The Rosebud signals the unofficial start of spring racing in Sydney, as we start to see some of the star two-year-olds return at three, and this year’s edition may have unearthed a future star. The Gerald Ryan trained Snitzel colt, Menari ($3.80), stamped himself as a serious contender for spring riches with an impressive 1.3 length victory over race favourite, Siege of Quebec ($2.90). Despite yielding 6 kilos to the Waterhouse/Bott trained colt, Josh Parr angled Menari to the middle of the track where he let down powerfully to run away from them in the concluding stages. It was an intriguing betting race, with the quinella exchanging favoritism all day – Menari opening at $2.70, and Siege of Quebec at $3.20 on race morning. Third place getter, the Godolphin trained Trekking had his own admirers, opening at $4.60 and solid right throughout betting.
Post-race, Ryan revealed that the $10 million Everest may now become the likely target for Menari. The trainer revealing that he had been in discussions with slot owners for a possible start in the inaugural race on October 14th.
“I haven’t gone to them. They’ve been talking to me,” Ryan said.
“I think this horse is a sprinter and the three-year-olds get into the Everest with a good weight.”
On the back of his Rosebud win, Menari’s odds to win The Everest have been slashed from $26 to $13! That seems a dramatic cut given his record of just 2 wins from 6 starts, with both of those coming against his own age. Weight-for-age company is a different kettle of fish. And when one runner firms like that, others must be pushed out to maintain the market’s integrity. So, who of the more proven contenders has drifted into value territory?
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