Ryan’s Sphere looks fighting fit
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.