Rosehill trainer Gerald Ryan has tripled his chances of picking up the Inglis Bonus in the $85,000 Inglis Bonus Handicap (1400m) at Rosehill on Saturday with first emergency Zaba Zaba Doo being included in the field.
Ryan already had two Inglis Bonus eligible runners in El Sasso and Mineko in the BenchMark 75 field before Zaba Zaba Doo was included after the David Payne trained Dowdstown Charlie was an early scratching.
Inglis are offering a $100,000 bonus for the first eligible Inglis graduate to cross the line and while Ryan’s three starters are in the running, they are also in line to receive a $20,000 BOBS Bonus is they can win.
If one of Ryan’s three runners was lucky enough to win, they would receive a first place winning cheque worth $168,000.
“This time you only have to be the first Inglis horse home. But if you win you get the BOBS bonus as well and ours are qualified for both,” Ryan told AAP.
“If one of the three can win it’s worth $168,000 and that’s a lot of money at this time of year.”
Ryan is reluctant to split his three runners but last start winner Mineko has the form on the board.
Mineko is stepping up from a midweek BenchMark 75 win at Canterbury on July 9 to Saturday class but the reports from the training tracks have been first class.
Rosehill trackman John Moc reported in the Sportsman that Mineko ran the best of the morning on Monday when she galloped over 1000m in 1:6.97, covering the last 600m in 36.87 seconds and the final 400m in 24.44 seconds.
“It was a good piece of work,” Moc wrote in his column.
Ryan has also reported that he is pleased with the way the Fastnet Rock filly has progressed heading into her third run this preparation.
“She used to have one race or two and lighten off,” Ryan said.
“This time she is going into her third start a lot better than she would have before.
“She is a really good doer now and has strengthened up.”
El Sasso won a Class 1 at Gosford four starts back and at his latest run was beaten almost seven lengths when fifth over 1400m in a midweek NMW at Warwick Farm on July 16.
“El Sasso is also going well but win or lose, he will be going out to get gelded after Saturday,” Ryan said.
While Zaba Zaba Doo has had two unplaced runs back after more than twelve months on the sidelines.
The Joe Pride trained Impulsive Spirit is the early favourite with Ladbrokes.com.au at $3.80 ahead of Black Revolver from the Chris Waller stable at $6 with the best of Ryan’s runners Mineko sharing the next line of betting with Coolring at $7 while El Sasso is marked as a $19 chance and Zaba Zaba Doo is one of the outsiders of the field at $41.
As interesting runner from the John O’Shea stable is the well bred Champollion who is rated a $18 chance at his first run since finishing sixth in the Group 2 $350,000 Sportingbet Sandown Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield on November 16 last year.