Ran­some Rea­son a top hope at Clu­den

Townsville Bulletin - - Qr - By CRAIG BAX­TER

TRAINER Janel Ryan is con­fi­dent promis­ing g a l l o p e r R a n s o m Rea­son will make his pres­ence felt first-up in to­day’s $12,000 Happy New Year Class 4 Hand­i­cap (1200m) at Clu­den Park.

Five-year-old Ran­som Rea­son has com­piled the im­pres­sive record of four wins and a sec­ond plac­ing in a ca­reer re­stricted by leg prob­lems to just five starts.

He has not raced since claim­ing the scalp of high-qual­ity mare Pawie in a Class 3 Plate (1250m) at Cairns in June.

Ather­ton trainer Ryan be­lieved Ran­som Rea­son — raced by Townsville Turf Club com­mit­tee­man Kevin O’Keefe — would run well to­day but said a lack of rac­ing con­di­tion could tell against the Red Ran­som geld­ing.

‘‘I just hope he does ev­ery­thing right,’’ Ryan said.

‘‘I ex­pect him to run a re­ally big race but I ex­pect him to im­prove on this run as well.

‘‘Fit­ness will prob­a­bly be what beats him, if any­thing.

‘‘He’s run­ning against fit horses who have been up for a while.’’

Ryan has had lit­tle op­tion but to take a softly, softly approach with Ran­som Rea­son, who to­day re­sumes for the fourth time in his brief ca­reer.

‘‘He has a cou­ple of prob­lems and we just take care of him along the way,’’ Ryan said.

‘‘He’s a big, gross horse but hope­fully with a bit of ma­tu­rity th­ese prob­lems won’t nig­gle him too much in the fu­ture.’’

Ran­som Rea­son’s clash with ri­vals, in­clud­ing smart three­year-old Dom­i­nate King, shapes as a high­light of the meet­ing.

Ran­som Rea­son will have the ser­vices of pre­mier Gold Coast jockey Chris White­ley, who will be look­ing to im­prove a re­mark­able re­cent strike rate on his for­mer home track.

White­ley heads the Clu­den Park premiership with 17 wins, five clear of Gra­ham Kliese.

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