Gerald Ryan declared that three-year-old colt Menari will climb The Everest after a dominant win in the $150,000, listed Smithfield RSL Club Rosebud (1100m) at Rosehill on Saturday.
Menari with 60.5kg under Josh Parr easily accounted for the field with second placed Siege Of Quebec 1 1/4L away and carrying 6kg less and third placed Trekking a further length away and carrying 4kg less.
Menari and Josh Parr, picture Stevehart.com.au
Parr was confident throughout the trip even with settling back in sixth after the pace inside, led by Siege Of Quebec and Tim Clark, was strong with a battle for early positions. Passing the 500m Parr then moved Menari to the outside and they headed into the top turn four wide.
The big white face of the Snitzel colt quickly loomed up to the leaders racing in mid-field with Siege Of Quebec still leading down on the rails. With 300m to run the colt was leading.
Parr gave Menair four reminders that there was a job in hand and the colt responded with such ease that the final 100m was hands and heels as they went away from the field.
The $2.90 favourite Siege Of Quebec (Fastnet Rock) kept second with Trekking (Street Cry) and Brenton Avdulla third. Overshare was fourth and Perast fifth.
The time was 1.03.20 on the Good 3 track with the final 600m in 34.01. Menari paid $3.50 on fixed odds and $3.90 on the tote.
Menari strides to the line, picture Sportpix.com.au
The markets reacted to the win with Menari firming from $15.00 into $11.00 for the $1m, Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) at Rosehill on September 23rd and into the $10m, The Everest (1200m) market at $26.00.
Menari was racing for the first time since finishing 10th in the Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes over 1400m at Randwick on April 1st and fourth in the Group 1 Golden Slipper over 1200m at Rosehill on March 18th. Back in January Menari was second in the Group 3 Canonbury Stakes over 1100m.
Next up may be the $150,000, Group 3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m) back at Rosehill on August 26th.
Gerald Ryan and George Altomonte, picture Sportpix.com.au
“He is a good horse, I think he is a sprinter and I will play it by ear with him, but I think he is a good horse,” said Ryan.
“I am thinking Everest, the slot holders have being talking to me.
“You just like to see them come back and do it, here at home he has been doing it. He had three hard runs on heavy tracks which had taken their toll on him by the time we got to the Sires’, but George Altomonte (co-owner) leaves you alone.
“He spelled up there at Corumbene (Altomonte’s stud) and came back in fine order on May 16th and he has been aimed at this race all along. I think he has improvement in him.
“He has come back very well, a much more relaxed and focused horse, I think he is a very good horse,” he said.
Ryan said that his main problem now is his colts clashing with Condor’s Hero also set for the San Domenico Stakes.
“I have a real inkling that this horse is just a sprinter, but we will play it by ear and make our minds up after the San Domenico,” he said.
Ryan said that he thought Menari could go to the Golden Rose over 1400m and then come back to the 1200m of The Everest with a three week gap between the races. He also said that with the stakes on offer in Sydney he would be keeping Menari to racing in Sydney.
“This horse will not be rushing to Melbourne, he will be staying here and doing his racing here,” he said.
“A fantastic win, he has won against the bias of the day (the rails) which it takes an extremely good horse to do. It might sound arrogant to say it but that is why I had the confidence to go back. He got a little bit hot pre-race, but class shone through,” said Parr.
Menari is a big 16.2hh weighing 570kg. He is a home-bred for Corumbene Stud out of the General Nediym mare Isurava and this was his second win from six starts. With the Canonbury Stakes second place he has now earned stakes of $382,250.
Josh Parr, picture Sportpix.com.au
The Rosebud, photo finish picture ATC