced win­ning work on Tues­day morn­ing

the in­side grass (out 9m) be­ing timed over 800m in 53.52 but the best part of his work was clos­ing 200m in 11.22.

Snitzel young­ster ORCEIN caught the eye on de­but when mak­ing up ground late for third to Se­cret Lady over 1100m at Rose­hill on Novem­ber 25.

The Chris Waller trained two-year-old will de­rive great ben­e­fit from the ex­pe­ri­ence after rac­ing greenly and was prob­a­bly 4.5 lengths off the pace at the 400m only go­ing down by 1.8 lengths.

The handy chest­nut colt will def­i­nitely make the grade and ex­pect him to give a great sight in first race to­mor­row.

He worked on the course proper (out 15m) Mon­day morn­ing with sta­ble­mate and to­mor­row’s ri­val Charge, where they recorded 55.70 for 800m with a fi­nal 400m in 25.10.

The most pleas­ing part was their at­ti­tude in at­tack­ing the line.

Two times Flem­ing­ton win­ner OVERSTEP is one of four run­ners from the Waller camp en­gaged in race 4 over 1400m and she is my tip.

The Ex­ceed And Ex­cel four-year-old mare re­ally hit the line at the end of 1200m last start and will be favoured by ex­tra dis­tance.

She came from eight on the turn and was beaten un­der two lengths by Pos­i­tive Prob­lems in class record time.

Her track­work on Tues­day morn­ing in­di­cated she is ready to run an­other big race on the week­end when work­ing with sta­ble­mate Zumbelina.

They cov­ered 1000m in 1:09.42 on the in­side grass (out 9m) and com­ing home last 600m in 38.20.

They clocked 11.99 for the fi­nal 400m and that was very good work from the pair.

Firsthand is on track to make amends at Rose­hill to­mor­row.

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