Trainer Gerald Ryan is hoping the form around Golden Slipper favourite Enthaar will hold his emerging filly Mallory in good stead when she returns to racing at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday.
Ryan, who trains alongside Sterling Alexiou, will send his daughter of Not A Single Doubt to the Group 3 Widden Stakes (1100m) on the weekend.
Mallory has been off the scene since finishing strongly when three lengths off Enthaar when runner-up in the Group 3 Gimcrack Stakes in October.
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Enthaar was installed as the Slipper favourite after the win and remains the outright $6 first seed with TAB.com.au for the richest two-year-old race in the world.
“I was talking to (owner) John Messara this morning and saying it will be interesting to see how she goes as she will be one of the first horses to test that Gimcrack form,’’ Ryan said.
“One of Gai’s, Total Babe, raced again in the Kirkham but the majority of the fillies went for a break after the Gimcrack.
“I thought Enthaar was the best of the fillies to race so far this season and the Hawkes’ colt (Remarque) to win the other week was the best of the colts.
“It will be interesting to see how the form stacks up.’’
Mallory is rated a $51 chance for the Golden Slipper and Ryan plans to head in that direction in the autumn.
Training partners Sterling Alexiou and Gerald Ryan look on at Rosehill. Picture: Mark Evans/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
However, the experienced trainer believes his filly’s best may not arrive until another of the two-year-old Group 1s during the autumn.
“She is in all of the big races but I don’t know if she is a Golden Slipper horse or if the Sires is more her go,’’ Ryan said.
“We will give her her chance and I think we will know where she stands after Saturday. I am not expecting her to go there and blow them away but we want to see her hitting the line.’’
The final field for the Widden Stakes will be released on Wednesday morning with 15 fillies nominated for the feature.
Jason Collett will pilot Mallory in the Widden Stakes. Ryan and Alexiou are hoping to snare a stakes double on Saturday as Standout pursues back-to-back Group 2 Expressway Stakes wins.
Kerrin McEvoy will ride Standout on the weekend where TAB.com.au rate him a $5 second favourite.
Originally published asMallory to put Enthaar form to the test in Widden
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