Pre­cious pa­tience proves a virtue

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - RACEDAY PREVIEW - MATT JONES

GER­ALD Ryan played the wait­ing game at the sales to get yes­ter­day’s Royal Rand­wick win­ner Time Is Pre­cious.

And when he got her for just $120,000 at the Magic Mil­lions Sales, he was chuffed.

“Her grand­mother went through the same draft as Sav­abeel — and Sav­abeel was the pick of the colts — and Rose Re­ward was the pick of the fil­lies, so I’ve al­ways watched the pedi­gree and this horse came into the ring.”

Rid­den by Glen Boss, the two-year-old be­gan strongly, then given a breather be­fore en­ter­ing the straight helped Time Is Pre­cious beat favourite Post­code by a long-neck.

“I wasn’t sur­prised she won be­cause she just does ev­ery­thing right,” Ryan said. “She’s only had two jumpouts and one trial. When she got there so eas­ily, I knew they’d be flatout run­ning her down. She’ll be bet­ter at 1400m.”

She ei­ther goes to the $1 mil­lion Golden Gift at Rose­hill in three weeks or the Magic Mil­lions early next year.

Post­code’s co-trainer Adrian Bott said his horse would win one sooner rather than later.

“He prob­a­bly lost that lit­tle bit of sharp­ness to­day that he had a fort­night ago,” Bott said.

Tommy Berry on Maid Of Ore.

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