Underrated galloper Think It Over was never meant to line up in Saturday’s George Ryder Stakes but trainer Kerry Parker is hoping the rescheduled Group 1 can work to his advantage as he eyes a Doncaster berth.
Parker was content to aim straight for the Doncaster Mile in a few weeks time after Think It Over finished a gritty second behind I Am Superman in the Group 2 Ajax Stakes a fortnight ago.
I Am Superman gets the win in the Group 2 Ajax Stakes! Peach of a ride from @KPMcEvoy for @SnowdenRacing1pic.twitter.com/reEmWcFnKS
But when the wet weather hit Sydney and the autumn carnival was shifted back a week, Parker was forced into a rethink and he’ll will now give his stable star what he hopes is a Doncaster warm-up at Rosehill.
“Waiting the three weeks was fine but four weeks makes a bit of difference so this will keep him racing,” Parker said.
“We are looking towards the Doncaster and are hoping to make the field still.
“At the moment there are a few in front of us that are going to fall away and I’ve got us in the emergencies but we will have to wait and see.
“He hasn’t missed a beat since his last run and with the polytrack, we’ve been able to keep working him.”
Jockey Glen Boss – a winner of seven Doncaster Miles – will partner Think It Over on the weekend.
Think It Over is one of three new additions to the George Ryder Stakes line up alongside Mizzy and Star Of The Seas.
The Kembla Grange-trained gelding is a $51 outsider to win the George Ryder Stakes but that price has mattered little in the past.
Trainer Kerry Parker. Picture: AAPSource:AAP
He was the same massive price when saluting first-up, albeit in an easier Group 3 race, before his runner-up finish in the Ajax when he was $20.
Still, Parker believes the 59kg impost allotted to his son of So You Think on Saturday could make life difficult at his first attempt at the top level.
“It wasn't on the radar for him when he has to meet them at weight-for-age conditions instead of the handicaps,” Parker said.
“There is a couple of Group 1 winners there that get in well so it is going to be difficult but my bloke is ticking along nicely.”
Parker was hopeful Rosehill would recover enough to be in the soft range but was keen to avoid a bottomless track.
Originally published asParker has George Ryder think over
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