Mahamedeis stars in 3YO VOBIS Sires

Trainer Nick Ryan achieved a milestone victory when three-year-old gelding Mahamedeis scored a strong win in the $300,000 Spendthrift 3YO VOBIS Sires (1600m) at Caulfield on Saturday.

Ryan, a former champion apprentice in Victoria, trains from Neerim Lodge at Caulfield and is now setting his sights on a Queensland Winter Carnival campaign with the son of Magnus.

“He’s been a really progressive horse, I thought his run was great the other day and I’m just rapt to see him do what he did today,” Ryan said.

“The plan is that he’ll now go three weeks into the Rough Habit Plate then into the Grand Prix Stakes and ultimately the Queensland Derby.

“I bought him at the VOBIS Gold Sale, he was only a $24,000 purchase.

“It’s a pretty special win because I grew up with Winksy (James Winks) and for him to ride this winner for me is amazing.

“His grandfather actually taught us how to ride, old Micky Winks.”

Ryan’s opinion of Mahamedeis was confirmed when he stormed over the top of leading chances Temple Of Bel and Street Sheik after settling last in the running.

James Winks, a long-time friend of Ryan’s, echoed the trainer’s sentiments.

“Me and Nick have been very good friends for a long, long time, so to win a 300k race for him is a big tick for everyone,” said Winks.

“We rode together, he came and stayed with me when I was in Singapore.

“I’ll never forget the day he was ducking butterflies because he was wasting so hard that weren’t even there.

“I’m just rapt to ride a winner for him.

“He has come a long way this horse, his record speaks for itself.

“His only failure, if you can call it that, was his effort the other day when things just didn’t work out, he’s a winner.

“Even today he blew out about 50m out and but he had shown a good burst from the 250m to the 100m so it’s onwards and upwards.”

Mahamedeis has now won three of seven starts with three runner-up finishes, and earnings of just under $300,000.



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