Ryan eyes Queensland assault

Nick Ryan will launch an ambitious bid for a maiden Group 1 victory when his progressive stayer Mahamedeis returns to the track in the Listed Bendigo Guineas (1400m) on Saturday.

The three-year-old showed above-average ability in his first racing campaign, progressing from a 1400-metre Sale maiden win in December to a decisive victory over 2000m at Flemington in January, with Saturday’s $150,000 contest opening his second preparation.

Ryan has been delighted with the way the son of Magnus has returned to his stables this campaign and, while he’s not expecting the gelding to show his best over seven furlongs on Saturday, the young trainer is optimistic about his prospects once he steps up in trip.

Mahamedeis will tackle the VOBIS Gold 3YO Sires (1600m) at Caulfield on April 21 before connections decide whether to tackle feature races in Queensland, including the Group 1 Queensland Derby (2400m).

“He had three weeks in the paddock after Flemington and he’s come back really well,” Ryan said.

“He’s starting to furnish into a nice horse, he had a nice trial the other day at Cranbourne so we go into the Bendigo Guineas first-up on Saturday.

“It’s a strong race so I’m expecting him to be balancing up and hitting the line nicely then there’s a nice VOBIS Gold race for him in a couple of weeks, it’s up to the mile and it’ll be more to his liking.

“We’re hoping to take him to Queensland, we’ve got a bit of a plan mapped out for him so if he can run well on Saturday and then two weeks later at Caulfield, he’ll be off to Queensland.

“Last preparation he went from a maiden at Pakenham on a Saturday to winning at Flemington five starts later so he always improves every time he runs.”

Mahamedeis, who will be ridden by Jye McNeil from barrier 10, is rated a $9 chance in CrownBet’s fixed-odds market for the Bendigo Guineas, which is headed by Steve Richards’ last-start winner Holbien ($5), ahead of Overshare ($6.50) and Sircconi ($6.50).



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