Al­bu­min about-face

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - RACING - RAY THOMAS JOHN SIZE HALL OF FAME HCP

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.’’

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