Ransome Reason a top hope at Cluden
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.