Ryan waits and sees with Mallory
Gerald Ryan knows a good thoroughbred when he sees one and he lines up the promising Mallory in partnership with Sterling Alexiou in Saturday's running of the $3.5million Golden Slipper Stakes.
The filly was up and going early finishing second in the Group 3 Gimcrack Stakes last October before being spelled and brought back for a first-up victory in the Group 3 Widden Stakes.
She was then a fast-finishing third when stepped up in to Group 2 company for the Sweet Embrace Stakes, despite having to be ridden quietly from an awkward gate.
Ryan has trained many a quality juvenile and he has been impressed with the maturity that his filly has shown from the early stages.
"She's got great race sense for a filly that hadn't had a heap of trials," he said. "She'd only had one jump-out and one trial leading into the Gimcrack and she went through the field like an old horse.
"Then when she won the Widden she'd only had one trial prior and she went up behind them and came around them.
"Whether she's good enough or not I don't know but she's certainly worthy of her spot."
Mallory, who will again be ridden by Jason Collett, will jump from barrier six in the Golden Slipper, one of five Group 1 contests on the Rosehill card.
Mallory is 34.00 to win the Golden Slipper, with Profiteer 3.50.
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