A date with the $7.5m Golden Eagle will be the No.1 priority for classy campaigner Ellsberg this spring as the Gerald Ryan and Sterling Alexiou-trained four-year-old prepares to return to work.
The Listed-winning son of Spill The Beans has enjoyed four weeks off but is due to return to Ryan and Alexiou’s Rosehill base this week.
The stable plan to set the bar high this spring with Ellsberg, which was last seen finishing runner-up to Golden Eagle favourite Aryton in the Group 3 Gunsynd Classic at Eagle Farm on June 22.
If Ryan and Alexiou have their way, Ellsberg will be set for a rematch with the boom Mick Price and Michael Kent Jr galloper in the Golden Eagle.
“Like with every four-year-old in work, you look at the Golden Eagle,” Ryan said.
“He has been in pre-training for a while and comes back into Rosehill this week with that race in mind if he is going good enough.
“He had four or five runs his first prep and only had 18 days off and raced all the way through to Stradbroke day so we gave him a good four weeks off.”
Ellsberg is currently a $26 chance in Golden Eagle betting with TAB fixed odds.
Trainers Sterling Alexiou (L) and Gerald Ryan. Photo: Mark Evans/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
Ryan and Alexiou are yet to finalise Ellsberg’s spring program but have a plan in mind to have the stallion peaking in the lucrative four-year-old event.
“We will try to get him to the Golden Eagle third-up,” Ryan said.
“I would say he resumes in something near the end of September and then we look at going three weeks between runs to the Silver Eagle.
“He has always gone well three weeks between runs so we will look at doing that.”
Ryan also provided an update on talented five-year-old Standout, who has been off the scene since his disappointing last place in the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap at Flemington on March 6.
The Group 2 winner, which remains a stallion prospect, was given a lengthy spell after the Melbourne campaign and is looking to bounce back in the spring.
“He is back in work for a couple of weeks and looks well,” Ryan said.
“We gave him three months off after he ran in Melbourne and he looks like he really appreciated it.
“He might head to the Shorts first up (September 18) or give him a run before that.”
Originally published asRyan chasing Golden payday with Ellsberg
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