The Sportsman Weekend

Ryan confident Standout can match it with his Concorde rivals

- SHAYNE O’CASS

GERALD Ryan has given up hope of Standout being a runner in the 2021 The TAB Everest but he hasn’t given up on horse.

There was a time that the aptly-named son of Exceed And Excel an Everest outlier.

That time may have passed but that it’s not to say the 2020 Expressway winner can’t match it with the proven Everest performers Nature Strip and Trekking in tomorrow’s Concorde Stakes (1100m) at Royal Randwick.

Standout has struggled to make any impact at all since his short-head second in the Sydney Stakes on Everest Day last year.

In fact, he has only beaten three horses home at his last

starts.

“He ran second in the Sydney Stakes then he didn’t go up the straight (in Darley Classic),” Ryan said.

“He was plagued by wet tracks and didn’t have a proper prep in the autumn, then he went out and had 14-weeks spell.

“He has come back and he is bright and well grown into himself.

“His work has been good. I am confident that with the speed on up front, he can sit back and hit the line great.

“We just don’t want any rain before two o’clock on Saturday.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if he won. He was up around the mark with them last time.

“I don’t think he would be headed towards the Everest even if he got a slot.

“The Sydney Stakes is the main aim with him again this year.”

Ryan and co-trainer Sterling Alexiou, meanwhile, has a dual pronged attack in the Group 2 Furious Stakes (1200m) via Widden winner Mallory and new stable recruit Enterprise Pomme.

“I trained Enterprise’s mum Our Sweet Miss and I trained her father Spill The Beans,” Ryan said.

“I rang (jockey) Michael Cahill about her after her last run and he said she’ll measure up down there.”

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Standout/ Pic: Grant Guy

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