Gerald Ryan Photo: Pat Scala PDSTrainer Gerald Ryan will aim Tetsuko at some of the rich juvenile prizes in the autumn after the filly broke her maiden at Randwick on Wednesday.
Tetsuko made up for the disappointment of star colt Rubick being sent for a spell after his fourth in the Blue Diamond, but Ryan wasn’t getting too carried away with the I Am Invincible filly’s win on the Kensington track.
”It is a midweek maiden and I don’t know if she’s that much better than she was in the spring,” Ryan said. ”She is going to have to take a big jump into the Sweet Embrace Stakes next time and we’ll see how she handles that.”
Tetsuko started favourite in the Gimcrack Stakes in the spring and was beaten a long head by Alpha Miss, but she is a different proposition now after plenty of work from the Ryan stable. Instead of leading, she took a sit and led the chase to run down Sheezalady in the 1100m race.
”Early on, she was a little mad runner,” Ryan said. ”This time we have taught her to settle. It was good to see her get cover and find the line. She’s in all the big races and we’ll poke along and see how we go.”
Tetsuko remained unchanged at $51 for the Golden Slipper but Ryan suggested the Royal Randwick Stakes for two-year-old fillies during The Championships would be the ideal race for her.
Team Hawkes took three runners to Randwick and came away with a perfect record as Moorluv, Traitor and Global Dream all won. It continued the stable’s recent good run and all three could be set for black-type racing in the autumn. Global Dream was the most impressive. ”We’re still learning about her and I think the further she goes the better she will be,” Michael Hawkes said.
Meanwhile, Racing NSW stewards have adjourned an inquiry into the ride of Blake Shinn on Zanbagh in the Light Fingers Stakes last Saturday. The filly, which was runner-up in the VRC Oaks in November, finished ninth after getting a long way out of her ground in the early and middle stages of the 1200m race.
”She was flat out and I couldn’t have had her any closer,” Shinn told stewards. ”When they sprinted, they dropped her but she really worked to the line well.”
Zanbagh produced the fastest final 200m of the day at Randwick, running home in 11.46 seconds.
Trainer Guy Walter told stewards he thought Shinn had ridden the filly perfectly to instructions. However, chief steward Ray Murrihy said the effort had looked ”like a pipe-opener for the Oaks”.
”It’s a group race – it’s the Light Fingers Stakes. We’re there to win,” Walter said. ”But she’s got to be ridden a particular way – A, to win and B, for the future.”
Australian Turf Club chairman Michael Crismale announced on Wednesday that Bill Evans and Steve Grant would fill the casual vacancies on the club’s board left by the retirements of John Cornish and Alan Osburg.