Rosehill trainer Gerald Ryan has a leaning towards Peace Force over stablemate Red Excitement when the pair clash in the Listed $150,000 Sky Thoroughbred Central Festival Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill on Saturday.
Even though Ryan considers Red Excitement to be a better horse, he thinks that Peace Force’s ability to race on the pace will be a distinct advantage over the 1500m at Rosehill.
“Red Excitement is probably a better horse but at the weights and the way the race is going to be run I have a leaning to Peace Force,” Ryan told Racing Ahead.
“She has drawn a bit awkward, but she overcomes barriers, puts herself on top of the speed. There looks to be good speed in the race.”
“She will get a good run actually, she might end up one one, having a quick look at the speed map and I am really upbeat about her on Saturday, she is going really well.”
“Just the way the race is going to be run and the runs they are going to get through the race, I do have a leaning for her cause she will be up on the speed making her own luck while the other horse, looking at this race, will be back and trying to stay out of traffic.”
Peace Force is returning to Sydney after one unplaced run in Melbourne during the Spring Carnival when ninth to Scarlet Billows in the Group 3 $200,000 Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes (1400m) at Flemington on November 3, but Ryan is happy to overlook the run.
“She had excuses at Flemington,” Ryan said.
“She pulled a front shoe off probably at the 600m mark at Flemington. Brenton said that she travelled good and he was really happy at the 600m mark and all of a sudden she chopped and changed stride and dipped. He blamed the ground and come off the bit and said she struggled from then on.”
“When she pulled the shoe off she did take a bit of hoof with her.”
“She came home and is going well. I trialled her last week at Warwick Farm in the same trial as Red Excitement and went really well. I am really happy with her.”
Kerrin McEvoy takes the ride on Peace Force in the Festival Stakes while Brenton Avdulla will be aboard Red Excitement.
Ryan is also happy with the way Red Excitement has come through his first up run when twelfth in the Group 3 $200,000 Guvera Stakes (1400m) at Flemington on October 31.
Red Excitement failed to handle the wet track but Ryan was still happy with the run.
“The wet track put him out of play,” Ryan said.
“I though his run was really good considering the way the track was.”
“At the 200m he got tightened up and busted around. He ran out of room so then he went to the line uncontested and should have finished four spots closer.”
“He has come out of it good. He trialled good at Warwick Farm last Thursday.”
Both trialled at Warwick Farm on November 19 over 1200m with Red Excitement finishing second just ahead of Peace Force.
Peace Force and Red Excitement are both at double figure odds for the Festival Stakes at $11 and $12 with Ladbrokes.com.au.
The Gai Waterhouse trained Frespanol heads the market order at $4.60 ahead of John O’Shea’s English import It’s Somewhat at $5.50, Team Hawkes’ Ninth Legion at $8.50 and Queensland mare Tinto at $9.
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