Land’s End has appeared on course only once competitively so far, but trainer Gerald Ryan has revealed a bold plan to set the rising three-year-old for a tilt at the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) during the upcoming 2015 Spring Carnival.
Land’s End stamped his claims as one to watch when performing well amongst notable competition in several Sydney barrier trials prior to his competitive debut but has undoubtedly shot to the forefront of calculations for the standout 2000m race for three-year-olds in recent weeks.
Jumping from the gates well in the Liverpool City Council Maiden (1300m) on July 1st, the Fastnet Rock colt settled in prime position on the heels of the race’s early leaders; receiving an ideal run in transit before mustering a huge turn of foot to hit the line a length in the clear of his closest rivals.
Ryan was thrilled with Land’s End’s first competitive tilt and told Racenet the colt will have another barrier trial before racing again.
“He’s quiet, relaxed, and nothing worries him,” Ryan said.
“I thought he went well (in the trial), I just wanted him to settle and run home and it looked to me like he did that.
“Brenton (Avdulla, jockey) was quite happy with him.
“The only reason I trialled is because it was going to be a month between runs for him.
“He’ll go to a three-year-old 1400 metre race next at Rosehill and then we’ll see if he can measure up to something in the spring.
“By giving him a month between runs and a soft trial hopefully he gets there.
“My aim with him is to get out to the longer races – like the Spring Stakes at Newcastle and the Spring Champion Stakes.
“He’s got a lot of Galileo about him.”
Won by Hampton Court in 2014, the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes has been confirmed to boast a $400,000 prize pool in 2015 and will be run at Randwick Racecourse on October 10th.
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