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Snitzel Relation Excites Ryan

Friday, 17th July 2015

Trainer Gerald Ryan says he is looking forward to taking the covers off well-bred first timer King's Troop (Redoute's Choice-Royal Snippets, by Royal Academy) at Rosehill Gardens tomorrow, reports AAP. The 2YO Redoute's Choice colt is a three-quarter brother to 2006 Gr1 Oakleigh Plate winner and sire Snitzel, a horse Ryan rates as one of the best he has ever trained. King's Troop will start favourite in the Bob Ingham Handicap (1100m) courtesy of some brilliant barrier trial form, including a 7-length romp on 7 July, but Ryan says he will not run if the ground is too wet. "If the rain comes then we may have to rethink things," Ryan said. "I don't think I'd want to start him on a Heavy10." Ryan, who purchased King's Troop for $200,000 at the 2014 Magic Millions Yearling Sale, owns the colt in partnership with his breeder, John Messara, who stands Snitzel at his world-renowned Arrowfield Stud in the NSW Hunter Valley. "I picked him out at the sales and paid $200,000 for him," Ryan said. "I liked him because he looked a lot like Snitzel. John Messara then asked if I had a client and when I said no, he said he wanted to stay in him." He added: "He's only a little fellow, 15.1 hands. He didn't show too much until we put him in a jump-out. He seems to go better out of the gates than he does in track work. His latest trial was very good but he has to do it on race day."

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