Ryan advises caution on Gatsby run

The Grey Gatsby beating Australia in the Irish Champions Stakes

The Grey Gatsby beating Australia in the Irish Champions Stakes

Kevin Ryan has warned The Grey Gatsby is not a certain runner in the Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot on October 18.

The Mastercraftsman colt caused one of the shocks of the season when beating dual Derby winner Australia in the Irish Champion Stakes.

The Grey Gatsby has also claimed the Dante and the French Derby this season, but soft ground could yet rule him out of Champions Day.

"He's come back absolutely fantastic, very fresh and well," said Ryan.

"He only lost six kilos all weekend which is quite incredible when you think about it, the race obviously took very little out of him.

"I've decided from now on I'm going to let the horse do the talking, he doesn't need me to talk him up any more.

"He's Ryan's (Moore) ride if he wants him but Richard Hughes and Jamie Spencer have also ridden him so it will be one of those three and they aren't bad to pick from.

"It's not a given that he runs at Ascot, the ground could have gone soft by then.

"He's getting better with every race and I'd love to go to Ascot, but it's all about next year with him.

"I'm convinced he'll get a mile and a half next year, the French Derby is nearly 11 furlongs anyway.

"If he doesn't run at Ascot, that will be it and he'll start off next year in the Dubai Duty Free."
 

Ayr hero Ramius set to retire

Captain Ramius, winner of the 2012 William Hill Ayr Gold Cup, will be retired regardless of whether he runs in this year's renewal on Saturday.

Kevin Ryan's classy eight-year-old needs rain in order to turn up this weekend, but with none forecast the likelihood is he has run his last race.

He is one of a handful of possibles for Ryan, who has won the race three times since 2007.

"Hamza will definitely run and Pat Smullen rides," said Ryan.

"Blaine will run and Amy (Ryan) will keep the ride on him – he's on the up.

"York Glory is a possible. He ran poorly at Doncaster last week when I thought I had him back to something like his best but nothing has come to light.

"Declan McDonogh will ride him if Captain Ramius doesn't run, which is doubtful now because of the ground and that's a shame as it was going to be his swansong.

"He's been a very good horse and if there's a downpour he could still run, but the main thing is that he retires sound."

David O'Meara remains undecided over whether to let last weekend's Curragh winner Watchable make a quick reappearance.

The four-year-old won the "Bold Lad" Sprint Handicap by a head on what was just his seventh career start, with the victory propelling him to the head of the market for the Scottish feature.

However, O'Meara has yet to commit to the handicap showpiece with the fact Watchable is still relatively inexperienced uppermost in his mind.

"I haven't decided whether Watchable runs yet," he said."He's come back from Ireland fine, and he seems well in himself. "He's only really had this season as a racehorse though and he's already done quite a bit.

"He's going to be a very good horse. We'll decide nearer the time."
 
Sea The Moon forced to retire
Sea The Moon, who was ruled out of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe through injury, has been retired.

Niko Lafrentz of owners Gestut Gorlsdorf told the German website GaloppOnline that the impressive German Derby winner will not run again and will be retired to an as-yet undecided stud.

The son of Sea The Stars won four of his five career outings for trainer Markus Klug, with his only defeat coming in the Grosser Preis Von Baden earlier this month.
It later transpired Sea The Moon had suffered a recurrence of the injury he picked up when winning the German Classic by 11 lengths back in July, but connections had hoped he would be able to race on next year.
 
Arc an option for classy Dolniya
Dolniya has emerged a possible Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe contender for the Aga Khan after her fine run in the Prix Vermeille on Sunday.

Alain de Royer-Dupre's filly fared best of the three-year-olds in the Group One and may have the honour of carrying the famous green and red silks on the first Sunday in October.

Earlier in the season, stablemates Shamkala and Zarshana were in the mix for the Arc but that duo now has other options, including a trip to Ascot on Champions Day.

"Dolniya is still a possibility for the Arc," said Georges Rimaud, the Aga Khan's racing manager. "As she has only come on the scene quite recently we need to discuss things.

"We'll see how she comes out of this first. She will have other options, but the Arc is still one of them.

"Zarshana is still a possibility for Ascot, nothing has been ruled out. Several options are open to her and nothing has been ruled out.

"Shamkala could also go to Ascot but she won't run in the Arc. She will run again this season but over a shorter distance than a mile and a half. She wasn't beaten far in the Prix Diane.

"I don't think it was stamina which beat her last time, though, it was a combination of the course itself (Deauville) and the ground at the time."
 
 

 

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