The combination of Sun Stud, trainer Gerald Ryan and jockey Brett Prebble were the dominant force at the official two-year-old barrier trials held at Randwick earlier this week.
The breeder, trainer and jockey were responsible for three trial winners – all homebred colts for Sun Stud – which were King’s Champ (Deep Field), Fortress Command (Sebring) and Covert Ops (I Am Invincible). They had a further two runners-up.
The promise shown by all three colts bodes well for Sun Stud who have an objective of developing well-bred colts that can win black-type races and eventually take up residence in the breeding barns at their Victorian stud.
With that goal in mind, the Breeders Plate held at Randwick on September 29 is a major target for at least one of the classy colts with further juvenile races in the Spring also options.
“I have had a couple of nice babies for them in the past couple of years but these look, as a group, the best I have had,” Ryan said.
“I’m lucky that the six horses I had trial here today are owned by Sun Stud, so we can sit down and work out where we go and hopefully win three or four races instead of one.”
Here is a short run-down of the three trial winners:
King’s Champ is by Deep Field and is out of the triple Group 1-winning mare Yosei and was passed in for $200,000 by Sun Stud at the 2018 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale.
“This little horse has always shown us the ability, being out of Group 1-winning mare Yosei. He’s not a mad running horse, like you saw today, he settled and finished off good,” said trainer Gerald Ryan.
Covert Ops was the biggest winner in terms of margin of the 14 trials held at Randwick, winning the final heat by an impressive eight lengths. He is the first foal from the Group 3 winning mare Fine Bubbles
“(Sun Stud) said he was too small to put in the sales. I would say he has small man syndrome because he doesn’t know small he is and he has a crack,” Gerald Ryan said.
“Where we go with him, we will sit back and see. It could be Saturday week (for the Breeders’ Plate) or Saturday fortnight (for the Victory Vein Plate).”
Like Cover Ops, Fortress Command was not put through a yearling sales ring by Sun Stud. He is out of the stakes-placed mare Prairie Star and is a half-brother to Group 3 placed filly Leotie. Prairie Star is a sibling of stakes winner Marianne.
“I think Fortress Command is one of the best of them, but he will go to the paddock for a break,” Ryan said after his trial win.
Victorian breeding note
A fascinating (and perhaps unlikely) 2YO trial winner at Randwick was the Marc Quinn (Port Macquarie) trained filly Sylvia’s Memory. She is out of the very last crop of deceased sire Bianconi who stood in Victoria at Swettenham Stud for 14 years and then his last two years at Ridgeview Park.
She won the trial by one and a half lengths over juveniles by the likes of I Am Invincible, Spirit of Boom and Written Tycoon. Interestingly, she is a half-sister to 3YO Nashian, a filly who last December became the first ever winner for low-profile Glen Eden Stud sire Scintillo.