ALBUMIN, his grey coat turning whiter by the day, yesterday proved once and for all that, essentially, he is a sprinter.
Trainer Gerald Ryan said there is mounting evidence Albumin likes to be kept fresh and race over short courses after his easy win in the John Size Hall of Fame Handicap (1100m) at Rosehill.
“I’ve always had a good opinion of Albumin but probably got him wrong,’’ Ryan conceded.
“I always thought he was a 1400m horse but when you look at his record over 1100m, he has had five starts at the distance now for three wins, a second and a third.’’
“After his big flop at Warwick Farm, we looked at his form then changed his work around and decided to keep him to sprinting. “He was right there today.’’ Albumin ($ 3.90) was well ridden by Jay Ford before scoring by 1 ¼ lengths from Oriental Runner ($ 5.50) with Manolo Blahniq ($ 3.60 favourite) nearly two lengths away in third place.
Ford said Albumin’s win could be a turning point for the horse.
“He has always shown good talent,’’ he said.
“This is the first time I’ve ridden him in a race but I have ridden him a few times at trackwork and he has always given me the feel of a quality animal.
“For some reason, we haven’t always seen the best of him but today he brought his A- game and was very impressive.’’
“Though the margin wasn’t there, he was dominant and hopefully this win gives him confidence.” The trainer is considering aiming Albumin at the Listed $ 150,000 June Stakes over 1100m at Royal Randwick on June 9.
“I’ve got the June Stakes in the back of my mind for him,’’ Ryan said.
“With all due respects, this was probably the easiest race he has run in for a long time; he drew a barrier and was down in the weights.’’
“Even though he is a threeyear-old against older horses, it doesn’t really matter this time of year so we can look at the June Stakes.’’