Gerald Ryan is aware of the place Cisco Bay and Steely stand heading into their assignments on Saturday, however with the precise outcomes at Rosehill and the pair can earn spots in subsequent month’s The Ingham.
Cisco Bay sits on the restrict handicap of 53kg for the Pageant Stakes, whereas Steely additionally takes a big weight benefit into the ATC Cup as he steps to 2000m for the primary time on again of a collection of excellent placings.
“It’s whether or not they’re ok to take that subsequent step up. They’re horses which were superb to a sure stage, however they’re in the precise type to be very aggressive on the weekend,” Ryan mentioned.
“That is the precise time of 12 months for them and offers them the possibility to win a great race the way in which they’re going. However they’re on the restrict for a cause and need to step as much as run for $2 million in a fortnight [in The Ingham].”
Steely comes out of the Little Dance, the place he was solely size from Dream Runner in third, after which jockey Josh Parr prompt that he would profit being tried over a visit longer than the mile. He then bumped into the promising Nugget at Kembla Grange final week with backing up into the ATC Cup in thoughts.
“When Josh acquired off him at Randwick he mentioned he would win at 2000m, and I knew this race was right here for him in a month’s time,” Ryan mentioned. “I didn’t need to go three and a half weeks into it, so we went to Kembla and sadly bumped into a gaggle horse.
“He’s going tremendous, this bloke, and if he runs effectively on Saturday there could be no cause to not drop again to the Villiers [now The Ingham], however he may simply be higher over this journey.
“If this is so, there are many choices for him within the subsequent couple of weeks, together with the Christmas and Summer time cups.
“He’s going terrific, and I believe Nugget and him would have run prime three in The Gong on what they did final week. He has gained twice at 1800m, so I’m not frightened in regards to the 2000m and from the tender draw he ought to get a great run.