Trainer Gerald Ryan will stick to his plan and send his smart three year old King’s Troop to the paddock before preparing him for a 2016 Autumn Carnival campaign.
Ryan has said last week that King’s Troop would be having his last run this preparation in the Group 3 $125,000 Smithfield RSL Club San Domenico Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill last Saturday and he ran well above expectations when second to the Chris Waller trained Japonisme.
“He is better than a winter horse and we know that now,” Ryan said.
“I would have been pleased if he had run in the top four and this is a bonus.”
The Gai Waterhouse trained Vancouver had been expected to win and was sent out the $2.40 favourite but could only manage to finish fourth after struggling to keep in touch with the first three placings who proved too slick over the 1100m.
Jockey Tim Clark was also very impressed with the effort of King’s Troop who was stepping straight up from a win in maiden class at Warwick Farm ten days prior.
“Ran out of his skin, he’s done it all in his first prep and I think in time he’s going to be a pretty good sprinter,” Clark said after the San Domenico Stakes.
Ryan considers the Redoute’s Choice colt to be strictly a sprinter and is willing to bypass two of the major three year old Group 1s during the Spring, the $1m De Bortoli Wines Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill on September 12 and the $1m BECK Caulfield Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield on October 10.
Following Saturday’s second placing, King’s Troop, with $64,775 eligible prizemoney, has risen to number thirty-four in the order of entry for the Golden Rose.
But Ryan has his sights set on the major sprints during the 2016 Autumn Carnival with the Group 1 $400,000 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) at Caulfield a possible target.